Apple unveils all-new iPad Air, plus 8th generation iPads
The 10.2-inch iPad now come with an A12 chipset that makes use of Apple’s Nueral Engine, that means it’s quicker than previous models (natch), but also gives it the grunt to handle things like Apple Pencil and the brand’s Magic Keyboard.
That means Apple is getting serious about targeting the entry-level PC laptop market. During the launch event, Apple pointed out that its iPads far surpass the same priced entry-level laptops in both power and capability.
But it was the iPad Air that stole the show. It gets a slimmer profile, thinner bezels and a bigger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display. Basically, it looks like a slightly skinnier iPad Pro (this is no bad thing).
The Touch ID sensor has been moved into the power button top right, and it comes along with Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip.
Apple calls this the most advanced chip it has ever made, and we can expect the same chip to power Apple’s new iPhone products which will arrive next month. The fingerprint sensor too, is expected to make the jump from iPad to iPhone. While Face ID’s security tech is generally very good, it’s not exactly the most convenient given the mask-wearing world we currently live in.
The iPad Air also comes with a USB-C port (so let’s hope that makes the jump to the new iPhone, too).
The new iPad Air will arrive next month for US$600.
Can’t wait until next month? Check out our review of this year’s iPad Pro:
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