Apple announced 4th generation iPad Air 10.9-inch with a new redesign and powered by Apple’s advanced A14 Bionic chip for a boost in performance. iPad Air introduces three new color options rose gold, green, and sky blue alongside silver and space gray color. The new iPad Air featuring a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, camera, and audio upgrades, and a new integrated Touch ID sensor in the built-in top power button. The new iPad Air will be available next month starting at $599.
“Today we’re excited to introduce a completely redesigned and far more powerful iPad Air, debuting Apple’s most powerful chip ever made, the A14 Bionic,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With its gorgeous new all-screen design, larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, next-generation Touch ID, and a massive boost in performance with A14 Bionic, the new iPad Air brings customers powerful pro features at an even more affordable price. Along with major upgrades to the iPad Pro and eighth-generation iPad this year, and the powerful new features of iPadOS 14, this is our strongest iPad lineup ever, giving our customers even more ways to enrich their daily lives.”
The new iPad Air comes in thin and light design, with new all-screen design features a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retinal display for a stunning visual experience, with 3.8 million pixels and advanced technologies, including full lamination, P3 wide color support, True Tone, and an anti-reflective coating for an amazing visual experience. The next-generation Touch ID sensor rightly integrated into the top button, providing the same fast speed, easy, and secure way to unlock iPad Air, log in to apps or use Apple Pay.
New iPad Air compatible with Magic Keyboard and its floating design, and built-in trackpad, Smart Keyboard Folio, and new Smart Folio covers, as well as Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically to the side for easy pairing, charging, and storing.
The new iPad Air powered by the latest A14 Bionic chip using breakthrough 5nm technology, packed with 11.8 billion transistors for increased performance and power efficiency in nearly every part of the chip. A14 Bionic chip handles most demanding apps, and even easier to edit 4K videos, creating gorgeous work of art, playing immersive games, and more. In the live event showcase A14 Bionic massive jump in GPU performance and graphics quality.
The A14 Bionic features a new 6-core design for a 40 percent boost in CPU performance, and a new 4-core graphics architecture for a 30 percent improvement in graphics. It delivers breakthrough machine learning capabilities with a new 16-core Neural Engine that twice as fast, and capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second. A14 also includes second-generation machine learning accelerators in the CPU for 10 times faster machine learning calculations. This combination of the new Neural Engine, CPU machine learning accelerators, and high-performance GPU enables powerful on-device experiences for image recognition, natural language learning, analyzing motion, and more.
The new iPad Air comes with a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and the same 12MP rear camera used in iPad Pro for higher resolution photos and 4K video capture. The new design of the iPad Air features stereo speakers in landscape mode, elevating the audio experience so you can enjoy wider stereo sound while watching the video.
iPad Air has a USB-C port, that transfers data up to 5Gbps, which is 10 times faster compared to the previous generation. USB-C port allows connecting to cameras, hard drives, and external monitors up to 4K. A14 Bionic built-in Wi-Fi 6, that gains in performance and 60 percent faster LTE connectivity.
iPadOS 14 is available beginning Wednesday, September 16 means today, for all supported iPad models including the new iPad Air 4th generation.
iPadOS 14 brings new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the iPad, such as its large Multi-Touch display, and versatile accessories. iPadOS 14 further integrates Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities, and new ways to work with handwritten notes. When taking notes on the iPad, Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text can easily be selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text using the same familiar gestures.
Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding diagrams and illustrations in Notes. Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text, recognizing phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links, making it easy for users to perform actions like tapping a handwritten number to make a call.
iPadOS 14 also brings Scribble to iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly in any text field, making actions like replying to a quick iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy — all without ever needing to put Apple Pencil away. Scribble uses on-device machine learning to convert handwriting into typed text in real-time, so writing is always kept private and secure.
iPadOS 14 makes the iPad experience even more distinctive and powerful in other ways, including:
- New compact designs for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search to help users stay focused on the task at hand.
- Universal Search to quickly find practically anything, from locating and launching apps, to accessing contacts, files, and information, to getting answers to common questions about people or places.
- New sidebars for many apps including Photos and Files, and streamlined toolbars that consolidate controls into a single place, making them more useful than ever.
- Beautifully redesigned widgets that present timely information at a glance right on the Home Screen.
Apple made a new iPad Air 4th generation with environmentally friendly and use 100 percent recycled aluminum enclosure and 100 percent recycled tin for the solder on its main logic board. The new speakers in iPad Air also use magnets with 100 percent recycled rare earth elements. The new iPad Air remains free of a harmful substance, is highly energy-efficient, and uses wood fiber packaging that is recycled or comes from responsibly managed forests.