Apple updates $399 iPad mini with Apple Pencil support

Apple updated the iPad mini for the first time in three and a half years, updating the tablet with a new processor and support for the pencil pen. The iPad mini now has the A12 Bionic processor last year, instead of the A8 of 2014. Its storage is decreasing to 64 GB, but its price remains the same at $ 399. Along with the iPad mini, Apple also announced a new 10.5-inch iPad Air for $ 499.

The renewed iPad mini comes in silver, gray and a slightly pink gold. It can be upgraded to 256 GB of storage for an additional $ 150, and can be configured with LTE for another $ 130.

Apple has also given a series to the iPad mini updates The new model becomes brighter, can show more colors and includes Apple's True Tone technology to automatically change the color temperature to match the tablet's environment.

The rear camera of the iPad mini seems to have remained the same, but the selfie camera has been the same. updated to a 7 megapixel sensor from a 1.2 megapixel sensor in the previous model.

The updates were announced in a press release sent this morning in an unusually quiet approach to Apple, which has typically held ad events for even the smallest iPad updates. In fact, Apple will have an event next week, on March 25, when the company is expected to reveal the details of its television broadcast service and news subscription service. The release of these minor iPad updates today seems to stay focused on those.

Over the past few years, the iPad mini has been a particularly bad deal. The tablet had an old processor and a high price, you could get the iPad faster, better and bigger for less, but now, the line of Apple tablets has a little more sense. The mini costs more than the entry-level iPad, but it has a newer processor. And the new 10.5-inch iPad Air on the mini has the same specifications, so you pay more for a larger screen.

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