Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) with A14 Bionic SoC and iPad (8th Gen) with A12 Bionic SoC announced

iPad Air (left), iPad (right)
Highlights
  • Apple iPad Air features the new Hexa-core Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) SoC
  • Both new iPad models include the Touch ID on the power button
  • The Apple iPad (8th Gen) will be available soon in India, while the iPad Air will go on sale in October 

Apple, on Tuesday, has unveiled the fourth-generation iPad Air and eighth-generation iPad at an online event. The new iPad Air comes in Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue color options, while the eighth-generation iPad comes in Silver, Space Grey, and Rose Gold color options. Both iPad models come with the Touch ID and run iPad OS 14 out of the box.

Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) specifications

Apple iPad Air features a 10.9-inch (1640 x 2360 pixels) Liquid Retina IPS display with true-tone, wide color gamut, and brightness up to 500 nits. The device is powered by the new Hexa-core Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) chipset paired with 4-core Apple GPU and 64/256GB of storage. The latest-generation A-series chip is packed with 11.8 billion transistors, which, according to Apple, delivers a 40 percent boost in CPU performance and a 30 percent improvement in graphics. Apple A14 Bionic also includes a new 16-core Neural Engine, capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second.

In terms of optics, the iPad Air features a single rear camera setup of 12 MP, f/1.8 camera with dual pixel PDAF support that can record videos at 4K resolution. On the front, it has a 7 MP, f/2.0 camera. Connectivity options included are dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE (optional), GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS (cellular model only), and a USB Type-C port. Sensors include a barometer, compass, top-mounted fingerprint reader, accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

iPad Air comes with a non-removable 28.6 watt-hour rechargeable battery that can deliver up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi. The tablet measures 247.6 x 178.5x 6.1mm and weighs 458g (Wi-fi) / 460g (cellular).

Apple iPad (8th Gen) specifications

Apple iPad features a 10.2-inch (1620 x 2160 pixels) Retina IPS display with brightness up to 500 nits. Under the hood, the device has a Hexa-core Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm) chipset paired with a 4-core Apple GPU and 32/128GB of storage. It comes with a single 8 MP, f/2.4 rear camera, and a single 1.2 MP, f/2.2 front-facing camera.

Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE (optional), GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS (cellular model only), and a USB Type-C port. Sensors included are barometer, compass, top-mounted fingerprint reader, accelerometer, and a gyroscope. The tablet comes with a non-removable 32.4 watt-hour rechargeable battery.

Lastly, the tablet measures 250.6x 174.1x 7.5mm and weighs 490g (Wi-Fi) / 495g (cellular).

Pricing and availability

The Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) Wi-Fi only, 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 54,900, and the 256GB variant cost Rs. 68,900. The cellular + Wi-Fi 64GB model cost Rs. 66,900, and the 256GB variant of it is priced at Rs. 80,900.

The second-generation Apple Pencil for iPad Air is priced at Rs. 10,900. Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Air cost Rs. 27,900 and Rs. 15,900, respectively. Smart Folios are available for Rs. 7,500 in Black, White, and three new seasonal colors, including Deep Navy, Cyprus Green, and Pink Citrus.

The new iPad Air will be available to purchase starting October in the country via Apple Authorized Resellers.

On the other hand, the eighth generation iPad Wi-Fi only, 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 29,900 and Rs. 37,900 for the 128GB storage variant. The cellular + Wi-Fi, 32GB storage model cost Rs. 41,900, and the 128GB storage variant of it is priced at Rs. 48,900. The Apple pencil (1st Gen) cost Rs. 8,500, Smart Keyboard for iPad cost Rs. 13,900, and the Smart covers cost Rs. 4,500.

The Apple iPad (8th Gen) will be available to purchase soon in India via Apple Authorized Resellers.

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