Apple has unveiled the latest iPad Air update today which has an uncanny resemblance with iPad Pro design. The design has changed significantly as compared to the iPad launched last year – that one had a thick top along with bezels at the bottom and a Touch button ID. The latest entry to the iPad Air series has much thinner bezels over the display. It is priced at $599.
The latest iPad boasts a bigger 10.9-inch liquid Retina display. In addition, the screen is completely laminated with True Tone support as well as an anti-reflective coating. To make this happen, Apple has adjusted the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and placed it near the power button present at the top. Do you know that this is the first-ever iPad in history to carry a biometric built in the power button feature?
Apple has also made alterations with regards to the chips powering the tablet. Now, an A14 Bionic powers the device – its 5nm chip having a six-core CPU and 11.8 billion transistors. Apple has, in fact, guaranteed a 40% improvement from its last iPad Air. For this, it has given special attention to the graphics support and four-core GPU.
Apparently, this is the “most advanced chip” ever made, as it has a specific learning accelerator installed in it that apps can use to improve performance. During the event, Apple also gave a demo to show how different apps work using this incredible new chip!
Another change that Apple has embraced has to do with the USB-C – previously used only in the iPad Pro! Now, it will support 20W charging along with the 5Gbps data transfers like a pro – pun intended! Users will also get additional options like the LTE models that offer 60% faster LTE connectivity.
Apple has borrowed another feature from its sister series iPad Pro – the 12-megapixel rear camera. The latest iPad Air now has improved video stabilization, a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and a smart HDR for video capturing.
Apparently, the latest iPad is all set to support the Apple Pencil (currently priced at $129)! In addition to this, it will also support the Magic Keyboard accessory, priced at $299, which adds more similarity with iPad Pro.
There’s no argument that most of these devices are placed at an affordable range. But let’s face it, the new iPad still lacks the high refresh 120Hz display, Face ID support, and oh, the lidar camera feature!
And you know what? It’s available in five different colors: sky blue, rose gold, space gray, silver, and green!