At its Time Flies event, Apple launched as many as four new hardware products. The company unveiled Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, 8th-gen iPad, and iPad Air.
It seems that the rumors and leaks that conveyed that the new iPad Air will come with an iPad Pro like all-screen design came out to be true. The latest iPad Air comes with a 10.9 inches retina display with 2360 × 1640 pixel resolution. The fully laminated display supports P3 color gamut and anti-reflective coating. It must be noted that even though the design looks like iPad Pro, the new iteration of iPad Air does not come with a Face ID. The company has integrated a Touch ID on the new tablet instead of Face ID. There is also a fingerprint scanner in the power button.
This new iteration of iPad Air has finally brought USB Type C ports to the Air line up. With USB Type C ports, a larger bandwidth for data transfer can be done more efficiently. The device is powered by an A14 Bionic chipset.
There have already been quite a few rumors about this processor. The upcoming iPhone 12 series is also expected to be powered by this chipset. A14 Bionic chipset is built on a 5 nm process and has 11.8 billion transistors. The number of transistors is a 40 % increase over the A13 bionic chipset. There is a 16 core neural engine that can perform 11 trillion operations per second resulting in 2 times faster machine learning performance.
The SoC has a 6 core CPU setup. It has 4 high performance and 2 high-efficiency cores. There is also a 4 core GPU on board. The company is claiming that with this A14 Bionic chipset, the new iteration of the iPad Air will be abler to offer 40 % faster CPU performance and 30% faster GPU performance than its previous generation.
As far as optics are concerned, the new iPad Air brings a single 7 MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to shoot 1080 pixel 60 FPS videos, while, on the rear, there is a 12 MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture which has the potential of shooting 4K videos at 60 FPS and slow-motion videos at up to 240 FPS.
The new iPad Air supports 2nd generation Apple Pencil, and wireless charging. Just like the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the iPad Air for charging and storage. This iPad also supports Apple Magic Keyboard that was announced with the new iPad Pro. This new iteration of iPad Air comes with a starting price tag of $599 and will be available from the next month.
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