First is the iPad Air, which has gotten a big redesign that makes it look more like an iPad Pro. There slim bezels to give the iPad Air an edge-to-edge screen, flat sides, USB-C, and even new color options: silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
And while it is ditching the Home button found on the previous iPad Air, this new model isn't losing the Touch ID fingerprint reader. Instead, Apple has built a fingerprint reader into the power/lock button at the top of this iPad Air, the first time we've seen Apple do this.
The new iPad Air also brings some upgraded specs. The bigger 10.9-inch 2360x1640 display includes full lamination, P3 wide color support, True Tone, and an anti-reflective coating. Like the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air is compatible with Apple's Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad as well as the Smart Keyboard Folio, and support for Apple Pencil is included as well, including the ability to magnetically attach it to the side of the iPad Air for recharging.
Inside the new iPad Air is Apple's A14 Bionic processor, the first device to get this new chip. Apple touts that the A14 Bionic uses a 5-nanometer process technology and that it has a new 6-core design to give it a 40% boost in CPU performance plus a new 4-core graphics architecture for a 30% GPU boost.
The iPad Air now has the same 12MP rear camera used on the iPad Pro, up from 8MP on the previous iPad Air. There's also a 7MP front-facing camera for your FaceTime video calls and landscape stereo speakers.
Apple will begin taking orders for the new iPad Air next month. Pricing will start at $599 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $729 for a Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. Storage options will include 64GB and 256GB.
Also announced today is the new eighth generation iPad. This is the entry-level iPad in Apple's tablet family, starting at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $459 for a Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. Buyers can choose from 32GB or 128GB of built-in storage.
The new iPad is available to order from Apple starting today and will launch on Friday.
When it comes to upgrades, the eighth generation iPad gets a newer Apple A12 Bionic processor that's offers up to 40% faster CPU performance and twice the GPU power of the previous iPad model.
Apple's new eighth generation iPad also includes features like support for the first generation Apple Pencil, a Touch ID fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and a 10.2-inch 2160x1620 display. There's an 8MP rear camera on the iPad, too, and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera on the front.