Apple announced the new highly-anticipated iPad (8th generation) and iPad Air (4th generation) during its Time Flies event on Tuesday. The entry-level iPad 8, or what Apple will simply call “the iPad,” features an A12 CPU and costs just $329. While the iPad Air, now in its fourth generation, features a much more powerful A14 chip and starts at $599. Both will be available starting next month.
First up, let’s talk about the new and redesigned Apple iPad Air 4th generation. As per the launch event, the highlight of the new tablet is likely the redesign and the A14 Bionic chip. The Air will be the first in the market to feature an SoC that is based on the 5nm fabrication process. It will feature a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display along with 2360×1640 pixels resolution, 500 nits of max brightness, and more.
This display will also support True Tone display, Wide color display, antireflective coating, and an oleophobic coating. It will also support 2nd generation Apple Pencil along with the Magic keyboard and the Smart keyboard folio.
It features a 12-megapixel camera n the back with a five-element lens, 4K video recording. One can shoot at 4k with up to 60fps or 1080p slow-motion video at up to 240fps. The front of the device features a 7-megapixel camera sensor with FHD video recording. Apple has also added the Touch ID sensor in the power button on the right corner on the top side. Other features include up to 256GB storage, USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, Cellular, eSIM, GPS, and two speakers.
Moving to the Apple iPad 8th generation, we get a 10.2-inch Retina display with A12 Bionic SoC. The display features a 2160×1620 pixels resolution with 500 nits peak brightness. Users can also use first-generation Apple Pencil on the device along with a Smart Keyboard. We also get up to 128GB storage with the usual Lightning connector and old Touch ID home button.
Apple has also added 8-megapixel primary camera with FHD video recording at 30fps and HD at 12-fps. The front features a 1.2-megapixel camera for HD video calls. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, Cellular, eSIM, and GPS for connectivity.
The new chipset in the iPad Air is an A14 Bionic processor that Apple says “challenges the laws of physics.” The A14 Bionic is a 5nm chip with a six-core CPU and 11.8 billion transistors. With this new processor, the new iPad Air will have a 40% increase in CPU performance compared to the previous iPad Air, and a 30% increase in graphics performance. The A14 chip also includes machine-learning accelerators for apps to use. With all of these changes, the iPad Air gets much closer to the iPad Pro line, further distancing itself from the base iPad and ultimately making it a tough decision for buyers who are considering the smaller Pro model.
Both of the iPads will have iPadOS 14, which is launching for all recent iPads tomorrow. iPadOS 14 brings new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, its large Multi-Touch display, and versatile accessories while further integrating Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities and handwritten notes.
In addition, the company also launched its latest Apple Watch Series 6 and the new Watch SE wearables. The company also shared details around its new subscription service Apple Fitness+ and a new subscription bundle called Apple One.