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Apple launches iPad Air and Mini ahead of March 25 event

FILE PHOTO: Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, U.S., August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

(Reuters) - Apple Inc in a surprise announcement on Monday launched 10.5-inch iPad Air and a 7.9-inch iPad Mini ahead of its March 25 event.

The iPhone maker had said it would hold a media event on March 25, where it was expected to launch next-generation AirPods, an AirPower wireless charging mat and a new affordable iPad.

The Apple webstore has been down since Sunday evening, prompting speculations of a launch.

(Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru)