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The third-generation iPad Air is a tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on March 18, 2019 alongside the 5th generation iPad Mini. The device is similar to both the iPad Air 2 and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and features the Apple A12 Bionic chip, 64 or 256 GB storage, an upgraded 10.5-inch Retina Display with support for Apple Pencil (1st generation), Bluetooth 5.0 and faster memory: LPDDR4X instead of the iPad Air 2's LPDDR3.[1]

iPad Air (3rd Generation)
IPad Air logo 2019.svg
Also known asiPad Air 3
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyiPad Air
TypeTablet computer
Generation3rd
Release dateMarch 18, 2019
Introductory price$499 USD
£479 GBP
$649 CAD
$779 AUD
€549 EUR
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 12.2
Current: iPadOS 13.1.3, released October 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)
System-on-chip usedApple A12 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor
CPU2.49 GHz Hexa-core (2x high performance Vortex + 4x high efficiency Tempest)
Memory3 GB LPDDR4X RAM (LPDDR4X)
Storage64 or 256 GB flash memory
Display10.5 inches (270 mm) (2,224 x 1,668) px (264 ppi), 500-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, Fully Laminated Display, 1.8% Reflectivity and Apple Pencil (1st generation) support
GraphicsApple-Designed 4-Core
SoundStereo (both at bottom)
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, M12 motion co-processor, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 7 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording Rear: 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Live Photos, face detection, HDR, panorama, wide-color capture, timer mode, burst mode, 1080p HD 30fps video recording, video stabilization, slo-mo, time-lapse
Connectivity
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular:
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi + Cellular:
GPS & GLONASS
GSM
UMTS / HSDPA
850, 1700, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE
Multiple bands
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71
Power30.2 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life.
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions250.6 mm (9.87 in) (h)
174.1 mm (6.85 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
MassWi-Fi: 456 g (1.005 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 464 g (1.023 lb)
PredecessoriPad Air 2
Related articlesiPad Mini (5th generation)
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-air/

FeaturesEdit

HardwareEdit

While the third-generation iPad Air features the upgraded front camera system of the 7MP (1080p) camera used since 2016 starting with the iPhone 7 and continued with the iPhone XS, it continues with the older 8MP (1080p) rear camera system used since the iPad Air 2 in 2014[2], so it cannot record in 4K.[3] This iPad Air retains the Lightning port and keeps the headphone jack.

The third-generation iPad Air has a 2.49GHz six-core processor, the Apple A12 Bionic chip.[4] That chip has a 66% faster clock speed than the 1.5GHz triple-core Apple A8X in the second-gen, The third-generation iPad Air has a True Tone display, which allows the LCD to adapt to ambient lighting to change its color and intensity in different environments.[5]

It is more than 3x faster than iPad Air 2, and the battery can last up to 10 hours.[6]

ReceptionEdit

The third-generation iPad Air was praised for its laminated screen and Smart Keyboard case capability iPad speed as well as a speedy CPU. However, it only supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, uses the 2017's 10.5-inch iPad Pro design and only has two speakers compared to four on the Pro models.[7]

TimelineEdit

iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2017)iPad Pro (2017)iPad ProiPad ProiPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (2nd generation)iPad (1st generation) 
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "iPad Air". Apple. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. ^ "iPad Air - Technical Specifications". Apple. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  3. ^ "iPad - Compare Models". Apple. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  4. ^ Smith, Ryan. "Apple Announces the 2018 iPhones: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, & iPhone XR". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  5. ^ Seifert, Dan (March 21, 2016). "New iPad Pro announced: $599, 9.7-inch display, weighs less than one pound". The Verge. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "iPhone XS - A12 Bionic". Apple. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  7. ^ "iPad Air (2019) review". TechRadar. June 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  8. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.