Apple iPad Air (2020) Wi-Fi Price, Specifications, Features, Comparison

Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2020

Apple removed the Home button from the iPad Air, shifting Touch ID to the top button.

On the display front, the iPad Air is increasing the screen size from 10.5 inches to 10.9 inches for a 2,360-by-1,640-pixel resolution. Apple says the chip delivers significantly improved graphical performance over the A10 processor that was in its previous entry-level iPad model. It has a full screen display, and comes with five brand new colours, with rose gold, green and sky-blue being the new colour options. There is support for the 2nd gen Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, and the Apple Magic Keyboard. As a great novelty, the iPad 8 will have a USB C port for charging.

Since the new iPad Air was only announced today, you can't walk into a store just yet to pick one up.

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Apple has retained the familiar design, but has made a few meaningful upgrades when it comes to the internal hardware.

The 8th-gen iPad starts at $US300 ($411) (or $US200 ($274) for education) and will go on sale this Friday. You still get Touch ID fingerprint scanning though as Apple has embedded one in the side-mounted flat power/standby button. The 8th-gen iPad continues to look similar as the original iPad design. For instance, it drops the Lightning connector for USB-C, making it much easier to connect your peripherals to the tablet. The new iPad Air ditches the thick bezels for slimmer and uniform ones. Wi-Fi + Cellular costs US$459 for 32GB and US$559 for 128GB.

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This is definitely the biggest upgrade to the iPad Air, ever.

There's no risk that you'll confuse the previous-gen iPad Air with the 2020 model even at a glance.

As usual, the 8th gen iPad still boasts up to 10 hours of battery life. This eight-generation iPad will come with a 10.2-inch display and is powered by the company's A12 bionic processor.

Connectivity support extends to Wi-Fi 6, while LTE is said to be 60% faster than in earlier models. The iPad Air 4 is also capable of 30% faster graphics processing over the Air 3, which will be especially noticeable to gamers and video editors. You can choose between 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants, in both Wi-Fi and cellular configurations. Outside of the Fortnite debacle, there really is an iPad for everyone, and you don't have to use an iPhone to get an iPad, unlike the Apple Watch.