Apple’s Time Flies event came to a close and today the company has released four new hardware devices. We got the new Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, the new iPad 8th generation, and the new iPad Air was also launched by the company.
The new iPad Air comes with an iPad Pro-like all-screen design, complete with flat sides, as reports and leaks say. The tablet also has a 10.9-inch retina display with a resolution of 23601640 pixels. It’s a true tone monitor, along with P3 colour gamut support, anti-reflective coating, and it’s fully laminated.
The latest iPad Air does not add Face ID to the mix, but the design looks like the iPad Pro. Instead, on the new tablet, Apple has chosen to use Touch ID, incorporating the fingerprint scanner into the power button.
Finally, the new iPad Air also offers the Air line-up with USB Type-C. That means a bigger data transfer bandwidth, more gadgets you can attach to it, and just a better iPad Air ecosystem overall.
The new A14 Bionic chipset lies under the hood. By the way, this is the processor we will possibly also see in the next iPhone 12 series, but the iPad Air has been the first device to carry its power. Designed on a 5 nm design, the latest chipset has 11.8 billion transistors, a 40 percent improvement over the bionic A13. The SoC has a 6-core CPU with 4 high performance cores and 2 high efficiency cores, plus a 4-core GPU. Apple argues that the current iPad Air provides 40 percent better CPU performance and 30 percent better GPU performance than the previous generation iPad Air with the A14 Bionic.
In addition, there is a 16-core neural engine that can perform 11 trillion operations per second, resulting in the processor having 2x faster machine learning performance.
The iPad Air offers a single 7MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and the ability to take 1080p 60FPS videos in terms of optics. You get a 12MP camera on the rear with an aperture of f/1.8. This can shoot up to 4K videos at 60FPS, and up to 240FPS slow-motion videos.
In addition to all this, the latest iPad Air supports the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil, with its wireless charging capabilities. The Apple Pencil sticks magnetically to the iPad Air for charging and storage, similar to how it is on the iPad Pro. You also get support for the new (and costly) Magic Keyboard from Apple that has been released with the new iPad Pro.
The new iPad Air will be available next month and priced starting at $599.