Traditionally in September Apple presents its new smartphones. But in 2020, both the format of the event and its content have changed. The new iPhones will come out later, but for now, other products have come to the fore. The expected update has undergone the iPad line. And if the youngest member of the family turned out to be a cosmetic improvement of its predecessor, then the iPad Air 4 (2020) has evolved significantly. It is no coincidence that this particular product was called the main one at the presentation. And it’s not a shame to call the iPad Air a real masterpiece of the world of technology.
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With the presentation of the 2020 iPad Air, Apple showed that the line is still relevant, and also emphasized the persistence of the chosen path of development of tablets. The “air” tablet has enlarged the screen without sacrificing overall dimensions and has become much more powerful.
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2020 iPad Air design and dimensions
The design of the new iPad Air has been significantly redesigned. The main part of the front panel is occupied by a display with rounded corners and a diagonal of 10.9 inches. The frame around it turned out to be quite thin and of constant width. The Home button under the screen is no longer there, and the Touch ID sensor on the top button is responsible for quick and easy authentication. On the side there are volume buttons and a magnetic surface for connecting accessories.
The iPad Air is made from recycled aluminum, which is just one of Apple’s ways to help the environment. The dimensions of the tablet are insignificant, but have changed – it has become a little wider – 178.5 mm, but at the same time a little lower – 247.6 mm. But the thickness of the device remains the same – 6.1 mm. The weight of the device has hardly changed either – 460 g in the LTE version and 458 g in the Wi-Fi model.
An important change was the abandonment of the 3.5mm jack. But audiophiles will be pleasantly pleased with the appearance of two additional speakers – a combination of four sources will give out really powerful and rich sound, albeit stereo. The familiar Lightning port is gone too.
Apple has taken a step towards universal solutions by ditching the proprietary connector on the 2020 iPad Air in favor of the mainstream USB-C with fast charging capabilities.
Obviously, these changes bring the tablet closer to the older model, the iPad Pro.
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2020 iPad Air display
The Retina Liquid Retina display with LED backlighting is made using IPS technology. The screen received a diagonal of 10.9 inches and a resolution of 2360 × 1640 pixels (density 264 pixels per inch). There is support for True Tone technology to adjust the brightness to the current lighting, wide color gamut (P3). The screen brightness is 500 cd / m22… The display has received anti-reflective, laminated and oleophobic coatings.
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2020 iPad Air colors
The 2020 iPad Air lineup received not only a significant design update, but also acquired additional colors. The tablet can be found in the following body color options: silver, green, “blue sky”, “gray space” and “rose gold”. This variety clearly suggests that Apple is trying to make this product interesting even for discerning users. Everybody should like the hit, at least for its coloring.
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2020 iPad Air performance and storage
The 2020 iPad Air presentation focused on the power and capabilities of this device. You shouldn’t be surprised – the heart of the tablet is the flagship A14 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, which allows you to bring your ideas to life. The 6-core processor is made using 5-nanometer technology, which other manufacturers can only dream of. The chip has 11.8 billion transistors, and its speed is 11 trillion operations per second. The dedicated Neural Engine controller is responsible for machine learning and has 16 cores at its disposal, which takes capabilities to the next level. Machine learning is now 70% faster than the previous generation.
The generation of the GPU has also been updated, although the number of cores remains the same, the frequency of their operation has increased. This gave a 30% increase in speed over the 2019 model.
The storage capacity of the 2020 iPad Air repeats the parameters of its predecessor – 64 and 256 GB. This is a sensible split that will satisfy almost any need.
The built-in battery received a capacity of 28.6 W ∙ h. The manufacturer claims that this is enough for 10 hours of surfing the Internet or watching videos. For Wi-Fi + Cellular models, the battery will give you up to 9 hours of internet use when connected to it via a cellular connection.
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2020 iPad Air cameras
The 2020 iPad Air has an updated main camera. It is now a 12MP wide-angle camera with an f / 1.8 aperture. There is a Smart HDR function and support for proprietary Live Photos with stabilization. In general, the camera can be called quite advanced, with the possibility of shooting a panorama, the emerging automatic stabilization, noise reduction and a wide color range. But this module did not receive a hardware flash. The camera can shoot video up to 4K resolution at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second. It is possible to shoot slow-motion video with a resolution of 1080p and a frequency of 120 or 240 frames per second. Improved image stabilization capabilities when shooting. The camera can take 8MP stills while recording 4K video.
The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also improved slightly. It retained the previous 7 MP resolution, but the aperture is now f / 2.0. The module can shoot HD video with a frame rate of up to 60 per second, has a wide color range for photos and Live Photos, Smart HDR function, the ability to do continuous shooting. The screen is responsible for the flash via Retina Flash. Despite the convergence with the iPad Pro lineup, Face ID isn’t available on the 2020 iPad Air.
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2020 Apple Air Accessories
In 2020, the tablet received support for the second generation Apple Pencil. This makes it even better to take notes, write on the tablet and sketch your ideas, iPadOS 14 allows you to form regular geometric shapes from sketches. Previously, this accessory was only supported by Apple’s professional line of tablets. Such a digital pen Apple costs 11 490 rubles.
The possibility of connecting Smart Keyboard is preserved, but already of a new generation. This accessory acts as a keyboard and when folded is an elegant cover. Plus, the 2020 iPad Air can work with the Magic Keyboard too. This accessory attaches itself to the back of the tablet, keeping it suspended. The keyboard has backlit keys and a touchpad. And with the USB-C port, you can also recharge your iPad. Smart Keyboard Folio costs 13,990 rubles, and Magic Keyboard costs 26,990 rubles. These accessories greatly enhance your typing experience and protect your tablet.
Thanks to the presence of a USB-C port, you can connect new additional devices and accessories to the tablet: cameras, monitors, and more.
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2020 iPad Air Wireless Interfaces
The 2020 iPad Air now features support for the new Wi-Fi 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 standard, which will improve Internet speed in some scenarios by 30%. The tablet can simultaneously operate in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The current Bluetooth class 5.0 is supported. Wi-Fi + Cellular models received Gigabit LTE class, there is support for eSIM.
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What’s in the 2020 iPad Air
In addition to the tablet itself, the package includes a 1-meter USB-C cable for charging, as well as a 20W USB-C power adapter. The rest of the accessories will have to be purchased separately as needed.
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2020 iPad Air Specifications (Specifications)
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2020 iPad Air Price
iPad Air 2020, 64 GB, Wi-Fi version – 55 900 rubles
iPad 2020, 256 GB, Wi-Fi version – 69 900 rubles
iPad 2020, 64 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) – 67 900 rubles
iPad 2020, 256 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) – 81 900 rubles
The 2020 iPad Air is Apple’s vision for a truly powerful all-in-one device. It is no coincidence that the significant superiority not only over Android tablets, but also over Chromebooks and Windows laptops is emphasized. Apple claims the iPad Air can even edit 4K video and work with Photoshop. An attempt to move the tablet into a “different league”, including through a new processor, USB-C port and design refresh, clearly succeeded. Moreover, now, before the update of the Pro line, it is the iPad Air that seems to be the flagship model among Apple tablets. And this cannot but draw attention to him.