The new iPad Air 4 (2020) marks a big change for Apple’s ‘light-as-air’ line of tablets – it’s no longer a bulky version of the ‘standard’ iPads, but it’s more of a specified iPad Pro now.
This 2020 model in line, the iPad Air 4, was shown at the Apple event in September alongside the entry-level iPad (2020), the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE. It was certainly the most premium product on display at the event, and perhaps the most intriguing.
This is the fourth generation of Apple’s mid-range ‘iPad Air’ line, and it’s a family that Apple didn’t seem to know what to do with, as the iPad Air 3 was in many cases just a larger version of the entry-level iPad . ways. The iPad Air 4 has a lot in common with the iPad Pro (2020) models, so it looks like Apple has a plan for the Airs.
To help you deal with this tablet, we’ve gathered all the information we’ve gathered about it so far, including the price, release date, specifications and features of the iPad Air 4.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple’s latest mid-range tablet
- When is it out? Somewhere in October
- How much is it? Starting at $ 599 / £ 579 / AU $ 899
iPad Air (2020) release date and price
The new iPad Air price starts at $ 599 / £ 579 / AU $ 899, and will go on sale next month, so sometime in October 2020. That’s quite an increase over its predecessor, but it looks like that we also get a big jump in specifications.
That’s the starting price, but you can get it in both 64GB and 256GB, with LTE connectivity or just Wi-Fi if you want. Below we put a chart with all prices.
The iPad Air 3 started at $ 499 / £ 479 / AU $ 779 for a version with 64 GB of storage and $ 649 / £ 629 / AU $ 999 for 256 GB. The price went up by $ 130 / £ 120 / AU $ 200 each for the LTE version, instead of Wi-Fi.
|Region||64 GB||64 GB and LTE||256 GB||256 GB and LTE|
|U.S||$ 599||$ 729||$ 749||$ 879|
|UK||£ 579||£ 709||£ 729||£ 859|
|BEE||$ 899||$ 1099||$ 1,129||$ 1,329|
iPad Air design and display
The iPad Air has a flat bezel, full screen, single rear camera and some subtle bezel buttons – it looks a lot like an iPad Pro, which is a change from previous iPad Airs, which looked like large versions of the item-level slates with large borders and physical buttons on the front.
The screen uses Apple’s Liquid Retina display technology, which is a nice form of LCD. It has a resolution of 2360 x 1640 and is 25 inches wide, which isn’t quite as big as the iPad Pro models considering that slate’s smallest size is 11 inches. There are plenty of features here to enhance the visuals, like Apple’s True Tone display technology, which subtly adjusts the display depending on the environment you’re in.
The iPad Air 4 is the first Apple tablet to have a fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side, which is an intriguing move from Apple. Other slates from the company have fingerprint sensors built into the home button on the front, but we haven’t seen Apple’s side-mounted scanners before.
There is a USB-C port here, like on the iPad Pro models, which should make charging and transferring data much faster, and it will be welcomed by professionals looking to connect external monitors or hard drives to the tablet
The iPad Air 4 works with the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil – making it the first tablet outside of the Apple Pro family to use this newer stylus. It attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet for storage and charging.
iPad Air specifications and features
The chipset in the iPad Air 4 is the A14 Bionic, which we expect to see in the iPhone 12. It’s the first 5nm chipset in an Apple mobile tablet, and it sounds like the new Air will be Apple’s fastest tablet. . has already been released – we’ll be running some benchmark tests once we get the slate in our labs to see if that’s the case.
Apple says the tablet’s graphics performance is “30% faster,” although it hasn’t said what that compares. However, it claims that the iPad Air 4 is twice as fast as your average HP laptop.
Apple rarely announces the battery capacity of its devices when they launch – we expect to know when the iPad Air is on sale, as people will inevitably take it apart to see what’s inside.
Finally there is a 7MP f / 2.2 front camera and a 12MP f / 1.8 rear camera, which should be good enough for video calls and other forms of communication.