The fresh iPad Air goes all-display veil, adds Magic Keyboard beef up

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A yr and a half of after the previous refresh, Apple takes a scalpel to the iPad Air.

Samuel Axon and Jim Salter

The new iPad Air goes all-screen, adds Magic Keyboard support


Apple announced a fresh CPU at present for the eighth-generation iPad, the A12 Bionic. The A12 Bionic, featured in the substandard iPad model, affords a 40 percent sooner CPU and 20 percent sooner GPU than seventh-generation iPads, and Apple says that additionally device the A12 is twice as fleet because the terminate-promoting Dwelling windows computer, three cases sooner than the terminate-promoting Android tablet, and 6 cases sooner than the main Chromebook.

iPad Air

  • The fresh iPad Air capabilities a 10.9″ Liquid Retina describe, a fresh Contact ID sensor in the terminate button, camera and audio upgrades, and the fresh A14 Bionic CPU, Apple’s most highly efficient CPU ever.

  • The fresh iPad Air starts at $599, on hand beginning in October 2020.

  • The iPad Air comes in 5 colors: silver, attach gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.

Correct as many analysts and leakers predicted, Apple introduced an iPad Air all over its “Time Flies” livestream tournament at present. The fresh iPad Air comes a couple of yr and a half of after the final refresh, however it does more than the previous replace did: it overhauls the overall produce of the instrument. The iPad Air will likely be on hand in October, beginning at $599. It comes in 5 colors: silver, attach gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.

Taking cues from the more costly iPad Knowledgeable, the iPad Air now has very much diminished bezels, no dwelling button, and rounded display veil edges. It would not, however, possess the front-going through TrueDepth sensor array that the iPad Knowledgeable uses for Face ID authentication. Pretty, it introduces one thing fresh to Apple devices—albeit no longer fresh to person cell devices in customary. Apple designed a fresh model of touch ID, integrated into the terminate button (which would not seem visually numerous). Below the button is a laser-cut sapphire lens and custom sensor for reading users’ fingerprints.

The iPad Air gets the fresh A14 Bionic CPU, constructed on 5nm process know-how. It’s a six-core CPU with two excessive-performance cores and 4 decrease-energy, more ambiance friendly cores for less complicated background obligations. The A14 Bionic affords a 30 percent GPU performance boost in comparison to previous generations, and Apple says it places up double the graphics performance of traditional laptops.

It additionally affords a 16-core neural engine for machine-studying performance—which will embody many capabilities historical in graphics editors, recount assistants, and more—besides to a fresh DJ utility which permits “air scratching” gestures made above the iPad.

  • The fresh iPad Air’s camera is 12MP and affords 4K video with enhanced stabilization.

  • The front camera on the iPad Air is 7MP and shoots at 1080p.

The iPad Air will additionally divulge a USB-C connector, allowing connections to devices such as external cameras, and a 60 percent sooner LTE modem. The camera has been as much as this level to 12MP with 4K video and enhanced video stabilization. The speaker diagram is additionally redesigned, with stereo provide in panorama mode.

The Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Air will be available for $179 and offers layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Enlarge / The Smooth Keyboard Folio for iPad Air will likely be on hand for $179 and affords layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.


Additionally in the realm of produce, the iPad Air now has a connector nicely matched with the Magic Keyboard peripheral the corporate launched for the iPad Knowledgeable a couple of months in the past. That peripheral affords a trackpad (trackpad beef up became once added to iPadOS final yr) and roughly the same form of keyboard found in Apple’s desktop keyboard of the same title. The Magic Keyboard will rate $279, and Smooth Keyboard Folio for iPad Air will likely be $179.