The new iPad Air 4 (2020) was unveiled at Apple’s September event along with the new iPad (2020), the eighth generation of Apple’s entry level and new Apple watches. This is the fourth generation of Apple’s mid-range ‘iPad Air’ line.
While most iPad Air tablets look like plus-size versions of entry-level iPads, the new iPad Air 4 looks more like a ‘lite’ version of the iPad Pro models. It has some impressive specifications and can win over many advertisers and professionals.
This is the sequel to the iPad Air 3, which is why some call it the iPad Air 4, even though Apple just refers to it as ̵
To help you get your head around this tablet, we’ve gathered all the information we have about it so far, including the iPad Air 4’s price, release date, specifications and features.
Get to the point
- What is it? Apple’s latest mid-range tablet
- When is it out? Sometime in October
- How much will it cost? From $ 599 / £ 579 / AU $ 899
iPad Air (2020) release date and price
The new iPad Air price starts at $ 599 / £ 579 / AU $ 899 and will be available for purchase from ‘next month’, meaning some time in October 2020. That’s a pretty increase over its predecessor, but it seems we are getting a big specification jump too.
It’s the starting price, but you can get it in both 64 GB and 256 GB with LTE connection or just Wi-Fi if you want. We put a graph below with all prices.
The iPad Air 3 started at $ 499 / £ 479 / AU $ 779 for a version with 64 GB of storage and $ 649 / £ 629 / AU $ 999 for 256 GB. The price increased $ 130 / £ 120 / AU $ 200 each for the LTE version instead of Wi-Fi.
|Territory||64 GB||64 GB and LTE||256 GB||256 GB and LTE|
|U.S||$ 599||$ 729||$ 749||$ 879|
|UK||£ 579||£ 709||£ 729||£ 859|
|ON||$ 899||$ 1,099||$ 1,129||$ 1,329|
iPad Air design and display
The iPad Air has a flat edge, a full-screen display, a single rear camera and some subtle edge buttons – it’s very similar to an iPad Pro, which is a change from previous iPad Airs that looked like large versions of the entry-level switches with large frames and physical front buttons.
The screen uses Apple’s Liquid Retina display technology, which is a fancy form of LCD. It has a resolution of 2360 x 1640 and is 10.9 inches across, which is not as big as the iPad Pro models as the smallest size of this slate is 11 inches. There are plenty of features here to enhance the visuals, such as Apple’s True Tone display technology, which subtly adjusts the screen depending on the environment you are in.
The iPad Air 4 is the first Apple tablet with a fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side, which is an exciting feature from Apple. Other slates from the company have had fingerprint sensors built into the home button on the front, but we have not seen side-mounted scanners from Apple before.
There is a USB-C port here, as on the iPad Pro models, which should make charging and data transfer much faster, and it will be welcomed by professionals who want to connect external monitors or hard drives to the tablet.
The iPad Air 4 works with the Magic Keyboard and the second generation of the Apple Pencil – making it the first tablet outside the Apple Pro series to use this newer stylus. It attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet for storage and charging.
iPad Air specifications and features
The chipset inside the iPad Air 4 is the A14 Bionic, which we expect to see on the iPhone 12. It is the first 5nm chipset in an Apple mobile tablet, and it sounds like it will make the new Air the fastest tablet Apple has put out yet – we run some benchmark tests as soon as we get the slate into our labs to see if that’s the case.
Apple says the tablet’s graphics performance is “30% faster”, although they have not said what it is compared to. However, it claims that the iPad Air 4 is twice as fast as your average HP laptop.
Apple rarely announces the battery capacity of its devices when they launch – we expect to find out when the iPad Air will be available for purchase, as people will inevitably take it apart to see what’s inside.
Finally, there is a 7MP f / 2.2 front camera and 12MP f / 1.8 rear camera, which should be good enough for video calls and other forms of communication.