Apple’s new iPad Air is a tablet with a 10.9 inch, 2360 x 1640 pixel display surrounded by slim bezels that leave no room for a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, so Apple moved it to to the power button. The 4th-gen iPad Air also has a USB-C port, making it easier to use your existing accessories with the tablet.

But the biggest change in this year’s iPad Air is on the inside. The 4th-gen iPad Air is the first device to ship with an Apple A14 Bionic processor – the first 5nm processor from Apple or any other company.

Apple says the tablet’s new processor features 6 CPU cores, 4 GPU cores, and 11.8 billion total transistors, which is a 40-percent boost over what was available in the company’s previous-gen 7nm chips.

Among other things, that means compared to the previous-gen iPad Air, the new model should:

  • 40-percent faster CPU performance
  • 30-percent faster graphics
  • 10X faster machine learning

Apple says the new iPad Air also brings WiFi 6, support for 60-percent faster 4G LTE, and a 20-watt USB-C power adapter.

The tablet has a 12MP rear camera and 7MP front-facing camera. And it supports accessories including the Apple Pencil and Apple Magic Keyboard.

The 4th-gen Apple iPad Air will be available for purchase in October for $599 and up.

Apple is also updating its entry-level 10.2 inch iPad with a new 8th-gen model featuring an Apple A12 processor and a starting price of $329. That model goes up for pre-order today and should be available starting Friday, September 18, 2020.

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  1. Still no SD/microSD card slot. Yawn.
    For that kind of money, I’d rather have
    a real computer, a Windows 2-in-1.

    1. that does work properly and don’t have 10% of the performance, very retard… I mean, smart decision

    1. To respond to my own question: it’s the gen 2 of the Pencil!

      That is cool. But the screen is not 120Hz like on the Pros, and I would imagine neither is the input polling rate. We’ll have to see, but it would make sense for the Air to be kept as a 60Hz device.

  2. Apple certainly makes great hardware for it’s software ecosystem. It’s a real shame with all that processing power it will just be running web apps.

      1. Apps that access the web. Safari, Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Prime Video, Gmail, etc… Apps that don’t require sustained performance, just need to be snappy.