As expected, Apple has announced the new lineup of iPads yesterday. These include the 4th generation iPad Air and the iPad 8th generation with updated internals. The iPad Air gets features from the Pro variant and carries some unique features as well. It is strategically placed in between iPad Pro and the standard variant in terms of price and design.
iPad Air 4
It features a large 10.9-inch and trades the home button on the bottom. Instead, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been moved up on the power button allowing it to have a larger screen while retaining the same chassis. The infamous liquid retina display offers 2360×1640 pixels resolution along with a fully laminated with an anti-reflective coating and offers Apple’s true tone display technology.
It’s powered by the new A14 Bionic processor. It is the world’s first 5nm processor housing a whopping 11.8 billion transistors. According to the company, this amounts to 40% better CPU performance and 30% faster graphics than the previous generation. Moving to the cameras, it features a familiar 12 MP rear camera that supports 4K video recording and a 7 MP front camera with support for 1080P video recording.
Regarding the connectivity options, the iPad Air finally gets the much-awaited USB Type-C replacing the lightning ports. Thanks to the USB C port the new iPad Air can support external storage devices and up to a 4K monitor. It also features WiFi, LTE, and iBeacon micro-location. It comes with a 20 W fast charger bundled inside the box. It offers support for the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil and has a magnetic connector to charge and store it. The new tablet also works with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and third-party accessories featuring integrated trackpads.
The new iPad Air with Wi-Fi connectivity and 64 GB storage is priced at Rs.54,900 whereas the 256 GB version is priced at Rs. 68,900. If you wish for LTE connectivity you will have to shell out Rs. 66,900 for the 64 GB variant and Rs. 80,900 for the 256 GB one. In comparison, the 64 GB of the iPad Air with Wi-Fi connectivity and LTE and priced at $599 and $729 respectively. It will be available in Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue colors and will go on sale next month.
iPad 8th Generation
The entry-level iPad gets a refresh for the 8th time and is celebrating its 10th year. It features the traditional iPad design with a physical home button and has a 10.2-inch Retina display. It’s powered by a new generation of A12 Bionic processors that is said to be 40% faster than the previous generation.
During the event, Apple said that it produces 2X faster graphics than some of the Windows laptops, Chromebooks, and Android tablets. The new processor brings Apple’s Neural Engine capabilities for machine learning to the cheapest iPad from the company. The iPad 8th Generation features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera like its previous generation. In addition, it misses out on the USB Type-C goodness too. It supports official and third-party keyboard accessories and the 1st generation Apple Pencil which will be sold separately. It will run the latest iOS 14 out of the box, which is scheduled to hit previous generation models soon.
The iPad 8th Gen with WiFi connectivity is priced at Rs. 29,900 for the 32 GB storage and Rs. 37,900 for the 128 GB version. If you want LTE connectivity, you will have to spend Rs. 41,900 for the 32 GB version at Rs. 49,900 for the 128 GB one. It will be available in Silver, Space Grey, and Rose Gold colors. According to Apple, the iPad lineup is one of their mist successful products yet, with over 500 million units sold and over 50% of them are first-time buyers.
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