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Apple Announces S$599 5th-gen iPad mini 2019 With A12 Processor, Pencil Support

Apple’s iPad mini range is the perfect ultra-portable gadget for on-the-go productivity but has not seen an update in four years. Not anymore – with the 5th gen 2019 iPad Mini, Apple has updated most aspects of this handy 7.9-inch device, while keeping its outward appearance and form factor largely similar to its predecessor.

Just like the iPad Air, the iPad Mini now sports the latest A12 Bionic chip – the same as the ones on the iPhone XS and XR phones launched last year. With the bump in processing capabilities, Apple claims it ensures the new iPad Mini can now deliver “three times the performance” of this predecessor, with “nine times faster graphics” – so powerful, the company touts its ability to easily and smoothly edit 4K video.

This enhanced capability means that augmented reality experiences and 3D games can be more immersive and realistic when experienced on the new iPad Mini.

With the A12 chip on board, Apple touts the ability of the new 2019 iPad Mini to smoothly and easily edit 4K video. Image: Apple

The display on the mini has also been improved. With the same 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution, the mini now sports True Tone tech, along with DCI-P3 wide-colour gamut. Most notably, the featherweight brings support for the Apple Pencil (Gen 1). This makes it even more ideal for mobile productivity and note-taking, especially with top-notch applications like Notability and Procreate.

Compatibility with the Apple Pencil (Gen 1) means greater flexibility and usefulness for busy individuals. Image: Apple

For cameras, it retains the same 8-megapixel rear shooter, while bumping up the 1.2-megapixel selfie camera to a 7-megapixel FaceTime HDR front-facing wonder.

The 7.9-inch iPad mini is available in silver, space grey and gold finishes, and in 64GB and 256GB configurations. Available for order from today, the iPad mini starts at SGD 599 (Wi-Fi only) and SGD 799 (Wi-Fi + Cellular). The Apple Pencil (1st generation) is available separately at SGD 138.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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