It’s not every day that an Apple product receives a major makeover. In the past there have often been minor changes here and minor changes there, so that the tech world was slightly underutilized. However, by Apple’s standards, the iPad Air (2020) has gotten to town positively.
The fourth generation iPad Air not only has a brand new design with a new Touch ID sensor and speaker layout, but also has a larger screen, a more powerful processor and an improved main camera. Everything is set up to make the iPad Air (2020) make a splash, but where does it stand when it comes to that? best iPads Can you buy?
The fourth generation iPad Air is between the entry-level models iPad and the flagship iPad Pro (2021). It is available with 64 GB or 256 GB of storage. Prices start at £ 579 ($ 599, AU $ 899) for the entry-level 64GB entry-level Wi-Fi only and £ 729 ($ 749, AU $ 1,129) for the Wi-Fi / Cellular model.
This makes the latest generation iPad Air around 100 GBP (100 USD, 120 AU $) more expensive than its predecessor. If Apple had just redesigned the design and kept the status quo, you would likely consider this a big jump in price. But the new model is a significant improvement over the old iPad Airs.
Nowhere are the changes more obvious and obvious than with the exterior of the new iPad Air. It’s been redesigned to reflect that iPhone 12and if you like the look and feel of this smartphone, you will love the iPad Air 4.
Specifications of the Apple iPad Air (2020)
Screen size 10.9 in
resolution 2360 x 1640 pixels
warehouse 64 GB / 256 GB
Battery life 10 hours
Cameras 12MP rear / 7MP front
Dimensions (hwd) 24.8 x 17.9 x 0.6 cm
Weight 458 g
Those flat sides and sharp edges give the tablet a more focused look right from the start. It makes a noticeable change in contrast from the smooth, curved edges of the previous version, but doesn’t feel uncomfortable, and those flat sides make it easy to grasp when looking in portrait or landscape orientation.
It looks and feels similar to its big brother, the iPad Air Pro, although the Air is the first iPad to come in a range of optional colors. In addition to the more traditional silver and space gray variants, there are rose gold, green and sky blue variants to choose from. We find the green finish of our test device particularly easy on the eyes.
Run your eyes over those flat edges and you’ll spot a few new additions, too. The first is the presence of speaker grilles on the top and bottom of the tablet. Instead of just offering speakers at the bottom, the iPad Air 4 now offers landscape stereo speakers. That’s right, audio no longer sounds crooked.
The iPad Air now has a USB-C port instead of Lightning, which makes one wondering why Apple continues to use Lightning on the iPhone. Maybe we’ll see the outlet on that iPhone 13 When does it come out later in the year?
The iPad Air’s volume buttons stay in the same place as the power button, though they’re a bit bigger and longer, likely because they now do Touch ID tasks. We find that this takes some time to get used to and is sometimes a little more awkward to use than the dedicated, face-mounted Touch ID button from before. We can’t help but think of an under-screen fingerprint sensor already used by smartphones like that Samsung Galaxy S21 Range, could work better.
The big news on screen is that the new iPad Air is bigger than ever. At 10.9 inches, it’s slightly larger than the previous model (10.5 inches), but you only notice the difference when you look at the two tablets together. The effect is underlined by the narrower bezels at the top and bottom, which were achieved by leaving out the fingerprint scanner / home button. All of this ensures an optimized viewing experience.
The resolution is 2360 x 1640 (compared to 2224 x 1668 on the iPad Air 3) with a pixel density of 264ppi and a maximum brightness of 500 nits.
It’s still a wide color display with True Tone, allowing the iPad Air to adjust the balance of its screen to suit the ambient light conditions. The only thing it doesn’t have compared to its more expensive Pro sibling is a 120Hz refresh rate, which would be nice but not important.
The new iPad Air (2020) has the brain that also matches its beauty. It’s powered by Apple’s A14 bionic chip, the same silicone that powers the entire iPhone 12 range.
In terms of CPU performance, Apple claims the 2020 iPad Air is 40 percent faster than the previous generation A12 Bionic chip, while GPU performance for faster graphics processing has also reportedly increased 30 percent.
While it can’t match the specs of the iPad Pro 2021 in terms of both processing power and storage, Apple claims that the Air is more than powerful enough to handle 4K video and is fully compatible with the Apple Pencil 2 what will be useful for creative types.
How do you translate the performance improvements Apple claims into reality? The iPad responds very well to opening multiple apps and even to the rigors of gaming. In fact, the iPad Air arguably makes the iPad Pro even more of a niche product. For most people, the iPad Air 2020 will be a sufficiently powerful tool.
Apps like Netflix and Amazon Music Get started without hesitation, and even if there are more than a handful of apps running in the background, the iPad Air won’t have any trouble dealing with them. Navigating between apps using a series of simple swipes is quick and hassle-free. Again, Apple’s intuitive iOS operating system offers a smooth and premium user experience.
In terms of cameras, the iPad Air 2020 has a 12-megapixel snapper on the back (up from 8-megapixels in the previous version), while it sticks to the old 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera on the front. The Air can record in 4K resolution at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second and record slow motion videos in 1080p with 120 frames per second or 240 frames per second.
Apple has cut down on the accessories that came with the iPhone, but there’s a 20W charger in addition to the USB-C charging cable. With a fully charged battery, the iPad Air 2020 should have a battery life of up to 10 hours with average use. As an occasional web browser and display device for one or the other episode of The crownyou should be more than covered.
One of the more exciting changes to the design of the iPad Air from an AV standpoint involves its speakers. On the previous iPad Air, they were positioned on one side on the edge below the Touch ID sensor. Here the speakers have been positioned to trigger on either end of the tablet so you can be treated with the proper stereo audio, with both sides of your iPad contributing equally.
Not having the audio offset aside makes a huge difference. It’s better for watching programs in landscape mode, especially if you’re playing episodes of your favorite series on Netflix. The most obvious improvement is a wider sound distribution which adds to a more cinematic and immersive feel. It’s not exactly surround sound, but it’s better than before.
The sound coming out of the speakers is more solid and defined. Dialog has added weight, and while the vibration through the iPad case can be quite annoying at higher volumes, it never seems to tarnish the clarity of what you’re hearing. Stick to normal volume and you’ll be fine.
You still have to be a little careful with the placement of your hands when holding the iPad in landscape orientation, although it has been vastly improved over the older model.
Switch to listening to songs on wireless headphones and the musicality from Apple is a treat. The iPad does Radiohead’s quick job 15 steps and his attempts to trip the tablet show an excellent sense of rhythm and there is a real crack of claps that help keep the track on track. The drums offer a lot of precision, including a solid, weighty kick drum.
Apple’s tablets have a reputation for providing great images when watching videos, and the 2020 iPad Air won’t let the site down. It’s punchy and bright, but also offers a great deal of subtlety when the scene calls for it. Compared to the previous model, the latest iPad Air looks a bit sharper, a bit more detailed and very subtle in dark scenes.
The second series of games Jupiter’s legacy While on Netflix everyone queues to attend their fallen comrade’s funerals, the detail and definition in each character’s suit really catches the eye. Black is deep and rich, but there are subtleties around wrinkles and where light casts a shadow over certain areas. The scene also has an overall sense of depth.
The iPad looks into the nooks and crannies and paints different shades of black and gray with great care and attention. It also shows subtle differences in the intensity of the white shirts worn by some of the characters. Skin tones also appear natural. While Sheldon, Walter, Grace and Brandon sit down for dinner, the light bulbs in the chandelier bulbs give off an inviting, warm glow and there is a great sense of depth.
If you want the ultimate iPad experience, Apple would probably point you towards its Pro range. However, the iPad Air 4 (2020) is the iPad most people will ever need. It’s such a solid and powerful all-rounder that very few feel the need to spend the extra on the iPad Pro.
The design is superb, the user experience is unbeatable, and both the sound and picture quality are good. It’s an excellent tablet, and even with a slight increase in price, we believe it’s worth every penny.
- picture 5
- sound 5
- properties 5
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