Apple today announced a new CPU for the eighth generation iPad, the A12 Bionic. The A12 Bionic, found in the base iPad model, offers 40 percent faster CPU and 20 percent faster GPU than seventh-generation iPads, and Apple says that also means the A1
As many analysts and doctors predicted, Apple introduced an iPad Air during its livestream event “Time Flies” today. The new iPad Air comes about a year and a half after the last update, but it does more than the previous update did: it reviews the overall design of the device. The iPad Air is available in October from $ 599. It comes in five colors: silver, space gray, rose gold, green and sky blue.
Taking signs from the more expensive iPad Pro, the iPad Air now has drastically reduced bezels, no home button and rounded screen edges. However, it does not have the front-facing TrueDepth sensor array that iPad Pro uses for Face ID authentication. Rather, it introduces something new to Apple devices – though not new to mobile devices in general. The new iPad Air has the long-rumored fingerprint reader on the screen, something people have been speculating for a few years would find its way to lower iOS and iPadOS devices like the iPhone SE.
Apple designed a new version of touch ID, integrated in the top button (which does not look different). Below the button is a laser-cut sapphire lens and custom sensor to read users’ fingerprints.
IPad Air gets the new A14 Bionic CPU, built on 5nm process technology. It is a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four more efficient cores for lighter background tasks. The A14 Bionic offers a boost of 30 percent GPU performance compared to previous generations, and Apple says it offers double the graphics performance of typical laptops.
It also offers a 16-core neural engine for machine learning performance – which can include many features used in graphics editing programs, voice assistants and more – as well as a new DJ application that allows “air-scraping” movements made over the iPad.
iPad Air will also bring a USB-C connector that enables connections to devices such as external cameras and a 60 percent faster LTE modem. The camera has been updated to 12MP with 4K video and improved video stabilization. The speaker system has also been redesigned with stereo delivery in landscape mode.
Also in the design area, the iPad Air now has a connector that is compatible with the peripheral magic keyboard that the company launched for the iPad Pro a few months ago. This peripheral has a touch pad (trackpad support was added to iPadOS last year) and roughly the same type of keyboard found in Apple’s desktop keyboard of the same name. The Magic Keyboard costs $ 279, and the Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Air costs $ 179.