Apple Introduces iPad Air 4 and iPad 8th Gen

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Apple says iPad Air will be available "soon" through Apple Authorised Resellers.

The basic iPad received a few tweaks, but it's the iPad Air that really stands out.

The new model will come in five colors: silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue. Rather than going down the route of using Face ID, like the iPad Pro line does, Apple simply moved Touch ID to function from the top buitton instead, so users can be authenticated at the same time as turning the iPad Air on.

Of course, there is support for the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil and the lightning port has been replacing by a USB Type-C port, as various rumours suggested.

The new iPad Air supports the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil. There is also support for the 1st-gen Apple Pencil as well as keyboards from Apple and third-party vendors.

The display is a sharp, fully laminated 2360 x 1640 resolution 10.9-inch panel with an anti-reflective surface.

The iPad Air takes some design cues from the iPad Pro. With 500 million iPad devices sold, the traditional design is proven to be just fine. There is still no True Tone (or Pro Motion which is understandable). Unlike the new iPad Air, the new tablet still retains the iconic design that has a home button with an integrated Touch ID. It comes in two variants - 32GB and 64GB. With the new chip in tow, Apple promises it's two times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, three times Android tablet, and six times faster than Chromebooks. Wi-Fi + Cellular costs US$459 for 32GB and US$559 for 128GB.

The iPad gets a healthy power bump for 2020, as well.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has sold more than 500 million iPads over the past 10 years since the first iPad debuted. Like the Air, it comes in Wi-Fi and cellular models, and has a built-in eSIM. The new iPad Air will be available in either 64GB and 256GB storage options. It features tap to focus, autofocus, Smart HDR, auto image stabilization, wide color capture, and can record video in 4K. The iPad Air 4 is also capable of 30% faster graphics processing over the Air 3, which will be especially noticeable to gamers and video editors.

The larger display on the iPad Air should make multitasking feel less cramped than on the iPad. Amazon does a fine job in the budget market with its Fire tablets, but again, those don't offer as much versatility, and you don't even get the Play Store out of the box. In addition to Apple Music, this subscription might also include Apple TV+, Arcade, News+ and other services, reported GSMArena.

Pricing starts at Rs 54,900 for the Wi-Fi only model and Rs 66,900 for the Wi-Fi + LTE model.

Apple today introduced an all-new iPad Air - the most powerful, versatile, and colorful iPad Air ever.