Since the launch of the very-first iPad Air in November 2013, Apple has been innovating the machine, making it more and more powerful and useful. Today, they announce their most powerful version, with A14 Bionic chip. The iPad Air also has a sleek, new design that includes a 10.9″ Liquid Retina all-screen display, and it comes in five finishes: silver, space grey, rose gold, green and sky blue.
Above: The five finishes available for the iPad Air.
The top button now integrates a next-generation Touch ID sensor so you can easily and securely unlock the iPad Air, log in to apps, or use Apple Pay with it.
Above: The top button with integrated Touch ID sensor.
The device is also compatible with the new floating Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil — which can be attached magnetically to the side for instant pairing, charging and storing. This was a feature previously only available in the high-end iPad Pro.
Above: The iPad Air fitted onto the magic keyboard with its floating design.
The new, powerful A14 Bionic chip enables easy 4k video editing, increased performance for games, and better handling for any demanding app. Overall, it gives a 40% faster CPU and 30% faster graphics.
Above: demonstrating the A14 Bionic Performance. This music app is isolating the various instruments in the track.
As expected, the camera has been upgraded as well to a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD lens, and a 12MP rear camera that is the same one used in iPad Pro.
Above: the design for the 12mp rear camera.
The charging port has been changed to USB-C so it’s a lot faster, the speakers have been redesigned for stereo sound, plus the device will come loaded with iPadOS 14 that has an improved interface, including a new compact design for the Search function.
Above: The Universal Search sidebar.
Here’s how it sits with the rest of the iPad family.
Above (from left to right):
ipad pros, iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini.
The new iPad Air will be available starting next month on APPLE.COM/SG and in the Apple Store app, with a starting price of $879, while Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $1,079.