Apple unveils the new iPad Air
Apple unveiled a new iPad Air that will be available next month priced from $599.
The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640) that is fully laminated with True Tone support and anti-reflective coating.
The device is powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic, a 5nm chip with a six-core CPU (two high, four low), and 11.8 billion transistors.
According to Apple, the new iPad Air will have a 40 percent performance improvement over the last iPad Air and improved graphics support as it features a four-core GPU.
The tech giant notes that this is the “most advanced chip” it has ever made, and it even includes specific machine learning accelerators that apps will be able to use.
Apple not only moved the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, it also switched to a USB-C on the iPad Air.
The device will support 20W charging, 5Gbps data transfers, Wi-Fi 6 and optional LTE models will be available.
The iPad Air will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera with improved video stabilization and a front-facing 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, with smart HDR and support for 1080p 60fps video capture.
This latest iPad Air will also support the (new) $129 Apple Pencil, which magnetically attaches to the tablet and will also support Apple’s $179 Smart Keyboard Folio and new $79 Smart Folio covers.
However, The iPad Air will not feature the refresh 120Hz display found on the iPad Pro, Face ID support, and its new lidar camera.
Apple says the new iPad Air will be available next month in five colours: silver, space grey, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
Local availability and pricing are yet to be announced.
Written by: Gabriella Steyn.