iPad Air (2020)

The fourth-generation iPad Air is a tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on September 15, 2020. Pre-orders began on October 16, 2020, and shipping started on October 23, 2020. The device features a design similar to the third-generation iPad Pro.

iPad Air (4th generation)
Also known asiPad Air 4
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyiPad Air
TypeTablet computer
Generation4th
Release dateOctober 23, 2020; 4 months ago (2020-10-23)
Introductory price$599 USD
£579 GBP
€669 EUR
$779 CAD
$879 SGD
$899 AUD
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 14
Current: iPadOS 14.4, released January 26, 2021 (2021-01-26)
System on a chipApple A14 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M14 motion co-processor
Memory4 GB[1]
Storage64 or 256 GB flash memory
Display10.9 inches (280 mm) (2,360 x 1,640) px (264 ppi), 500-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, Fully Laminated Display, 1.8% Reflectivity and Apple Pencil (2nd generation) support
GraphicsApple-Designed 4-Core
SoundStereo
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 7 MP, ƒ/2.0 aperture, burst mode, timer mode, exposure control, face detection, Smart HDR, wide-color capture, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording Rear: 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, five-element lens, burst mode, timer mode, exposure control, noise reduction, face detection, Hybrid IR filter, Live Photos with stabilization, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, face detection, Smart HDR, panorama, wide-color capture, auto image stabilization, 1080p HD 30fps video recording, video stabilization, slo-mo, time-lapse
Connectivity
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular:
802.11 Wi-Fi 6 dual-band (2.4 GHz & 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, 48, 66, 71
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions9.74 inches (247.6 mm);"(h)

7 inches (178.5 mm);(w)

0.24 inch (6.1 mm);(d)
MassWi-Fi:

1.0 pound (458 grams)
Wi-Fi + Cellular:

1.01 pounds (460 grams)
PredecessoriPad Air (2019)
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-air/

FeaturesEdit

HardwareEdit

The fourth-generation iPad Air features an updated design, similar to that of the third-generation iPad Pro. It features a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display, USB-C, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, and Smart Keyboard Folio.[2] However, there is no ProMotion display and no camera flash. The home button is removed, and Touch ID has been relocated to the Sleep/Wake button on the top right edge of the device.[3] In addition, in contrast to the third-generation iPad Air, the fourth-generation iPad Air lacks a headphone jack.

In terms of performance, it features the new Apple A14 Bionic chip making it 40% faster than its predecessor.

Colors available are Space Grey, Silver, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue.

Color Name
Space Grey
Silver
Rose Gold
Green
Sky Blue

ReceptionEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple was praised for the lack of inclusion of Face ID in favor of Touch ID integrated into the power button, as Face ID is useless while wearing masks.[4][5]

Timeline of iPad modelsEdit

iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2020)iPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Espósito, Filipe (October 4, 2020). "iPad Air 4 benchmark results emerge on the web as Apple reportedly prepares A14 Apple TV [U]".
  2. ^ "New iPad Air 4 (2020) release date, price, and everything you need to know | TechRadar". www.techradar.com. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. ^ Warren, Tom (2020-09-15). "Apple announces new iPad Air that looks more like an iPad Pro, starting at $599". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  4. ^ Tibken, Shara (October 13, 2020). "iPhone 12 and the Touch ID button: Why Apple probably won't give it to us this year". CNET. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Collins, Katie (October 20, 2020). "Our masks make Face ID useless. iPhone 12 did nothing to fix it". CNET. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
Preceded by
iPad Air (2019)
iPad Air (2020)
4th generation
Succeeded by
None; latest model