The iPad Air is Apple's first product to sport its A14 Bionic chip, one that's manufactured with a 5-nanometer process. The tablet comes with a 10.90-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2360x1640 pixels at a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch (ppi). And like previous iPads, the new 8th-gen iPad still supports handwriting recognition using the Apple Pencil.
The new iPad Air features a completely new thin and light design in five gorgeous finishes: silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
In fact, to help support stylus input, Apple is adding a new compact UI that also better understands natural language recognition, with the new Scribble feature able to convert handwriting into standard text on the fly.
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.
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Coming to the tablet itself, Apple has gone for a new design.
The 8th gen iPad will be available in India soon at a starting price of ₹29,900 for the WiFi only variant and ₹41,900 for the cellular+WiFi variant. You still get Touch ID fingerprint scanning though as Apple has embedded one in the side-mounted flat power/standby button. The change reduces the bezels on the device, but it also means you'll have to swipe up from the bottom to return to the home screen.
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The iPad Air takes some design cues from the iPad Pro. The company has swapped out the lightening port for USB-C.
If you're familiar with Apple's popular and economical 7th-generation iPad (introduced about a year ago), you already know what to expect from the 8th-generation model. According to the company, the new iPad Air is twice as fast as the nearest Android tablet.
Connectivity support extends to Wi-Fi 6, while LTE is said to be 60% faster than in earlier models.
As usual, the 8th gen iPad still boasts up to 10 hours of battery life. If you're a professional who needs top specs, or even if you're simply using your iPad for watching movies and YouTube videos, you will find that the new model will provide you a significantly better experience.
On top of that, Apple claims that the latest iPad will have 2x faster graphics than its predecessor.
The Wi-Fi version starts at US$329 at 32GB, moving up to 128GB for US$429.
The Wi-Fi model starts at US$599 for 64GB and US$749 for 256GB.