As expected, Apple introduced two new iPads at its September keynote: The iPad Air 2020 and the iPad 8. There are some innovations that no one probably expected.
While the new iPad Air 4, or iPad Air 2020, approaches the iPad Pro, the iPad 8 comes in a familiar design with relatively few changes. The iPad 8 therefore still has Touch ID in the home button and the wide margins.
Inside, however, it’s no longer an A10 chip from 2016 but a slightly cooler A12 Bionic that works. Apple talks about a 40% faster CPU and a graphics chip that is twice as fast as before. This should allow Apple to provide updates to its cheapest tablet for many years to come.
These minor changes also mean that the entry-level model will remain affordable. The iPad 8 with 32 GB is available from 369.40 euros. If required, a 128GB model is also available, as well as variants with a built-in cell phone chip, at an additional cost.
The iPad 8 can be preordered today and will be available from Friday, September 18.
The iPad Air 4 is getting closer and closer to the iPad Pro
Apple has kept the main innovations for the iPad Air 4. Thanks to their new design and the various features that were previously reserved for the iPad Pro, tablets are much more expensive tablets.
From the first glance, you can see what the new iPad Air is built on. Much smaller edges, which are now also flattened, show off the design language of the iPad Pro. The screen went from 10.5 inches to 10.9 inches.
Unlike the iPad Pro, Apple has not given facial recognition to the iPad Air. Instead, they’ve integrated a Touch ID sensor for fingerprinting in the top button, which you also press when you turn on the tablet. Removing facial recognition cuts costs – and differentiates itself from the iPad Pro.
In the case of the photo module, it is also necessary to do without the LiDAR scanner known from the latest iPad Pro. As with the old iPad Air, there is also, in the 8th generation, only one camera on the back. The same 12-megapixel camera as the iPad Pro’s will be used here. On the front side, there is a 7 megapixel sensor.
The secret is revealed: the new A14 Bionic is here
However, the new iPad Air is slightly ahead of its big brothers and sisters. The new tablet already uses Apple’s new A14 chip. This is the first time in many years that an iPad has had the latest processor before a corresponding iPhone with the chip became available.
The A14 Bionic has six processor cores and is said to be 40% faster than the chip on the old iPad Air. The GPU is said to be twice as fast as before. In addition, significant improvements have been made to machine learning and the neural engine.
Like the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2020 now has a USB-C port – lightning is no longer present. It also eliminates the possibility of recharging the first generation Apple Pencil. That’s why the new tablet supports the latest Apple Pencil, which magnetically adapts to the iPad Air 4 and charges at the same time.
The Smart Connector remained, but it’s now located on the back of the tablet. The new iPad Air is thus compatible with Apple keyboards. This also includes the magic keyboard.
The new iPad Air will be available from October with prices starting at 632.60 euros. As with other Apple tablets, there are also variants with 64 and 256 – and with a cellphone chip if you want. The new features are the blue (Sky Blue) and green models of the iPad Air.
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