Today Apple pulled out of its newest tablets. We have a brand new iPad Air as well as a performance upgrade for the entry-level iPad.
Let’s start with the new iPad Air. It has a fresh design that is clearly inspired by the iPad Pro line. The screen bezels are smaller, the port is USB-C instead of Lightning (and you get a 20W charger in the box).
The new iPad Air
The tablet takes up the same space as its predecessor, but now has a 10.9-inch liquid retina display with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 due to the smaller frame. TouchID is integrated in the new power switch mounted on top.
The new iPad Air is powered by Apple’s new A14 Bionic chipset, which is expected to be included in the upcoming iPhone 12 family when it launches later this year. The A14 is based on a 5 nm process and is the first in the industry to reach this milestone.
It has a 6-core CPU design with two high-performance cores and four high-performance cores. Performance is 40% better than the previous iPad Air. The GPU is 30% faster.
On the back is the same camera as the iPad Pro models, a 12-megapixel shooter with f / 1.8 aperture, support for 4K video recording at 60 frames per second, 240 frames per second in slow motion and improved video stabilization . For selfies, you get a 7MP camera with f / 2.0 aperture and 1080p video at 60 fps.
The tablet has Wi-Fi 6 on board, two speakers and support for Apple Pencil, which is magnetically attached to the side for pairing, charging and saving. Apple will also offer a floating keyboard case for it.
The new iPad Air with iPadOS 14 will be available next month in silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue starting at $ 599 (Wi-Fi only) or $ 729 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) with 64GB his camp. It’s also offered with 256GB of storage for $ 749 / $ 879.
iPad (8th generation)
The entry-level iPad of the eighth generation (2020) now has the A12 Bionic chipset with a 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU at the top.
Otherwise, this tablet is exactly the same as its predecessor, including a 10.2-inch display and large frames. The price has also stayed the same: $ 329 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $ 459 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.
At these prices you only get 32 GB of storage. There’s a 128GB configuration for $ 429 / $ 559. Pre-orders begin today and the 8th generation iPad will be available in Silver, Space Gray and Gold this Friday.