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iPad Air 4 revealed: A14 chip, Pro design, innovative TouchID and colours

Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Air 4 and it looks like a fantastic new iteration of one of the best tablets around. Here is everything you need to know, including price and features.

With the iPad Air 4, Apple’s mid-range tablet is now more like the iPad Pro than ever before and in a few areas it actually seems better.

Before we fully dive into specs and details, here’s a quick run-through of the what’s new. Big upgrades include a new iPad Pro-inspired design, a TouchID sensor inside the power button and a move to USB-C. There are now multiple colour options, the first use of the A14 chip and support for a myriad of previously ‘Pro’ accessories.

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iPad Air 4 design

The iPad Air 4 looks a whole lot like the iPad Pro. it has a flat back and sides, rounded corners and a screen that covers the majority of the front. The bezel on the front isn’t quite as slims as on the Pro, though.

Apple is keeping the TouchID sensor around, however it is now embedded into the power key so it works sort of like it does on a MacBook. There’s no FaceID unlocking system here, which is another difference between this and the iPad Pro.

There’s a new USB-C port on the bottom (yay) and you can connect it to the Magic Keyboard for a more productive environment. That USB-C port is capable of 5Gbps data transfer and can drive 4K external monitors.

Another first this time around is a bunch of colours. You can get the iPad Air in five hues, including a slick new blue and green.

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iPad Air 4 display

The iPad Air 4 will come with 10.9-inch screen size, slightly smaller than that of the 11-inch Pro. There won’t be a larger version with a 12.9-inch screen.

This display looks to be fantastic though, with a P3 colour gamut and a 2360 x 1640 resolution. It’s also fully laminated, so it’ll feel like you’re actually touching those pixels.

So, what’s missing from the Pro? well the big miss is a ProMotion panel. The iPad Pro can refresh at 120Hz, whereas the new iPad Air is still a 60Hz screen. This could lead to the iPad Air being a little slower when you’re interacting with it via the Apple Pencil 2.

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All the colours

iPad Air 4 specs and camera

Inside the iPad Air 4 is the new A14 Bionic chipset, which is what we assume will power the upcoming iPhone 12. Apple is touting this as offering 40% CPU and 30% graphics performance improvements over the previous iPad Air. How that compares to performance on iPad Pro remains to be seen.

The A14 Bionic also includes a new 16-core neural engine and improved machine learning capabilities.

All the specs

In terms of camera. you’re looking at a 7MP FaceTime HD camera around the front with an f/2.2 aperture, 60fps 1080p video capture and Smart HDR. Flip the device around and you’ve got a 12MP sensor, which is the same as the one on the iPad Pro (just without the LiDAR). While we’re not huge fans of taking snaps with a tablet, there’s still plenty to like here and it should be a very capable setup.

There’s also WiFi 6 support, stereo speakers, 60% faster LTE connectivity and it’ll ship with iOS 14.

It works with the Magic Keyboard

iPad Air 4 price and release date

Apple didn’t specify a release date or a preorder date for the new iPad Air, however we do know that it’ll be coming in October. In the UK you’ll be able to get the 64GB version for £579 and the cellular variety starts at £709. They’ll be a 256GB version too.

While this is pricier than the outgoing Air (£499) this is a huge upgrade and still far cheaper than the iPad Pro.

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