Apple’s new iPad Air is now available to preorder. The new tablet, announced at Apple’s event last month, has a similar design to the iPad Pro but a lower starting price of $ 599. Announcing preorder details, Apple confirmed that the new tablet will be available starting October 23, the same day as the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
In addition to its small bezels and square-off edges, the iPad Air shares other iPad Pro features. It uses USB-C instead of Lightning for charging and connectivity, and it also works with iPad Pro accessories like the $ 299 Magic Keyboard and the new $ 129 Apple Pencil, which is magnetically attached to the side of the device. It also acquired a more modern Apple A14 Bionic processor, compared to the A12Z Bionic chip on the iPad Pro this year, even though the iPad Air has a six-core CPU instead of eight.
There are a couple of features of the iPad Pro that have not yet leaked to more affordable tablets, however. No Face ID at this time; instead you get a Touch ID sensor built into the power button mounted on the side of the tablet. The Air’s 10.9-inch 2360 x 1640 display is also relatively smaller than the 11-inch iPad Pro’s, and has no high 120Hz refresh rate. There is also no LIDAR next to the camera, a feature that can be useful for AR applications.
Unless you need specific features, however, than the iPad Air has the potential to be a more affordable alternative. We look forward to putting it in its steps throughout our review.