Available next month from 669 euros (or 809 euros in 4G version), the new iPad Air has everything to establish itself as the best tablet of this end of the year.
Equipped with the A14 Bionic processor engraved in 5 nm (the chip that should equip future iPhone 12s), the iPad Air is arguably the most powerful mobile device on the market. Its 10.9-inch screen, with borders similar to those of the iPad Pro, also gives it a more modern design.
Touch ID, still … but renewed
Equipped withiPadOS 14, which will be available Wednesday, the new iPad Air is compatible with all accessories of the iPad Pro. We can therefore connect a Magic Keyboard to this tablet or use a second generation Apple Pencil, which is recharged by induction on its edge. It is also the first iPad Air to abandon the Lightning port for USB Type-C.
Unlike the iPad Pro which uses a TrueDepth camera compatible with Face ID, the iPad Air is satisfied with a single front camera connected to a 7 Mpix sensor. To unlock the tablet, you must type a code or… use your fingerprint. Indeed, Apple is giving new life to its iconic Touch ID biometric system, which is now housed in the unlock button on the tablet. Good news in the age of masks.
This new iPad Air is also the first to come in multiple colors. In addition to the classic space gray, silver and rose gold, the tablet can be purchased in green or blue.
Apple A14 Bionic, the era of 5 nanometers
This may be difficult to explain for sellers, the new iPad Air is undoubtedly more powerful than the last iPad Pro (our benchmark tests will have to confirm this). For the first time since 2010 (where the A4 first appeared on the iPad before being added to the iPhone 4), Apple is launching a new generation of processor with its tablet rather than its smartphone.
The Apple A14 Bionic, engraved in 5 nm and equipped with six cores like its predecessors, is 40% more efficient than the A12 according to Apple. We can’t wait to get our hands on it and challenge its 11.8 billion transistors.
Finally, on the back of the iPad Air, we will have to be content with a single camera connected to a 12 Mpix sensor. Apple reserves ultra wide-angle, flash and LiDAR for its iPad Pro.
IPad is improving (a little)
Finally, for 389 euros (Wi-Fi) or 529 euros (4G), Apple also offers the eighth generation iPad. This tablet, which does not differ from the previous iPad that by its A12 Bionic processor, still sports a 10.2-inch screen. It is compatible with the first generation Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Already available for order, the new entry-level iPad will be marketed on Friday. The new iPad Air, arguably the most ambitious product of this keynote, will arrive in October. In the meantime, if you have an iPad, you can start enjoying iPadOS 14 starting tomorrow.