Today at its “Time Flies” event Apple unveiled the iPad Air 4th generation, giving the iPad Air lineup a much needed revamp since the 3rd generation launched in March of last year.
The new iPad Air 4 features an expansive all-screen design, getting rid of the home button and following the design language of the iPad Pro. The screen itself is a Liquid Retina 10.9-inch display that houses 3.8 million pixels, P3 wide color support, True Tone, but no ProMotion. The design as stated gets rid of the home button but does feature a thicker bezel than the iPad Pro.
One of the biggest design changes is in regards to Touch ID. In the past Touch ID has always been housed under the home button, however since Apple began moving to an all-screen design, it’s vanished. With the iPad Air 4, it makes a return under the power button. Like the home button, Apple says you don’t need to press it in order to unlock the device if it’s already awake. Simply placing a finger on the button at any angle will unlock the iPad.
If you were by chance planning to own the new iPad Air and have an older iPad Pro laying around, there’s some good news for you. The new iPad supports existing accessories such as the Magic floating keyboard with a built-in trackpad, Smart Keyboard Folio case, and new covers alongside support for the 2nd gen. Apple Pencil.
Under the hood, the iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip, the first chip apart of the A14 lineup which is expected to debut in October with the iPhone 12. Apple says the new A14 Bionic chip delivers 40% faster CPU performance thanks to its 6 core design over the 3rd generation iPad Air which housed an A12 Bionic chip. In terms of graphics, Apple says the new A14X delivers 30% faster graphics performance than the previous model.
Using breakthrough 5-nanometer process technology, A14 Bionic is packed with 11.8 billion transistors for increased performance and power efficiency in nearly every part of the chip. This latest-generation A-series chip features a new 6-core design for a 40 percent boost in CPU performance, and a new 4-core graphics architecture for a 30 percent improvement in graphics.Apple
The new iPad Air also features a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 12MP rear camera, the same one used in the iPad Pro capable of 4K video recording. There are also new stereo speakers in landscape mode. In terms of connectivity, the iPad Air joins the iPad Pro in using USB-C and includes WiFi 6 and 50% faster LTE.
In terms of options, the new iPad will start at 64GB for $599, $100 more than the starting price of the previous iPad Air 3rd gen. There are a total of 5 colors, Rose Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and for the first time in an iPad brand new Green and Sky Blue colors. It will be available starting next month.