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Apple might upgrade the iMac Pro soon, 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini revealed today

Apple iPad Air with smart keyboard and Apple Pencil (Source: Apple Newsroom)
Apple iPad Air with smart keyboard and Apple Pencil (Source: Apple Newsroom)
Although Apple has already announced a March 25 event, it seems like the updated tablets will not be there, because the Cupertino-based tech giant has just introduced the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini. However, there is still no official info regarding the rumored iMac Pro upgrade.

Last Saturday, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman posted on Twitter a message suggesting that Apple could have new iPad and iMac announcements in store for the week ahead. Now, it looks like he was — at least partially — right. Earlier today, Apple unveiled a 10.5-inch iPad Air and a 7.9-inch iPad mini with Apple Pencil support, but there is still no word about an upgraded iMac (or iMac Pro).

According to the aforementioned Twitter post, Apple's iPad announcements can be considered "a real statement about how much it wants to focus its March 25th event on its news and video services." However, the Cupertino-based tech giant might focus the event on its services AND an upgraded — or even a completely new — piece of hardware. Will it be an upgraded iMac? Will Apple come up with something unexpected like a foldable tablet the size of a Galaxy View? Remains to see.

Without further ado, these are the highlights of the new iPads as described by Apple:

  • 10.5-inch iPad Air: "high-end features and performance at a breakthrough price" 
  • 7.9-inch iPad mini: "Apple Pencil support, advanced Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip" packed in "a beloved design"

In addition to the two new tablets, Apple also announced that iWork for iOS will get an update next week. This update will deliver enhanced Apple Pencil integration, including new animation options in Keynote, as well as an overhauled interface that allows easy implementation of build effects such as move, rotate, and scale.

The new iPads come in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The two storage options provide 64 GB or 256 GB of internal space. The starting prices for the US market are US$399 for the iPad mini WiFi and US$499 for the iPad Air WiFi. The WiFi + Cellular models start at US$529 and US$629.

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New iPad mini with Apple Pencil support (Source: Apple Newsroom)
New iPad mini with Apple Pencil support (Source: Apple Newsroom)
Complete iPad lineup as of March 2019 (Source: Apple Newsroom)
Complete iPad lineup as of March 2019 (Source: Apple Newsroom)

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Mark Gurman (on Twitter)

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-03-18 (Update: 2019-03-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.