New iPad Air and iPad mini models include support for Apple Pencil and LTE Band 71


Apple today rolled out new iPad models, including a refresh for the iPad mini which was last updated three and a half years ago.

First up is the larger of the two new iPads. The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch 2224×1668 display, up from the 9.7-inch screen found on the last iPad Air model. This updated iPad Air’s fully laminated display also boasts wide color support and True Tone technology. With True Tone enabled, your iPad will adjust its screen’s color and intensity to match the ambient light, which Apple says will help to make images on the display look more natural.

Another update to this iPad Air is its A12 Bionic processor. While that’s not quite the brand new A12X chip found in Apple’s new iPad Pro models, it is a fairly new processor as its the same one being used in Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The updated iPad Air also includes Apple Pencil support, though it does only work with the first generation Apple Pencil, not the newer model that supports the iPad Pro. Apple will also sell a Smart Keyboard accessory for the new iPad Air.

Other specs of the updated iPad Air include 8MP rear and 7MP front camreas, stereo speakers, a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a Lightning port for charging and syncing, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple says the iPad Air’s battery will get you up to 10 hours of usage on Wi-Fi or up to nine hours of use on cellular.

The new iPad Air is available with 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage. The 64GB model costs $499 for the Wi-Fi only model or $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB iPad Air starts at $649 for the Wi-Fi version or $779 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.


And then there’s the iPad mini. The last time that the iPad mini got an update was in late 2015. The good news is that while the new iPad mini looks a lot like the old iPad mini, the new version has gotten some upgraded specs.

Included with the fifth generation iPad mini is an A12 Bionic processor that Apple says offers three times the performance and nine times faster graphics than the A8 processor found in the previous iPad mini. The new iPad mini also includes support for the first gen Apple Pencil.

The display on the iPad mini is a 7.9-inch 2048×1536 panel, which is the same as the previous model, but Apple says the screen on its new iPad mini is 25 percent brighter than the old model. Like the new iPad Air, this new iPad mini also gets a fully laminated screen with wide color support and True Tone technology.

Also on the iPad mini’s spec list are 8MP rear and 7MP front cameras, stereo speakers, Touch ID, a Lightning port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery is rated to last up to 10 hours of use on Wi-Fi or up to nine hours on cellular.

The new iPad mini is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage and Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. Pricing for the 64GB model starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and goes up to $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB variant starts at $549 for the Wi-Fi model and is $679 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

T-Mobile hasn’t announced whether or not it’ll sell these new iPad models. I’ve reached out for confirmation and will update this post when I hear back. T-Mo has sold several iPads in the past and currently offers five iPads, including the previous generation iPad mini, so it’s entirely possible that Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini will be sold by T-Mobile as well.

When it comes to cellular connectivity, Apple says that both of its new iPad models include support for the LTE Bands used by T-Mobile, which are 2, 4, 5, 12, 66, and 71. This is especially notable for the iPad mini, as the previous gen model was missing support for LTE Bands 12, 66, and 71. The full list of LTE bands supported by these new iPads looks like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71.


UPDATE: T-Mobile CEO John Legere has confirmed that T-Mo will carry both the new iPad Air and the new iPad mini. No pricing details are available quite yet, but I’ll update you with more info as it becomes available.

Source: Apple

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  • mikeZo6

    No 5G or 5G ready at all cause of intel chipset
    need Qualcomm chipsets for ALL APPLE PRODUCTS AGAIN

    • riverhorse

      At this point I’m not worried.
      1. if Band 71 is still 2 years away from availability everywhere(& hopefully no v2.0 update appears)
      2. 5G with all software/hardware/spec, initial glitches and updates…
      It’s way too early still.
      I’ve reversed course- can even accept no Band 71, as long as nothing else is missing/subpar component wise.
      More importantly, I wish they–everyone would go the removable/extended battery w/ dual charging kit route.

      • mikeZo6

        WTH u talking about band 71 is already ON and ACTIVE on Tmo please read and keep up with current Technology LMAO
        Band 71 is 4G LTE also going to be BASE BAND for 5G

        • riverhorse

          I’m not your family, treat me with respect. Band may be active in your basement, but a lot of cities can’t use it until the TV Station using it gives it up. It happens to be a UHF TV band being transferred to the cellular industry–gradually, thru the years. Got it, Stooge?

        • mikeZo6

          Please if ur confused on topics research before posting.
          thank u Have a great day…Never disrespect u at all Facts are Facts.don’t want people getting wrong information here..

        • riverhorse

          oK3y, WilL d0 s0.

    • JG

      I don’t think anyone was really expecting Apple to jump on the 5G bandwagon this early – irregardless of their relationship with Qualcomm, or any other chip/modem OEM. Kind of like how they didn’t launch an LTE iPhone in the first year. Apple likes to sit on technologies for awhile before they introduce them in their devices. Even less complicated things like wireless charging and NFC.

  • Scott

    And support for the OLD Pencil???? And charging an extra $99 for it….. Love paying for old technology.

  • BillBurnett

    <<<— Wondering then if this year's iPhones will also have band 71. (Reports / rumors have suggested not until 2021).

    • mikeZo6

      iphone XS iphone Xs Max and iphone XR already support band 71
      Apple website
      FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71
      In case you hadn’t heard, Apple announced three new iPhones 2018. … But for one US carrier, the 2018 crop of iPhones is particularly significant. They’re the first that support LTE band 71, the 600MHz frequency that T-Mobile is using to build out its network.Sep 12, 2018

      • BillBurnett


        • mikeZo6


        • mikeZo6

          Band 71 is 4G LTE and also will be BASE BAND for 5G the 2021 is for iPhones with 5G modems

  • Sharti24

    No usb-c charging port?