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


Apple introduced a brand new CPU at this time for the eighth era iPad, the A12 Bionic. The A12 Bionic, featured within the base iPad mannequin, presents 40% sooner CPU and 20% sooner GPU than seventh era iPads, and Apple says that additionally means it is twice as quick as the highest promoting Home windows laptop computer, thrice sooner than the highest promoting Android pill, and 6 instances sooner than the main Chromebook.

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The new iPad Air starts at $599, available beginning in October 2020.
Enlarge / The brand new iPad Air begins at $599, out there starting in October 2020.


Identical to many analysts and leakers predicted, Apple launched an iPad Air throughout its “Time Flies” livestream occasion at this time. The brand new iPad Air comes a few 12 months and a half after the final refresh, nevertheless it does greater than the earlier replace did: it overhauls the general design of the system. The iPad Air will probably be out there in October, beginning at $599.

Taking cues from the costlier iPad Professional, the iPad Air now has drastically decreased bezels, no dwelling button, and rounded display screen edges. It doesn’t, nevertheless, have the front-facing TrueDepth sensor array that the iPad Professional makes use of for Face ID authentication. Reasonably, it introduces one thing new to Apple gadgets—albeit not new to shopper cell gadgets generally. The brand new iPad Air has the long-rumored in-screen fingerprint reader, one thing folks have speculated for a pair years would discover its means into lower-end iOS and iPadOS gadgets just like the iPhone SE.

Apple designed a brand new model of contact ID, built-in into the highest button (which doesn’t seem visually totally different). Beneath the button is a laser-cut sapphire lens and customized sensor for studying customers’ fingerprints.

The iPad Air will get the brand new A14 Bionic CPU, constructed on 5nm course of expertise. It is a 6 core CPU with 4 excessive efficiency cores and two lower-power, extra environment friendly cores for less complicated background duties. The A14 Bionic presents a 30% GPU efficiency increase in comparison with earlier generations, and Apple says it presents double the graphics efficiency of typical laptops.

It additionally presents a 16-core neural engine for machine studying efficiency—which may embody many options utilized in graphics editors, voice assistants, and extra—in addition to a brand new DJ software which permits “air scratching” gestures made above the iPad.

iPad Air will even carry a USB-C connector, permitting connections to gadgets resembling exterior cameras, and a 60% sooner LTE modem. The digital camera has been up to date to 12MP with 4K video, and enhanced video stabilization. The speaker system can also be redesigned, with stereo supply in panorama mode.

Additionally within the realm of design, the iPad Air now has a connector appropriate with the Magic Keyboard peripheral the corporate launched for the iPad Professional just a few months in the past. That peripheral presents a trackpad (trackpad help was added to iPadOS final 12 months) and roughly the identical sort of keyboard present in Apple’s desktop keyboard of the identical title.

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