iPad Air (2020): Seven things you need to know

The new Air takes de­sign cues from the iPad Pro and gets a huge speed boost from the A14 pro­ces­sor. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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The iPad Air (2019) has long been the sweet spot be­tween price, per­for­mance, and fea­tures in Ap­ple’s tablet line. At its Time Flies event, the com­pany un­veiled a new iPad Air that fur­ther ce­ments its po­si­tion as the best iPad for most peo­ple. Here are the most im­por­tant things to know about the new re­designed 2020 iPad Air.

1. IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE AN iPAD PRO

The new iPad Air (2020) takes some de­sign cues from the much more ex­pen­sive iPad Pro. It fea­tures the same flat-edged de­sign with rel­a­tively thin bezels all the way around. Like the Pro, a more use­ful USB-C plug re­places the Light­ning con­nec­tor. This tweak to the Ap­ple de­sign lan­guage is likely to ap­pear in the iPhone 12 as well.

2. IT’S THE FIRST AP­PLE PROD­UCT WITH THE A14 PRO­CES­SOR

Typ­i­cally, new A-se­ries pro­ces­sors are in­tro­duced with the iPhone. This year, the iPhones are ship­ping a lit­tle later than usual, so the iPad Air is the first Ap­ple prod­uct with the new A14.

The A14 is made on a brand­new 5nm man­u­fac­tur­ing process and is Ap­ple’s most ad­vanced sys­te­mon-chip (SoC) yet. It is 11.8 bil­lion tran­sis­tors big, with four high-ef­fi­ciency CPU cores and two high-per­for­mance cores.

Ap­ple says this pro­ces­sor de­liv­ers 40 per cent higher CPU per­for­mance and 30 per cent faster graph­ics than its ‘7nm chip’, which we as­sume means the A13.

The A14 also fea­tures Ap­ple’s most pow­er­ful Neu­ral En­gine ever, to ac­cel­er­ate ma­chine learn­ing (ML) code. With twice as many cores as the A13, it is up to twice as fast (11 tril­lion op­er­a­tions per sec­ond).

Plus, it comes with Ap­ple’s lat­est im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sor to make pho­tos and videos even bet­ter.

3. IT SUP­PORTS THE MAGIC KEYBOARD AND 2ND-GEN AP­PLE PEN­CIL

The iPad Air (2020) is com­pat­i­ble only with the 2nd-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple Pen­cil, the same one the iPad Pros use that charges by mag­netic at­tach­ment to the edge of the iPad. The older Ap­ple Pen­cil charges via the Light­ning

con­nec­tor, which this ver­sion of the iPad Air doesn’t have.

If you have an Ap­ple Pen­cil from an ear­lier iPad – the kind that charges with a lit­tle Light­ning con­nec­tor un­der the cap – you’ll have to buy a new sec­ond­gen Pen­cil to use it with the iPad Air.

The new Air also sup­ports the same Magic Keyboard as the 11in iPad Pro, with its built-in track­pad and float­ing screen hinge de­sign.

4. IT HAS TOUCH ID IN THE TOP BUT­TON IN­STEAD OF FACE ID

There’s no Face ID on this iPad, and with such thin bezels, there’s no room for a Home but­ton. So Ap­ple built an all-new Touch ID sen­sor and stuck it in the top but­ton.

Just touch that top but­ton to use Touch ID for all the things you use it for to­day – un­lock­ing the iPad, log­ging into apps, ap­prov­ing pur­chases, and so on.

5. IT’S MISS­ING A FEW OTHER IPAD PRO FEA­TURES

While the new iPad Air def­i­nitely shares the iPad Pro’s looks, it def­i­nitely doesn’t have all of its fea­tures. It has a stan­dard 60Hz dis­play in­stead of a 120Hz Pro­Mo­tion dis­play. The iPad Air dis­play has a res­o­lu­tion of 2,360x1,640, which is just a tiny bit less than the 11in iPad. You won’t no­tice the dif­fer­ence.

It also has up­graded stereo speak­ers, but not the same high­qual­ity four-speaker setup and fivemi­cro­phone ar­ray of the iPad Pro.

Fi­nally, it fea­tures a sin­gle 12Mp f/1.8 rear cam­era, while the iPad Pro has that cam­era plus a 10MP f/2.4 ul­tra-wide cam­era. The iPad Pro also fea­tures a su­pe­rior front-fac­ing cam­era, and slim­mer bezels all around.

6. IT COMES IN FIVE COLOURS

The new iPad Air is avail­able in five dif­fer­ent colours (see be­low):

Space Grey Sil­ver Rose Gold Green Sky Blue

The Rose Gold colour is an up­dated shade for Ap­ple, with a more pink­ish hue than the pre­vi­ous one.

7. IT STARTS AT £579 AND IS COM­ING IN OC­TO­BER

To­gether with the new de­sign and ca­pa­bil­i­ties comes a new price. The iPad Air now costs £579 for 64GB of stor­age of £729 for 256GB. Cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity will cost an­other £130. The pre­vi­ous iPad Air started at £479 for 64GB, so this new de­sign, per­for­mance, and fea­ture set comes at a higher price.

Ap­ple says the new iPad is com­ing in Oc­to­ber, though Ap­ple has not yet spec­i­fied an exact date for pre-or­ders or ship­ping.

The new Air uses the newer Ap­ple Pen­cil.

Ap­ple built a new Touch ID sen­sor to put un­der the top but­ton.

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