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What, No 5G? Apple Updates iPad Air as iPhone 12 Release Date Nears

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… the new iPadOS 14, announced in June available for download on existing iPads today.

Apple's OS 14 on iPad

Apple’s OS 14, rolling out to devices on Wednesday, is displayed here on an iPad.

Since launching the first iPad a decade ago, Apple has shipped 500 million, CEO Tim Cook said during Tuesday’s introduction. While tablet growth has slowed, Cook noted that more than half of new iPads are customer’s first Apple tablets. Cook indicated that COVID-19 has propped usage of iPads for communications, for education and health care.

Cook also noted that the iPad app store now has 1 million apps.

“The iPad can do whatever you need it to do,” he said.

8th Generation iPad

Among the two new devices, the new iPad 8th generation is based on Apple’s most popular iPad SKU. Like its predecessor, it has a 10.2-inch display. But it is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic CPU and GPU chipset. The company claims it will offer 40% improved processing performance and will render graphics twice as fast. Apple pointed to its new neural networking engine designed to process 5 trillion operations per second.

The base model with 32GB of storage with Wi-Fi only connectivity costs $329, and with LTE it is $459. Versions with $128 GB cost $100 extra.

4th Generation iPad Air

The iPad Air is the midrange of Apple’s tablet lineup. At the high end, Apple earlier this year rolled out its 4th generation iPad Pro. The iPad Air is also on its fourth release and runs Apple’s new A14 Bionic processor. It has a slightly larger, 10.9-inch display with Apple’s new Liquid Retina True Tone.

It is a more fully featured iPad with support for Apple’s Magic Keyboard, which supports a trackpad. The new iPad Air also supports Apple’s 2nd generation pencil and has a higher resolution 12MP camera. Moreover, it has a USB-C interface for connectivity, replacing Apple’s Lightning connector, which still lives on the 8th generation iPad. The iPad Air starts at $599 for Wi-Fi only with 64 GB of storage. A comparable model with LTE connectivity costs $729. Models with 256 GB of storage cost $150 extra.

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2 comments

  1. Avatar Shahzain Muhammad October 13, 2020 @ 10:38 pm

    I have an iPad Air 1 it has 5g how come the ipad 8 and air have four g even though they are newer?

  2. Avatar PhoneMan October 23, 2020 @ 4:04 am

    You are thinking of 5GHz WiFi. That is not 5g !!

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