Apple Introduces iPad Air 4 with iPad Pro Design and More Powerful Processor – Latest 5nm Apple A14
Apple today unveiled a new tablet called the iPad Air. As expected, it looks a lot like the iPad Pro. This is a significant design change from the previous Air, which was brought back to life last year and carved a niche between the base iPad and iPad Pro. Last year’s Air had thick top and bottom bezels and a Touch ID button. The new iPad Air has a much thinner display bezels.
Apple’s iPad Air 4 uses a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640 – 3.8 million pixels) with True Tone support, anti-glare coating, and full P3 color gamut. To cram this display, Apple had to move its Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the bezel to the power button at the top. iPad Air can be equipped with a Magic Keyboard with a floating design and built-in trackpad, Smart Keyboard Folio and Smart Folio cases, and an Apple Pencil that attaches with a magnet assembly for easy charging and storage.
Inside the iPad Air 4, there are big changes too. For starters, this tablet is built around a 5nm Apple A14 Bionic SoC with a six-core processor (two powerful and four energy-efficient) and 11.8 billion transistors. Apple promises a 40% improvement in CPU performance over the latest iPad Air and a 30% increase in graphics performance thanks to a new quad-core graphics accelerator.
Apple claims this is the most advanced chip it has ever produced. It includes a 16-core Neural Engine machine learning accelerator, which is twice as fast as the previous one and can process up to 11 trillion operations per second. A14 Bionic also includes optimizations to accelerate machine learning via CPU and graphics, which opens up even more impressive on-device capabilities for image recognition, natural language learning, motion analysis, and more.
iPad Air features a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera (Smart HDR and 1080 / 60p video support) and a 12MP rear camera – the same one used in iPad Pro for higher-resolution photos and 4K video recording. The new iPad Air design includes stereo speakers in landscape mode, a USB-C port for data transfer at up to 5Gbps, and connectivity to cameras, hard drives, and external monitors up to 4K resolution. We can also mention Wi-Fi 6 and 60% higher LTE speed (in models with cellular communication).
Of course, the tablet will work in conjunction with the iPadOS 14 presented in early summer… It will be released tomorrow, September 16, will offer widgets, “Application Library”, which automatically organizes programs into new groups and lists; picture-in-picture function similar to macOS; significantly improved digital assistant Siri; App Clip function, which allows you to run parts of applications without installing them (analogous to Android Instant Apps); improved Messages, Maps, CarPlay; sidebar to many applications, allowing users to access a number of useful functions like files and folders; drop-down menus in the spirit of desktop operating systems; Display Siri and other apps like phone calls or search as compact notifications Scribble – Improved support for handwriting input using the Apple Pencil. significantly improved system-wide search and other optimizations.
Apple has announced that the new iPad Air will be available next month in five colors: silver, dark gray, rose gold, green and blue, starting at $ 599 (in Russia – 55,900 rubles) for the 64 GB version of Wi-Fi. For the 64 GB version with LTE, you will have to pay $ 729 (in our area – 69,900 rubles). There will also be versions with a 256 GB drive.
But this is just the beginning: for the new Apple Pencil you will have to pay another $ 129; the Apple Magic Keyboard case will cost $ 299. There is also a simpler Smart Keyboard Folio for $ 179 and Smart Folio for $ 79. The iPad Air still lacks the 120Hz display found on the iPad Pro, Face ID support, and a lidar camera – otherwise a great replacement for the Cupertino company’s more expensive tablets.