Apple has introduced an updated version of its iPad Air during a virtual press conference. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the conference from Apple Park. The giant has introduced a new range of iPads, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 6 and more during the launch event. The brand has introduced Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) with its latest A14 Bionic chipset. The company has also upgraded its entry-level iPad with A12 Bionic chipset and more. So, let’s take a closer look at the latest line of iPads introduced by the company.
Apple iPad Air (4th Gen), Apple iPad (8th Gen) price
The new Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) price in India starts from Rs 54,900 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, while the 256GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs 68,900. The WiFi + LTE model with 64GB storage is priced at Rs 66,900, while the 256GB model will cost you Rs 80,900. The tablet is available in five colour options including Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Green and Sky Blue.
The Apple 8th Gen iPad price in India is Rs 29,900 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the 128GB option is priced at Rs 37,900. The Wi-Fi + LTE model is priced at Rs 41,900 for 32GB option and Rs 49,900 for 128GB variant. The tablet is available for purchase in Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold. The company has not revealed the sale date of the 8th Gen iPad.
Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) specifications and features
The latest iPad Air comes with with a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with 3.8 million pixels along with full lamination, P3 wide colour support, True Tone, and an anti-reflective coating for an enhanced viewing experience. The company has integrated the Touch ID sensor into the top button and claims that it is a secure way to unlock iPad Air. The latest iPad also supports Magic Keyboard as well as Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically to the side for easy pairing and charging.
The device is powered by the latest Apple A14 Bionic chipset making it the first Apple device to sport the latest processor from the company. The chipset is built using 5nm process, outdoing Android competition that uses a 7nm process for the SoC. The chipset comes with six cores in the CPU and quad-core GPU, which the brand claims deliver up to 40 per cent boost in performance and a 30 per cent improvement in graphics. The A14 Bionic includes a new 16-core Neural Engine that is twice as fast, and capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second.
Moving on, the Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) features a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera. On the rear, you get a 12MP rear camera, which is also present in the Apple iPad Pro. The rear camera support 4K video capture. In terms of audio, it comes with stereo speakers in landscape mode that elevates the audio experience. The Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) comes with USB Type-C port for up to 50gbps data transfer along with Wi-Fi 6 performance and 60 per cent faster LTE connectivity.
The tablet runs on iPadOS 14, which comes with a host of interesting features with integrated support for Apple Pencil. The features include Smart Selection, shape recognition, and more. The OS comes with data detectors that work with handwritten text, recognizing phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links, making it easy for users to perform actions like tapping a handwritten number to make a call. It also adds Scribble that allows users to handwrite directly in any text field using Apple Pencil.
Apple 8th Gen iPad specifications and features
The company has also updated its entry-level iPad. The eighth-generation iPad now comes with A12 Bionic chipset that the company claims deliver 40 per cent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capability. The brand claims that the new iPad is up to two times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, up to three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet and up to six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook.
The A12 Bionic SoC brings Neural Engine capabilities for machine learning capabilities, including people occlusion and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps, enhanced photo editing, Siri performance, and more. The latest iPad also supports first-generation Apple Pencil and one can draw, take notes, mark up documents and more. The iPad supports gigabit-class LTE connectivity and comes with Touch ID for unlocking the iPad. The company says that users will get all-day battery life with the new iPad. The tablet runs on iPad 14, which will be available for all supported iPad models starting from September 16.