Apple has announced the release of the iPad Air 4, and man, it seems like something special. A more affordable variation of the iPad Pro will feature an updated design to accompany its fastest speed ever in an iPad that is sub $600.
The iPad Air 4’s base model will be sold at a starting price of $599. This is a bump in price from the previous iPad Air 3 model which opened at $499. The new iPad Air’s comes with a base storage of 64GB but can be upgraded to 256GB for an additional $150.
Apple is not yet taking pre-orders for their new iPad Air. However, you can anticipate an October 2020 release date for the iPad Air 4.
The iPad Air 4 will be available in Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Sky Blue, and Green colorways.
One of the most distinctive features of the iPad Air 4 will be its 5mm processor. The new iPad will be the first of any Apple products to feature the A14 Bionic chip. Apple stated that the Air 4 will have a 30% increase in graphics, as well as a 40% increase in CPU performance from the previous model.
Apple claims that the iPad Air 4 will have a battery life capable of sustaining 10 hours of use while surfing the web and watching videos on Wi-Fi. But 9 hours when using cellular data.
Front-facing cameras have never been more important than in today’s society’s reliance on Zoom and FaceTime. The iPad Air 4 will feature a 7MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera. This is paired with auto image stabilization for higher quality selfies and calls.
The rear camera features a 12MP wide-angle lens that can also be found on Apple’s iPad Pro. The iPad Pro can utilize its rear camera to shoot 4k video and high-resolution photos, so the Air 4 should boast similar features. Video recording is available in 4K (from 24 to 60 fps), 1080p (30 and 60 fps), and in slow motion at 1080p with 120 and 240 fps.
This will feature a pair of stereo speakers the should not disappoint. The sound quality previously featured in any of Apple’s iPads have not disappointed in the past. Just don’t expect it to sound as great as the iPad Pro due to its quad-speaker design.
Unfortunately, I cannot confirm this to be true until I get my hands on one of these to test.
Is that an iPad Pro? One can easily confuse the appearance of the new iPad Air 4 with that of the iPad Pro. It features the same flat-edge and almost full screen design.
The iPad Air 4 will no longer feature Apple’s lightning ports for USB-C. This will allow you to charge your Air 4 with the same charger used for your MacBook. For once, Apple decided to make our lives easier with the charging situation… go figure.
In Conclusion, TLDR
The iPad Air 4 will be released in October 2020 at an opening price of $599. Apple’s Air 4 will also feature a much stronger processor that will significantly improve performances from the previous model.
Disclaimer: All product prices listed are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change.