Hot Deal: Get $400 Off 12.9-Inch Apple iPad Pro (2017)

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On March 25th, the company is expected to pull back the curtain on its new streaming video and news services, and it just might do so without any new hardware on-stage at all.

As to the device itself, the new 10.5-inch iPad Air features Apple's latest A12 Bionic chip, with the ultra-thin design that distinguished the original 2013 iPad Air from the prior fourth-generation iPad. Apple claims as 70 percent boost in performance as well as two times the graphics capability.

The iPad Mini has the same 7.9-inch, 2048x1536 screen it's always had, but has been updated with Apple Pencil support and wide-colour P3 gamut, plus True Tone again. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro have flat sides that accommodate a magnetic attachment point for carrying the second-generation Apple Pencil, this magnetic point also has a built-in inductive charger for the Pencil.

The iPad Air boasts the powerful A12 chip found in the iPhone XS and XR, and includes a ƒ/2.4 8MP rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera; neither camera supports Portrait mode.

The new iPad Air starts at $779 for the 64GB Wi-Fi option and $979 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular.

The new iPad Air retained the "old" iPad design - bigger bezels on top and bottom, Touch ID button beneath the screen - but the big difference is its size.

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It feels to me that, with the iPad Air and iPad, that the marketing types got into the act and made something that should have been simple more complicated than it needs to be.

Apple Inc debuted a new mid-tier iPad with a larger screen and introduced the first iPad mini update since 2015.

The iPad mini 5 starts from $399. Apple's decision not to ditch its smallest tablet and instead give it a new lease of life is, frankly, a surprise in many ways, but it's one I'm pleased to see. That screen size is larger than the 9.7-inch, $329 (10,400 baht) model designed for education that Apple launched previous year. Both the tablets support Apple pencil.

The new iPads come in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Note that both the tablets support only the old Apple Pencil and not the new one.

In a surprising move, given Apple has scheduled a special event next week, the company has released updates to the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Staying connected is now easier and faster with iPad mini and iPad Air, featuring the same great Wi-Fi performance and Gigabit-class LTE connectivity built into the most advanced iPad Pro models.

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