Apple on Tuesday announced an all-new iPad Air during its “Time Flies” digital event. The new iPad Air is reminiscent of Apple’s iPad Pro and gives the Pro a run for its money in terms of the value it provides.
The iPad Air features an edge-to-edge display with a 10.9” Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640). The display comes with True-Tone support and it comes laminated with an anti-reflective coating. In other to gain more screen space for the display, Apple decided to move the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the power button at the top of the tablet.
The new iPad Air is powered by the A14 Bionic chip which Apple calls its “most advanced chip” and is the first in the industry to use the 5nm technology. Apple promises a massive boost in performance and it is said to be 40% faster than the previous iPad Air. The latest iPad Air brings 30% improved GPU performance, and a “breakthrough machine learning capabilities” thanks to its 16-core neural engine.
On the camera side, it comes with a 12MP rear camera which supports 4k video capture and high-resolution pictures. At the front is a 7MP front-facing HD FaceTime camera. The iPad Air also features redesigned stereo speakers.
The tablet comes with a USB-C port just like in the iPad Pro. It supports 20W fast charging, 5Gbps data transfers, WiFi 6 and there is also an LTE variant which Apple says offers 60% faster LTE connectivity.
The all-new iPad Air supports the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard. It will also support the Smart Keyboard Folio and the new Smart Folio Covers. The tablet will go on sale next month with a starting price of $599. It will be available in silver, space gray, rose gold, green and sky blue colours.