iPad Air (2019)
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.
|Also known as||iPad Air 3|
|Product family||iPad Air|
|Release date||March 18, 2019|
|Introductory price||$499 USD|
|Operating system||Original: iOS 12.2|
Current: iPadOS 13.1.3, released October 15, 2019
|System-on-chip used||Apple A12 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor|
|CPU||2.49 GHz Hexa-core (2x high performance Vortex + 4x high efficiency Tempest)|
|Memory||3 GB LPDDR4X RAM (LPDDR4X)|
|Storage||64 or 256 GB flash memory|
|Display||10.5 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|
|Sound||Stereo (both at bottom)|
|Input||Multi-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|
|Camera||Front: 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|
|Power||30.2 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life.|
|Online services||App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center|
|Dimensions||250.6 mm (9.87 in) (h)|
174.1 mm (6.85 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
|Mass||Wi-Fi: 456 g (1.005 lb)|
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 464 g (1.023 lb)
|Predecessor||iPad Air 2|
|Related articles||iPad Mini (5th generation)|
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, so it cannot record in 4K. 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. 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.
It is more than 3x faster than iPad Air 2, and the battery can last up to 10 hours.
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.
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