Today Apple officially opened up pre-orders for its brand new 4th generation iPad Air. Announced at its September 15th Time Flies event, the iPad brings the “iPad Air” lineup to near Pro levels. The new iPad is expected to ship alongside the 12 and 12 Pro which went live for pre-orders today on October 23rd.
The new iPad sports an edge to edge design with no home button, but still a rather noticeable and bigger bezel than the iPad Pro. The screen is 10.9 inches and is a Liquid Retina display housing 3.8 million pixels. While the iPad Air does offer True Tone, it lacks in Pro Motion.
Perhaps the biggest change however is Touch ID. This year Apple placed the Touch ID sensor within the power button, a first for any Apple device. The new sensor works as you’d expect, allowing you to unlock your device by simply placing your finger on the sensor.
The new iPad also includes the first time we’ve seen Apple’s next-generation chip lineup, the A14. The iPad Air features an A14 Bionic chip with 11.8 billion transistors, offering 40% faster CPU speeds than the previous generation. The new chipset also includes a new 16-core Neural Engine and a 2nd generation machine learning accelerator. In plain English, its the fastest iPad currently makes.
The iPad like most features a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and a 12MP rear camera from the iPad Pro. Like the iPad Pro, the Air comes with a USB-C port and brand new stereo speakers in landscape mode.
The new iPad comes in 5 colors including silver, space gray, rose gold, and the all-new green and sky blue. The base model with 64GB and WiFi only costs $599, and $729 for WiFi+Cellular. Apple is only offering this year’s iPad in two storage configurations, 64GB or 256GB, the highest-end model will cost $879.