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In addition to the new 8th generation iPad Apple also introduced the new iPad Air. This offers Touch ID without a home button, a 10,9 inch display, up to 256 GB of storage and a USB-C connection. In addition, the tablet equipped with the A14 Bionic Chip is compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. Of course, the corresponding new features of iPadOS 14 come into play here. Further technical details and important information as well as pictures and the price of the device can be found in this post.
The new Apple iPad Air represents the 4th generation of this model series. The 3rd generation came on the market in March 2019, brought a home button and only supported the first version of the Apple Pencil. Since then the specs have changed significantly. The A12 Bionic Chip is no longer used, but the newly introduced A14 Bionic Chip. All important technical data from the iPad Air data sheet for 2020 can be found in the following list:
The price of an iPad always depends on two factors: cellular compatibility and storage capacity. With the iPad Air from September 2020 described here, there is the option of cellular or exclusive WiFi use as well as two different storage sizes. This results in the following prices:
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi + Cellular|
|64 GB memory||632,60 €||769,10 €|
|256 GB memory||798,35 €||934,80 €|
One might think that the iPad Air is a “light” and therefore slimmed-down version of the iPad. But that's not true. Rather, the iPad is the entry-level model for anyone who wants to use an iPad but doesn't want to spend too much money on it. With the current version, the iPad Air has become the budget version of the Pro series. This is also clear in a direct comparison of the two iPads presented on Tuesday.
|iPad (8th gen)||iPad Air (4th gen)|
|Display diagonal||10,2 inches (25,91 cm)||10,9 inches (27,69 cm)|
|System on Chip||A12 Bionic from 2018||A14 Bionic from 2020|
|Internal memory||32 GB or 128 GB||64 GB or 256 GB|
|cameras||1080p / 720p||4K / 1080p|
|Pencil compatibility||1. generation||2. generation|
|Wifi||802.11a / b / g / n / ac||802.11ax WLAN 6|
|Weight:||490 g or 495 g||458 g or 460 g|
|touch ID||in the home button||in the power button|
The new A14 Bionic Chip will certainly also be installed in the upcoming iPhone 12 models. If they had been part of the September 2020 keynote, the new SoC would certainly have been presented together with them. But that's how the iPad Air was used for the presentation. In addition to pro video components for 4K video editing on the tablet, there is a low power design, a highly efficient audio processor, a 40% faster CPU, 30% faster graphics performance, etc.
Thanks to the 5 nm technology, 11,8 billion transistors are used. These enable an incredible number of operations at the same time and implement machine learning on a new level. The Neural Engine also has 16 cores, the CPU works with 6 cores and the GPU with 4 cores. The A14 Bionic Chip also includes a secure enclave, a performance controller for best performance and much more.
Apple has an illustration of the new iPad Air Video released. This was also part of the special event that I gave you summarized at this point have. In addition to the two iPad models, the most important ones played Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE a role. There were also the two new subscription services “Fitness +” and “Apple One”. For the time being, however, these are rather uninteresting for users in Germany.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.