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Apple in September 2020 updated the iPad Air with a fourth-generation model that features a radical redesign that brings it closer in design to the iPad Pro. Priced at $599, the iPad Air is a middle-tier option between the low-cost $329 eighth-generation iPad and the more expensive iPad Pro, priced starting at $799.

The iPad Air features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display with a 2360x1640 resolution, 3.8 million pixels, and a design that's similar to the iPad Pro with an aluminum chassis that features flat, rounded edges that wrap around the fully-laminated display. True Tone support is included for adjusting the display to match the ambient lighting, as is P3 wide color, 500 nits brightness, and 1.8 percent reflectivity.

Apple's iPad Air is the first iPad to offer unique color options similar to iPhone colors. The iPad Air is available in silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue. What's most unique about the iPad Air is the new Touch ID sensor integrated into the top button, a first for an Apple device.

The iPad Air does not feature Face ID and relies solely on Touch ID for biometric authentication purposes. Other than being built into the top button instead of a Home button, the Touch ID functionality is the same as other devices that feature Touch ID.

Apple's new iPad Air includes a 6-core A14 Bionic chip, which is Apple's newest A-series chip built on a 5-nanometer process. Apple rarely introduces a new chip in an iPad before it comes to an iPhone, but the 2020 iPad Air got an A14 chip first. According to Apple, the A-series chip provides 40 percent faster CPU performance and a 30 percent improvement in GPU performance thanks to the new 4-core GPU architecture.

The A14 chip includes a new 16-core Neural Engine that's twice as fast as the Neural Engine in the prior-generation chip, and there are second-generation machine learning accelerators for 10 times faster machine learning calculations.

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QCassidy352

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Just one point of clarification: I'm pretty sure this speed comparison is between the prior gen Air and the new one, meaning the new chip is 40% faster than the A12, not 40% faster than the A13.
According to Apple, the A-series chip provides 40 percent faster CPU performance and a 30 percent improvement in GPU performance thanks to the new 4-core GPU architecture.
 

joeblow7777

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Looking forward to ordering a silver one.

Just out of curiosity, I've noticed that a lot of people are assuming that this iPad will have 4 GB of RAM. Would anyone consider it a deal breaker if it has just 3GB? I, for one, wouldn't, but I suspect that a many people here would be very disappointed.
 

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joeblow7777

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They said that at the event. Didn’t know if any dates came out of the rumor mill.

I know, I was just teasing. Someone above mentioned a rumour about it being early in the month, but there doesn’t seem to be much backing up any particular claim.
 

roland.g

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I know, I was just teasing. Someone above mentioned a rumour about it being early in the month, but there doesn’t seem to be much backing up any particular claim.
Funny thing is I was totally off of iPad. Haven’t seen a need for one for years. I do most everything with my iPhone and use a MacBook Pro and Mac Mini for computing needs. I would rather be on my laptop than an iPad. I think of an iPad mostly as for kids for games and movies and for people like my mom. The week before the event I ended up needing to use an iPad every day and my old iPad Mini just couldn’t cut it. It only ran iOS 12.x and couldn’t really do multitasking. I am thrilled by the new Air (especially the new Touch ID button integration) and can’t wait to get one. Though to be honest my iPhone X is feeling every bit of 3 years old and I am dying for the 12s even more.
 

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Macworld reported possibly early October.

"US retailer Adorama's listing suggests the iPad Air 2020 will be shipping from 30 September, so it might be early in the month".


The Apple Store shows delivery "coming soon" vs "not available" from before. Not sure when it changed.
 

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The Apple Store shows delivery "coming soon" vs "not available" from before. Not sure when it changed.

Interesting... they must have change it really recently. What if they skip the preorders and just release it on October 2nd? Would be nice...
 

joeblow7777

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Interesting... they must have change it really recently. What if they skip the preorders and just release it on October 2nd? Would be nice...

I have a feeling that they are skipping preorders and going straight to it being available (not necessarily on Oct 2nd though). I just don't see the point of an additional waiting period. It occurs to me that another reason for the vague release schedule may be that they are just waiting to get enough stock in stores (those stores that are currently open) but there might be some margin of error on how long that will take, but once they're ready they'll just say "go time!" and it will be available that day both in stores and online.
 
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joeblow7777

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Looking forward to ordering a silver one.

Just out of curiosity, I've noticed that a lot of people are assuming that this iPad will have 4 GB of RAM. Would anyone consider it a deal breaker if it has just 3GB? I, for one, wouldn't, but I suspect that a many people here would be very disappointed.

Just want to bring this up again since it seemed to go unnoticed. How are people feeling about the RAM situation? Are you assuming it has 4GB? Do you consider it a deal breaker if it has 3GB? Thoughts?
 

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Just want to bring this up again since it seemed to go unnoticed. How are people feeling about the RAM situation? Are you assuming it has 4GB? Do you consider it a deal breaker if it has 3GB? Thoughts?
I'm fine with it. Granted, it'll just be a secondary device for me. I get similar memory-related issues with 4GB and 3GB anyway.
 
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Just want to bring this up again since it seemed to go unnoticed. How are people feeling about the RAM situation? Are you assuming it has 4GB? Do you consider it a deal breaker if it has 3GB? Thoughts?

3gb RAM would be a bit disappointing but not a deal breaker for me personally.
 

joeblow7777

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3gb RAM would be a bit disappointing but not a deal breaker for me personally.

Pretty much how I feel as well. I've never actually found 3GB to be limiting on my iOS devices so it wouldn't be a deal breaker, but of course I would prefer more RAM.

Frankly, the fact that it has an A14 was already more than I expected in terms of specs, and since I don't multitask very much on my iPad anyway, the better processor will probably do more for my experience than more RAM anyway.
 

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For me, 3GB RAM would mean definitely wait for refurbs and then see (perhaps a later model comes out, there are rumours of one, the price of the refurb is such that I can’t pass it up etc.)

I’ll have a look at the Air in the Apple Store some time but I think I’m sold on the Mini. I would be the same if a Mini came out in this form factor with 3GB. I’ll never buy new the same amount of RAM in a device twice.
 
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