Apple has announced its new iPad Air, which comes with iPadOS 14 and is powered by its A14 Bionic chip.
Apple calls the 5nm A14 chip its most powerful ever. The chip has 11.8 billion transistors, six cores, and a four-core graphics architecture. The respective core designs are said to translate to a 40% improvement in CPU performance and a 30% graphics improvement. The chip also has a 16-core Neural Engine and second-gen machine learning accelerators.
Outside of the A14, the iPad Air features a 10.9 inch Liquid Retina display, a 7 MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and the same 12MP rear camera as the iPad Pro. It also has a USB-C port with transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi 6 and LTE capabilities. It also features compatibility with Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, the new Smart Folio covers, and Magic Keyboard.
The new iPad Air will be available from apple.com and the Apple Store app in October. Colour options include silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue. 64GB and 256GB storage options are offered, as well as a choice between Wi-Fi connectivity or Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity. The prices are as follows:
64 GB and Wi-Fi: RM2,599
64 GB and Wi-Fi + Cellular: RM3,149
256 GB and Wi-Fi: RM3,249
256 GB and Wi-Fi + Cellular: RM3,799