Featuring a new more rectangular body, the iPad Air looks more like an iPad Pro than a standard iPad, while also boasting an nearly bezel-less design. There is support for the 2nd gen Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, and the Apple Magic Keyboard.
The chip also has a 16 core, faster Neural engine, which is capable of executing a staggering 11 trillion operations per second, offering twice the Machine learning performance of last generation's chipsets.
Apple gave more attention to the more powerful iPad Air tablet, which will cost $599 and will be available next month, said Apple vice president of hardware engineering Laura Legros.
Apple's new budget iPad draws power from the hexa-core A12 Bionic chip that brings a 40% jump in processing power compared to its predecessor and 2x boost in graphics performance. The original iPad reaches its 8th-generation while the new iPad Air gets a complete makeover along with the company's new A14 Bionic chipset.
On the display front, the iPad Air is increasing the screen size from 10.5 inches to 10.9 inches for a 2,360-by-1,640-pixel resolution.
Following in the footsteps of the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air features a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector. It was launched in Green, Rose Gold, Silver, Sky Blue, and Space Gray colours.
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The 8th gen iPad will be available in India soon at a starting price of ₹29,900 for the WiFi only variant and ₹41,900 for the cellular+WiFi variant.
Some 2019 iPad Airs have a defect in their screens that causes them to flicker and go blank.
Apple iPad Air (2020) Wi-Fi tablet was launched on 15th September 2020. As before, it includes support for the company's first-generation Apple Pencil - that's the one you have to awkwardly plug into a Lightning Port to charge. It still features a 10.2-inch display with ample bezels around the screen. Its processor is based on the one in 2019 iPhone 11 and promises up to 20% faster performance without diminishing the 18-hour battery life Apple's smartwatches have offered so far. Like the Air, it comes in Wi-Fi and cellular models, and has a built-in eSIM.
Powering the iPad Air is the A14 Bionic chip.
As for the 8th-generation iPad, not much is changing in terms of design: You're still getting the same home button, and some wide bezels on the top and bottom of the device. You can get a bit more creative with color options.
Pricing starts at Rs 54,900 for the Wi-Fi only model and Rs 66,900 for the Wi-Fi + LTE model. We'll circle back once preorders start.