Today, Apple announced new iPads. Both the regular, cheap iPad and the more premium iPad Air have been updated with new processors, bodies and functions to get them more in line with the iPad Pro line and later iPhones. The new iPad is sold today, Air will arrive in October.
Let̵7;s start with the standard 10.2-inch iPad, now in its eighth generation. This version is updated to the new blazing fast Apple A12 Bionic processor, with about twice as much power as the previous model. Apple claims that it’s twice as fast as the fastest Windows laptop … which is debatable, but it really beats any Android tablet or Chromebook in the price range.
The design of the case itself does not seem to have changed at all. That means no new entrance port and keeping the old home button with Touch ID. It’s compatible with all the accessories and cases that worked with the seventh-generation 10.2-inch iPad, including Apple’s own Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. This includes the new features introduced in iPad OS 14.
The price starts at $ 329, $ 299 for education – the same price as the old model. It is sold today and sent to customers on Friday 18 September.
The more premium iPad Air gets a drastic makeover, including the sleek perpendicular sides and curved screen corners on the iPad Pro line, but is available in a series of pastel-colored aluminum colors, pink, blue and green. A minor superficial change is a transition to the USB-C port, which Apple has made for all Mac laptops and iPad Pro (although it steadily refuses to release the patented Lightning port on the iPhone).
The retina display is 10.9 inches, fits easily between standard iPad and iPad Pro, and below is a new A14 Bionic processor with a new 5nm chip design. To compress Apple’s somewhat brilliant technical language: it’s faster and more efficient than ever before, with a 6-core CPU, 40% faster than the latest iPad Air with a graphics boost of 30%.
The new air drops the home button to rely solely on gesture navigation, but surprisingly, there is no Face ID unlock seen on the iPhone and iPad Pro. Instead, Apple has integrated the Touch ID on the switch on the top of the device, which is a solution seen on some other tablets such as the Google Pixel Slate. It is compatible with all applications as it was before.
The iPad Air also gets a Smart Connector, which makes it compatible with a new Magic Keyboard accessory – again, very much like the iPad Pro. The front camera is enhanced to 7 megapixels, while the rear is upgraded with the iPad Pro’s current 12MP sensor. It also includes stereo speakers and an Apple Pencil magnet.
The new iPad Air starts at $ 599 and goes on sale in October.