The new iPad Air, not iPhone 12, is Apple’s first 5nm A14 device
Along with the cheap iPad 8, Apple today introduced a more expensive tablet – the fourth-generation iPad Air. The design of the device has changed a lot – the fresh iPad Air looks more like the iPad Pro. But this is not the most important thing: it was the iPad Air 4, not the iPhone 12, that became the first Apple device based on the 5nm Apple A14 SoC.
IPad Air 4 Introduced – iPad Pro Design, USB-C, Fast Charging, and Side Fingerprint Reader
Apple’s A14 has 11.8 billion transistors – 40% more than its 7nm predecessor. This SoC contains a new 6-core CPU and a new 4-core CPU, as well as a 16-core Neural Engine. The A14 is capable of 11 trillion operations per second, making the SoC the most powerful mobile platform in the world.
The second notable innovation is the transition to a USB-C connector and support for 20W charging. Recall that the iPad 8 is also equipped with USB-C. iPad Air 4 supports Wi-Fi 6, and LTE data rates have increased by 60%, according to Apple estimates.
The iPad Air 4 has a 12-megapixel camera from the iPad Pro with improved video stabilization. Front camera – FaceTime HD with a 7MP sensor, supports Smart HDR mode and Full HD video capture at 60fps.
The new product has a 10.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels. To keep the compactness at the same level when using the new larger screen, the Touch ID sensor was moved to the power button on the top edge – so the iPad Air 4 received a side fingerprint scanner.