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Apple just unveiled its new range of iPads at the event Time flies currently underway: iPad 8th generation and iPad Air 4 arrive.
The presentation began with the new base of the range, which sees an important improvement in terms of performance, since under the hood we find the powerful Apple A12 Bionic SoC. 8th generation iPad supports Apple Pencil (1st gen) and Smart Keyboard,
The diagonal of the 10.2 "display remains unchanged (always not laminated), the camera compartment (1.2 MP front and 8MP rear), while the charger with Type-C output and the Lightning-Type cable arrive in the package -C. The list price starts from 389 euros for the 32GB and Wi-Fi cut. All the configurations provided below:
- iPad (eighth gen) 32GB Wi-Fi – 389 euros
- iPad (eighth gen) 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE – 529 euros
- iPad (eighth gen) 128GB Wi-Fi -489 euro
- iPad (eighth gen) 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE – 629 euros
As for iPad Air 4, on the other hand, the new tablet from the Cupertino house brings with it important innovations also in terms of design: the Home button leaves room for very small frames that recall the lines of the iPad Pro range, even if in this case we do not find an authentication system based on Face ID. The colors are also growing, given that the fourth generation iPad Air is proposed in the new light blue, rose gold and green colors, which are added to space gray and silver.
Apple therefore continues to make us understand that 3D face scanning is reserved for its high-end devices, while the newcomer to the Air range continues to rely on Touch ID, although this now finds a new location under the side button. . The diagonal of the display also grows – now reached 10.9 "- and the panel is now a 3.8 MegaPixel Liquid Retina (2360×1640 pixels), a nomenclature used by Apple to indicate LCD screens characterized by rounded corners. We find support to the P3 color range, True Tone, full lamination and a brightness of 500 nits.
Apple didn't want to save money and the new iPad Air is equipped with the brand new Apple A14 Bionic 5nm SoC, announced exclusively for the new generation of iPad. Recall that the SoC will also be used on the next iPhone 12, so Apple's choice of having brought such an advanced SoC to its mid-range proposal is surprising.
With 11.8 billion transistors, the Apple A14 is equipped with a new hex-core CPU, a quad-core GPU and the new 16-core Neural Engine that guarantees ML performance 10 times higher than last generation. There is also support for Wi-Fi 6 and LTE connectivity with top speeds 60% higher than the previous model.
The fourth generation iPad Air is getting closer and closer to the iPad Pro range thanks to the inclusion of the USB Type-C port, stereo speaker on both sides and a camera compartment that includes a 7 MegaPixel front sensor and a 12 MP rear sensor. the same ones we find on the current Pros.
There is also support for the second generation Apple Pencil and the rear Smart Connector, which also allows you to take advantage of the new Magic Keyborard. The fourth generation iPad Air will be available with iPadOS 14 as standard starting in October at 669 euros for the 64GB base model. Included are the 20W USB-C charger and the 1 meter USB-C cable. Here are all the configurations:
- iPad Air (4th gen) 64GB Wi-Fi – 669 euros
- iPad Air (4th gen) 64GB Wi-Fi + LTE – 809 euros
- iPad Air (4th gen) 256B Wi-Fi – 839 euros
- iPad Air (4th gen) 256GB Wi-Fi + LTE – 979 euros