Apple today launched the 4th generation iPad Air alongside the 8th generation vanilla iPad. With its new offering, Apple is redesigning the iPad Air range and adding serious firepower that puts it in the same league as the iPad Pro portfolio. Specifically, Apple is offering the new iPad Air in a pair of new colors not yet in the company's portfolio – green and sky blue. Apple is aimed at creative professionals with high demands, which are handled by the new 5nm-based A14 Bionic processor which supposedly offers a 40% increase in performance and enables 4K editing on the device. Well, that is pretty impressive for a tablet. Here's everything you need to know about Apple's 4th generation iPad Air:
A beautiful display
The new iPad Air comes with a 10.9-inch liquid retina display equipped with the company's True Tone technology . It covers the entire DCI-P3 color range and has a resolution of 2360 × 1640 pixels which corresponds to a pixel density of 264PPI . The panel offers a peak brightness of 500 nits and is also provided with a layer of oleophobic coating. It supports pen input from Apple Pencil and the full range of pressure sensitivity and tilt detection tools. Just like the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air rocks uniform bezels on all four edges. And for an even more intense multimedia experience, it offers stereo speakers on both sides.
Apple has equipped the 4th iteration of the iPad Air with the new A14 Bionic processor which is based on the . 5 nm process . The hexa-core Apple SoC is said to offer a 40% increase in raw processing performance compared to the A12 Bionic. It also brings a 30% improvement in the graphics department . In addition, the 4-core neural engine should be twice as fast for machine learning and have 10 times more computing power. The battery built into the iPad Air has a nominal output of 28.6 Wh and supports 20 W fast charging. It should watch video or surf the Internet for up to 10 hours. In addition, the connectivity department is strengthened by supporting the Wi-Fi 6 standard .
In particular, Apple has removed the Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the home button and integrated it into the power button on the side. According to Apple, the device has a housing made from 100% recycled aluminum and also uses 100% recycled rare earth elements in the speakers. It's also compatible with the Magic Keyboard, which has a built-in trackpad. And just like the iPad Pro 2020, the 4th generation iPad Air dispenses with the Lightning connector and instead opts for a USB Type-C connector .
Apple has also upgraded its new iPad Air range of cameras. On the back you will find a single 1245 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 1.8 . It supports functions such as live photos with stabilization, live photos, Smart HDR for photos and burst mode, among others. It can also record 4K video at up to 60 fps and Full HD slo-mo video at a frame rate of up to 240 fps . The 4th generation iPad Air offers a 7MP FaceTime HD camera with an aperture of 1: 2.0 on the front. The front snapper can record FHD videos at 60 fps and also supports Smart HDR.
Price and availability
The 4th generation iPad Air can be ordered immediately in the Apple Store and will be available from Friday. You can choose it in five colors – space gray, silver, rose gold, green, and sky blue. This is how much you have to pay for Apple's latest tablet:
- iPad Air 64GB 4th generation (Wi-Fi only) – $ 599 / Rs. 54,900 in India  4th generation iPad Air 64 GB (Wi-Fi + cellular) – $ 729 / Rs. 66,900 in India
- 4th generation iPad Air 256 GB (Wi-Fi only) Fi) – $ 749
- 4th generation iPad Air 256 GB (Wi-Fi + cellular) – $ 879