The new iPad Air 4 (2020) has just been confirmed by Apple, so we now know loads on Apple's newest tablet. This is the fourth generation of this kind of Apple's tablet.
Apple unveiled the slate with lots of fanfare at its September event, alongside plenty of other Apple gadgets.
This is the follow-up to the iPad Air 3, hence why some call it the iPad Air 4, though that's not what Apple is calling it. The iPad Air line is Apple's mid-range series of tablets, below the Pro line but above the entry-level iPad and smaller iPad Mini collections.
The Apple event is currently ongoing, and we're hearing about the new iPad Air right now. We'll constantly update this article with all the new information as we hear it, so keep refreshing for all the newest information.
- The Apple Watch 6 has been confirmed too
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple's newest mid-range tablet
- When is it out? Some time in October
- How much will it cost? Starting at $599 (roughly £460, AU$820)
iPad Air (2020) release date and price
The iPad Air 3 started at $499 / £479 / AU$779 for a version with 64GB storage, and $649 / £629 / AU$999 for 256GB. The price went up $130 / £120 / AU$200 for each for the LTE version, instead of Wi-Fi.
The new iPad Air costs $599 (roughly £460, AU$820) and will be available to buy from 'next month', meaning some time in October 2020. That's quite a step up from the predecessor, but it seems like a big specs step up too.
iPad Air design and display
The iPad Air has a flat edge, an all-screen display, a single rear camera and some subtle edge buttons – it looks a lot like an iPad Pro.
The screen is a liquid retina display with a resolution of 10.9-inch 2360 x 1640. There are plenty of screen technology features here to improve the visuals too.
The iPad Air 4 is the first Apple tablet with a fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side, which is an intriguing move from Apple.
There's a USB-C port here, like in iPad Pro models, which should make charging and data sending much faster.
There's a 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera and 12MP f/1.8 rear camera which sound good for video calls and video recording.
The iPad Air 4 works with the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil.
iPad Air specs and features
The chipset inside the iPad Air 4 is the A14 Bionic, which we're expecting to see in the iPhone 12. It's the first 5nm chipset in an Apple mobile tablet, and it sounds like the fastest tablet Apple has put out yet.
Apple says the graphics performance of the tablet is 30% faster, though it doesn't say compared to what.
Apple rarely announces the battery capacity of its devices when they're launched – we'd expect to find that out when the iPad Air is available to buy, when people inevitably take it apart to see what's inside.
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