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New iPad Air; solid edges and colourful finishes

What is old is new again

Apple introduces an all-new iPad Air touted to be powerful, more versatile, and very colourful. Now available in five finishes, iPad Air features less bezels and more screen with a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display. Alonside the display are camera and audio upgrades, a new integrated Touch ID sensor in the top button, and the new A14 Bionic for a boost in performance compared to the previous generations.
 
 

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The new iPad Air features a new thin and light design in five finishes: silver, space grey, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
 
 

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“The new iPad Air brings customers powerful pro features at an even more affordable price. Along with major upgrades to the iPad Pro and eighth-generation iPad this year…”

– Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

 
 
The tablet has been equipped with Apple’s current most advanced chip known as A14 Bionic. There is a claim by Apple that this chip should allow you to edit 4K videos, create high detail art pieces, play CPU heavy games without lag. Using 5-nanometer process technology, A14 Bionic has 11.8 billion transistors for performance and power efficiency goals. The chip itself has a 6-core design for a 40% boost in CPU performance compared to last gen iPad Air, and a new quad core graphics architecture for a 30% improvement in graphics compared to the old iPad Air.

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It includes a 7MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera, now features the same 12MP rear camera used in iPad Pro for higher resolution photos and 4K video capture. The new design of iPad Air features stereo speakers in landscape mode, elevating the audio experience so users can enjoy wider stereo sound while watching video.

iPad Air now features a USB-C port for up to 5Gbps data transfer, which is 10 times faster, for connecting to cameras, hard drives, and external monitors up to 4K. With Wi-Fi 6 performance and 60 percent faster LTE connectivity,3 along with A14 Bionic.
 
 
iPadOS 14 also brings Scribble to iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly in any text field, making actions like replying to a quick iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy.
 
 

“…Along with the powerful new features of iPadOS 14, this is our strongest iPad lineup ever, giving our customers even more ways to enrich their daily lives.”

– Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

 
 

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The new iPad Air will be available starting next month on apple.com/au and in the Apple Store app in 30 countries and regions, including Australia. Wi-Fi models of iPad Air will be available with a starting price of RRP A$899 inc. GST and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at RRP A$1,099 inc. GST. The new iPad Air, in 64GB and 256GB configurations.

Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately for RRP A$199 inc. GST, is compatible with iPad Air.
 
 

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Magic Keyboard and the Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Air are available for purchase separately for RRP A$499 inc. GST and RRP A$269 inc. GST, respectively, both with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
 
 

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