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Apple iPad Air 4 (2020) Review - The Air Tablet moves closer to the Pro model

Powerful upgrade. With the 4th generation of the iPad Air, the design has been revised. This brings it visually closer to the iPad Pro, with which it now shares accessories. In addition, Apple's latest A14 processor is at work in the tablet. This review will tell you what other innovations are available and whether it is worthwhile to change over.
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The most obvious change to the Apple iPad Air 4 is the new design, which is based on the iPad Pro's. But the Californian company is also making a big leap forward with the SoC and is not, as initially expected, relying on an A13 chipset but on the current A14 chipset.

The connection equipment does without a jack plug and the Lightning port is now history in the iPad Air. Instead, Apple relies on USB 3.2 with the current Type C design. While the display grows slightly, the battery shrinks. There is also a small upgrade for the main camera and two new speakers.

The more modern hardware is reflected in the price, because the iPad Air 2020 starts in the WLAN version with 64 GB at 632.60 Euros (~$750), and for the model with 256 GB 798.35 Euros (~$947) is charged. For optional LTE, an additional 136 Euros (~$161) is charged; there is no 5G option.

In terms of accessories, the iPad Air is wider and can now also use those of the Pro models.

Apple iPad Air 2020 (iPad Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
10.90 inch 4.3:3, 2360 x 1640 pixel 264 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, IPS, antireflective coating, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
256 GB NVMe, 256 GB 
, 242 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Digital compass, Touch ID, Three‐axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.1 x 247.6 x 178.5 ( = 0.24 x 9.75 x 7.03 in)
Battery
28.6 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8, Smart HDR, 4k video)
Secondary Camera: 7 MPix (f/2.2, Smart HDR, 1080p video)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: onscreen or optional Magic Keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, 20 W USB‑C Power Adapter, USB‑C Charge Cable (1 meter), Documentation, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
458 g ( = 16.16 oz / 1.01 pounds), Power Supply: 74 g ( = 2.61 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91 %
11/2020
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
458 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
88 %
04/2019
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
456 g6.1 mm10.50"2224x1668
88 %
10/2020
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
495 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620
90 %
04/2020
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
471 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
90 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
500 g6.3 mm11.00"2560x1600
88 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.80"2560x1600

Case - iPad Air in slim aluminum unibody

The housing of the Apple iPad Air (2020) consists of a unibody, which is made of recycled aluminum. The tablet is quite colorful this year and is available in Space Grey, Silver, Rose Gold, Green and Sky Blue.

The Apple tablet is as slim as its predecessor and only 6.1 millimeters thick. However, the camera has gained a lot of weight and is no longer enclosed flat into the housing. It now rises a respectable 2.1 millimeters into the air, allowing the iPad Air to tilt easily when lying on a table. Anyone using a case will not notice this, however, as it compensates for the unevenness.

The workmanship of the tablet is excellent and the aluminum surface is a real hand flatterer, which is also very resistant to fingerprints. The iPad defies twisting attempts without making a sound, but a little pressure on the display is enough to create a small ripple. The gap dimensions are tight and even.

Just like with the iPad 8, Apple is moving the focus strongly towards the sustainability of its products. For example, in addition to recycled aluminum, the company also uses recycled tin for the solder and processed rare earths for the speakers. The wood fibers for the packaging are recycled or come from responsibly managed forests. The iPad Air is also an important component of Apple's product strategy to be completely CO2 neutral by 2030.

Size comparison

253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 500 g1.102 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 495 g1.091 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 456 g1.005 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 458 g1.01 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 471 g1.038 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs

Features - USB-C in iPad Air

By eliminating the home button, Apple has integrated the Touch ID into the power button of the case frame, which is protected by sapphire glass. The Lightning connection is buried in the iPad Air (2020), and instead a USB-C port is integrated, which works according to the specifications of USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) and therefore can handle a transfer rate of up to 5 Gb/s.

By eliminating the Lightning port, the iPad Air now uses the current Apple Pencil 2, which is charged and locked in place via a contact surface on the long side. The Smart Connector moves to the back and allows the use of the optional Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard.

There is no longer a jack plug connection for using wired headphones. Neither does the tablet come with a suitable USB adapter, but this can be purchased separately.

Left side
Left side
Right: volume, loading/holding surface for pencil
Right: volume, loading/holding surface for pencil
Top edge: speaker, microphone, loudspeaker, touch ID
Top edge: speaker, microphone, loudspeaker, touch ID
Lower edge: speaker, USB, speaker
Lower edge: speaker, USB, speaker

Software - iPadOS for more productivity with the iPad

At the time of testing, Apple's iPadOS 14.2 is installed on the iPad Air 4. Due to the state-of-the-art processor and a sufficiently large amount of memory, buyers of the tablet can expect to be provided with updates for many years to come.

The new handwriting and shape recognition unfortunately only works in the USA and China so far but can be activated with a simple trick. All you have to do is add an English keyboard layout to the settings and the function can be used system-wide. Umlauts and German spelling are not yet recognized and not all apps support it so far, but the function has a lot of potential and is already working really well.

The A14 SoC offers more power for machine learning and can therefore already use appropriately adapted apps. With the djay app, for example, the front camera of the iPad can be used for contactless scratching with gestures.

Communication - Tablet with Wi-Fi 6 and optional LTE

The Apple iPad Air 10.9 supports Wi-Fi 6 with MIMO antenna technology. It can therefore use both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks. In combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the Apple tablet only achieves below-average transmission values, measured against its theoretical capabilities, which should hardly be noticeable in everyday life, especially since the range of the wireless network is at a good level.

Optionally, the iPad Air is also available with Gigabit-LTE, which has access to a wide range of frequencies. As an alternative to the nano-SIM, an eSIM can also be used in this variant.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼100% +97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
836 (624min - 890max) MBit/s ∼78% +55%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
609 (572min - 622max) MBit/s ∼57% +13%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
541 (500min - 571max) MBit/s ∼51%
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
540 (499min - 581max) MBit/s ∼51% 0%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
342 (291min - 400max) MBit/s ∼32% -37%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼100% +35%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
828 (752min - 864max) MBit/s ∼95% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
679 (653min - 709max) MBit/s ∼78% +5%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
645 (569min - 750max) MBit/s ∼74%
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
553 (481min - 580max) MBit/s ∼63% -14%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
459 (223min - 497max) MBit/s ∼53% -29%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø541 (500-571)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø645 (564-750)

Since our test device is only a WLAN-enabled model, it is not possible to locate the device via satellite navigation systems. Only the compass, sensors and iBeacon can be used to determine the position.

Nevertheless, the iPad Air accompanied us on our bike tour. As expected, the position determination is not very good and the route recording is far off the actual route taken. However, the Apple tablet roughly records the route even without satellite communication.

Apple iPad Air 4 - overview
Apple iPad Air 4 - overview
Apple iPad Air 4 - circumnavigation of the lake
Apple iPad Air 4 - circumnavigation of the lake
Apple iPad Air 4 - turning point
Apple iPad Air 4 - turning point
Garmin Edge 500 - overview
Garmin Edge 500 - overview
Garmin Edge 500 - circumnavigation of the lake
Garmin Edge 500 - circumnavigation of the lake
Garmin Edge 500 - turning point
Garmin Edge 500 - turning point

Cameras - Only slight improvements

Selfie with the iPad Air
Selfie with the iPad Air

The front camera has a resolution of 7 MP and is identical to the iPad Air 2019 on the data sheet. The quality offered is absolutely sufficient for video calls. Videos can be recorded in Full HD at up to 60 FPS.

The single camera on the back got a small upgrade. It now resolves at 12 MP and even supports video recording in Ultra HD (up to 60 FPS). In terms of photography, it allows good daylight shots, but these are sometimes a bit cool. Compared to the smaller iPad 8, the better low-light performance catches the eye.

The camera is certainly not for snapshot hunters, but its performance is perfectly adequate for document capture and documentation.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide angleWide angleZoom (5x)Low light
click to load images
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
92 ∆E
71 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Air 2020: 46.91 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 92.02 ∆E
ColorChecker
6.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
4 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Air 2020: 5.44 ∆E min: 2.45 - max: 12.48 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Many accessories, but only 12 months' warranty

The Apple iPad Air (2020) comes with a modular 20-watt power supply unit, a USB-C cable, Apple stickers and the obligatory documentation.

Optionally, the iPad can draw on unlimited resources. In addition to simple smart covers in various colors, two keyboard covers are also available. The Smart Keyboard is the cheaper alternative at almost 200 Euros (~$237) but does not have a trackpad. The Magic Keyboard is closer to a laptop, but at over 330 Euros (~$391) it is also noticeably more expensive. A positive thing about both models is that they can also be used with the iPad Pro 11. The Apple Pencil of the 2nd generation can be used as a stylus.

Apple gives only 12 months' warranty on its product. In addition, however, the tablet can be protected against unintentional damage for two years with AppleCare+, which costs 79 Euros (~$94). Up to two repairs are possible, for each of which a service fee of 49 Euros (~$58) is charged. Also covered are a keyboard and a pen, for which a service fee of 29 Euros (~$34) is charged in each case.

iPad Air 4 with Magic Keyboard and Pencil 2
iPad Air 4 with Magic Keyboard and Pencil 2
iPad Air 10.9 in the Smart Folio on both sides
iPad Air 10.9 in the Smart Folio on both sides

Input devices and operation - Touch ID for the first time in the frame

The capacitive touchscreen of the Apple iPad Air 4 reacts very quickly and precisely. If you don't like the preinstalled Apple layout, you can also find alternatives in the App Store.

The new Touch ID, which is integrated into the power button in the frame, feels good and works perfectly. Both the recognition rate of the stored fingers and the unlocking speed are very high.

If you use the Apple pencil, you will get a better writing experience than on the iPad 8. The pencil works extremely accurately and is ideal for input, notes and drawing. The only thing missing so far is a practical gesture to get back to the home screen. Typing in the lower right corner quickly turns into a game of chance and often requires patience.

Keyboard layout of the Magic Keyboard
 

Display - Larger IPS panel for iPad Air

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The display of the Apple iPad Air 2020 grows slightly compared to its predecessor (10.5-inches) and now reaches 10.9-inches (27.69 cm) and therefore also has a slightly higher resolution. At 2360x1640 pixels, however, the pixel density remains at the same level.

Also in terms of brightness no changes are visible. On a pure white background, the iPad achieves 509 cd/m², but with an even distribution of light and dark areas, it becomes only slightly brighter at 512 cd/m². The full luminosity can be called up manually. The iPad also features the True-Tone feature, in which not only the brightness of the display is controlled via the ambient light sensor but also the color temperature of the display to ensure the most ideal display possible.

Fortunately, the Californian firm does not use pulse width modulation (PWM) for brightness control.

484
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
509
cd/m²
498
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 509 cd/m² Average: 485.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.98 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 509 cd/m²
Contrast: 1305:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.21
Apple iPad Air 2020
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Apple iPad Air 2019
IPS, 2224x1668, 10.50
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
LTPS, 2560x1600, 11.00
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.80
Screen
-15%
-34%
21%
-16%
-29%
Brightness middle
509
515
1%
477
-6%
617
21%
554
9%
606
19%
Brightness
486
483
-1%
452
-7%
585
20%
535
10%
579
19%
Brightness Distribution
93
90
-3%
86
-8%
84
-10%
91
-2%
89
-4%
Black Level *
0.39
0.41
-5%
0.5
-28%
0.36
8%
0.33
15%
0.32
18%
Contrast
1305
1256
-4%
954
-27%
1714
31%
1679
29%
1894
45%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.3
1.6
-23%
2.2
-69%
0.94
28%
2.1
-62%
2.9
-123%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.8
4.4
-57%
5
-79%
1.87
33%
7.1
-154%
6
-114%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.2
2.8
-27%
3.3
-50%
1.4
36%
1.6
27%
4.3
-95%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.21 100%
2.23 99%
2.156 102%
2.32 95%
2.22 99%
CCT
6833 95%
6944 94%
7019 93%
6733 97%
6623 98%
7272 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
99.3

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The black level of only 0.38 cd/m² is not particularly high and, in combination with the good luminosity, provides a crisp contrast. We couldn't detect any halos in our test device.

The color display without the True-Tone function has been improved a little compared to the 2019 model, as our analysis with CalMAN clearly shows. Only the big sister model iPad Pro 11 is even better in this area.

Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 23.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 74 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the iPad Air 4 does quite well. In addition to the good brightness values, this is mainly due to the low reflectance of only 1.8%, which is achieved by a special coating. In most lighting situations, there should therefore be no problem in being able to see anything on the display. Only direct sunlight is too much of a good thing for the iPad.

The Apple iPad Air (2020) outdoors on a clear autumn day

The viewing-angle stability of the IPS display in the iPad Air is very good. Only at very flat viewing angles is a slight drop in brightness and a significantly warmer display noticeable. However, there are no ghosting or glow effects.

Viewing-angle stability of the Apple iPad Air 4
Viewing-angle stability of the Apple iPad Air 4

Performance - Modern Apple A14 in the iPad

AnTuTu memory test

The Apple iPad Air (2020) was the Californian firm's first product to be introduced with the new A14 Bionic. The SoC is the first of its kind to be manufactured with a 5 nm structure width and promises high efficiency. The processor operates with two performance cores and four power-saving cores. Unfortunately, Apple does not give exact details about the clock frequencies; according to the specifications in Geekbench, up to 2.99 GHz is possible.

In the same benchmark, the iPad Air shows a decent improvement in CPU performance, but this is not reflected in the 3DMark test in the physics calculations. In this respect even the 2019 model is faster. In terms of GPU performance, the iPad Air 4 clearly sets the tone but has to take a back seat in the on-screen values, although it remains at a high level.

The memory speed has been greatly increased compared to the iPad 8. Here the AnTuTu benchmark certifies the Air tablet with very high speeds, and only when writing small data blocks it could be a bit faster. In everyday use, the Apple tablet is extremely fast and works very smoothly.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
Metal Score 5.1
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
9984 Points ∼98%
Average of class Tablet (9361 - 10011, n=3)
9785 Points ∼96%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
6326 Points ∼62%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
4707 Points ∼28% +9%
Apple iPad Air 2020
4334 Points ∼26%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (3476 - 4334, n=4)
3971 Points ∼24% -8%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
3531 Points ∼21% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
3201 Points ∼19% -26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
2893 Points ∼17% -33%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
2772 Points ∼16% -36%
Average of class Tablet (498 - 4712, n=24)
1995 Points ∼12% -54%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Air 2020
1593 Points ∼91%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (1326 - 1604, n=4)
1527 Points ∼88% -4%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
1342 Points ∼77% -16%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
1127 Points ∼65% -29%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
1116 Points ∼64% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
963 Points ∼55% -40%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
759 Points ∼43% -52%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 1593, n=24)
606 Points ∼35% -62%
3DMark
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Air 2020
8955 Points ∼9%
Average of class Tablet
8955 Points ∼9% 0%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (7100 - 8955, n=3)
8242 Points ∼8% -8%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
7800 Points ∼8% -13%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Air 2020
6632 Points ∼8%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (6068 - 6632, n=3)
6442 Points ∼7% -3%
Average of class Tablet (371 - 6632, n=2)
3502 Points ∼4% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼60% +81%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4298 Points ∼54% +63%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3347 Points ∼42% +27%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3082 Points ∼39% +17%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
3018 Points ∼38% +15%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (2631 - 3187, n=4)
2892 Points ∼36% +10%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2631 Points ∼33%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 4756, n=63)
1969 Points ∼25% -25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2020
12112 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (9833 - 12112, n=4)
11029 Points ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9893 Points ∼81% -18%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
8374 Points ∼69% -31%
Apple iPad Air 2019
6484 Points ∼53% -46%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
6175 Points ∼51% -49%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼36% -64%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 12112, n=63)
2166 Points ∼18% -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
7701 Points ∼80% +14%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (6119 - 7294, n=4)
6761 Points ∼70% +1%
Apple iPad Air 2020
6727 Points ∼70%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
6006 Points ∼62% -11%
Apple iPad Air 2019
5367 Points ∼56% -20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
5049 Points ∼52% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼46% -34%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 7701, n=63)
1856 Points ∼19% -72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼82% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4319 Points ∼75% +47%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
3877 Points ∼67% +32%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3493 Points ∼61% +19%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2931 Points ∼51%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (2622 - 3084, n=4)
2923 Points ∼51% 0%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4702, n=69)
1848 Points ∼32% -37%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2020
23094 Points ∼80%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (20511 - 23094, n=4)
21781 Points ∼76% -6%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
20154 Points ∼70% -13%
Apple iPad Air 2019
15399 Points ∼54% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
13779 Points ∼48% -40%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼15% -81%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=69)
3454 Points ∼12% -85%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
10427 Points ∼78% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9283 Points ∼69% +2%
Apple iPad Air 2020
9134 Points ∼68%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (8333 - 9173, n=4)
8934 Points ∼66% -2%
Apple iPad Air 2019
8763 Points ∼65% -4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼33% -51%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=69)
2332 Points ∼17% -74%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4201 Points ∼79% +33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4096 Points ∼77% +30%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3312 Points ∼62% +5%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
3218 Points ∼61% +2%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3189 Points ∼60% +1%
Apple iPad Air 2020
3161 Points ∼59%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (2975 - 3161, n=3)
3063 Points ∼58% -3%
Average of class Tablet (729 - 4201, n=79)
1858 Points ∼35% -41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2020
9612 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8894 Points ∼77% -7%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (6917 - 9612, n=3)
7937 Points ∼69% -17%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
5761 Points ∼50% -40%
Apple iPad Air 2019
5760 Points ∼50% -40%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
5053 Points ∼44% -47%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4425 Points ∼38% -54%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 9612, n=79)
1698 Points ∼15% -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
7098 Points ∼35% +7%
Apple iPad Air 2020
6614 Points ∼33%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (5344 - 6614, n=3)
5842 Points ∼29% -12%
Apple iPad Air 2019
4949 Points ∼24% -25%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
4901 Points ∼24% -26%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
4472 Points ∼22% -32%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4334 Points ∼21% -34%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 7098, n=81)
1540 Points ∼8% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4482 Points ∼85% +49%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4056 Points ∼77% +35%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3180 Points ∼60% +6%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (3008 - 3153, n=2)
3081 Points ∼58% +2%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3040 Points ∼57% +1%
Apple iPad Air 2020
3008 Points ∼57%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 4482, n=82)
1741 Points ∼33% -42%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
14283 Points ∼86% +7%
Apple iPad Air 2020
13334 Points ∼80%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (10963 - 13334, n=2)
12149 Points ∼73% -9%
Apple iPad Air 2019
10647 Points ∼64% -20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
10023 Points ∼60% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4256 Points ∼26% -68%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 14283, n=82)
2418 Points ∼15% -82%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9238 Points ∼82% +22%
Apple iPad Air 2020
7564 Points ∼67%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (7072 - 7564, n=2)
7318 Points ∼65% -3%
Apple iPad Air 2019
6997 Points ∼62% -7%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
6636 Points ∼59% -12%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4215 Points ∼37% -44%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 9238, n=83)
1907 Points ∼17% -75%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Air 2020
325 fps ∼3%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (314 - 325, n=4)
319 fps ∼3% -2%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
309 fps ∼2% -5%
Apple iPad Air 2019
261 fps ∼2% -20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
239 fps ∼2% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
225 fps ∼2% -31%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼1% -58%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=198)
38.6 fps ∼0% -88%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
119 fps ∼4% +198%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
60 fps ∼2% +50%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼2% +50%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
60 fps ∼2% +50%
Apple iPad Air 2019
59.9 fps ∼2% +50%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (40 - 60, n=4)
54.8 fps ∼2% +37%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=202)
24 fps ∼1% -40%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple iPad Air 2020
179 fps ∼20%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (170 - 180, n=4)
176 fps ∼19% -2%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
168 fps ∼18% -6%
Apple iPad Air 2019
139 fps ∼15% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
134 fps ∼15% -25%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
131 fps ∼14% -27%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼7% -64%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=132)
26.5 fps ∼3% -85%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
82 fps ∼22% +58%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
60 fps ∼16% +15%
Apple iPad Air 2019
58.5 fps ∼16% +13%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
58 fps ∼16% +12%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (52 - 60, n=4)
57.9 fps ∼16% +11%
Apple iPad Air 2020
52 fps ∼14%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼12% -15%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=138)
17.8 fps ∼5% -66%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2020
136.8 fps ∼3%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (106 - 137, n=4)
117 fps ∼2% -14%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
112 fps ∼2% -18%
Apple iPad Air 2019
96 fps ∼2% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
93 fps ∼2% -32%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
85.82 fps ∼2% -37%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼1% -70%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=84)
23.9 fps ∼1% -83%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
60 fps ∼2% +32%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (45.4 - 59.6, n=4)
54.3 fps ∼2% +20%
Apple iPad Air 2019
51.2 fps ∼1% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
51 fps ∼1% +12%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
49.51 fps ∼1% +9%
Apple iPad Air 2020
45.4 fps ∼1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼1% -25%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=84)
15.4 fps ∼0% -66%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
45 fps ∼29% +26%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (35.6 - 47.5, n=4)
42.5 fps ∼27% +19%
Apple iPad Air 2020
35.6 fps ∼23%
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.4 fps ∼17% -26%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
25.34 fps ∼16% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
21 fps ∼13% -41%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼8% -63%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=34)
10.9 fps ∼7% -69%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2020
32.9 fps ∼14%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (30 - 32.9, n=4)
31.1 fps ∼13% -5%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
29 fps ∼12% -12%
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.3 fps ∼11% -20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
23.09 fps ∼10% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
22 fps ∼9% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼7% -48%
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 51.1, n=34)
10.4 fps ∼4% -68%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
57 fps ∼28% +41%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (40.5 - 58.6, n=4)
52.6 fps ∼26% +30%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40.5 fps ∼20%
Apple iPad Air 2019
40.4 fps ∼20% 0%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
37.01 fps ∼18% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
33 fps ∼16% -19%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼8% -58%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=34)
16 fps ∼8% -60%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2020
105.6 fps ∼18%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (84.1 - 106, n=4)
89.9 fps ∼15% -15%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
74 fps ∼13% -30%
Apple iPad Air 2019
70.5 fps ∼12% -33%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
62.4 fps ∼11% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
58 fps ∼10% -45%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼7% -61%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 134, n=34)
28.4 fps ∼5% -73%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2020
87.2 fps ∼20%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (68.5 - 87.2, n=4)
76.4 fps ∼18% -12%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
63 fps ∼14% -28%
Apple iPad Air 2019
62.8 fps ∼14% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
57 fps ∼13% -35%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
51.34 fps ∼12% -41%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼9% -56%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=60)
17.3 fps ∼4% -80%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
49 fps ∼18% +23%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (40 - 51.8, n=4)
46.6 fps ∼18% +17%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40 fps ∼15%
Apple iPad Air 2019
35.8 fps ∼13% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
32 fps ∼12% -20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
31.72 fps ∼12% -21%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼8% -47%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=60)
10.7 fps ∼4% -73%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
712218 Points ∼95% +10%
Apple iPad Air 2020
647374 Points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
584052 Points ∼78% -10%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (510245 - 647374, n=4)
569996 Points ∼76% -12%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
534558 Points ∼71% -17%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
411764 Points ∼55% -36%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
409039 Points ∼54% -37%
Average of class Tablet (78450 - 751846, n=18)
333737 Points ∼44% -48%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Apple iPad Air 2019
1734 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
1409 Points ∼69%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
1032 Points ∼51%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=124)
775 Points ∼38%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
15614 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
12048 Points ∼42%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8775 Points ∼30%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=125)
2435 Points ∼8%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Memory
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
6751 Points ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
6501 Points ∼73%
Apple iPad Air 2019
2095 Points ∼24%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 6751, n=125)
1320 Points ∼15%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
System
Apple iPad Air 2019
12591 Points ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8994 Points ∼55%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8215 Points ∼50%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=125)
2730 Points ∼17%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
5592 Points ∼66%
Apple iPad Air 2019
5169 Points ∼61%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4738 Points ∼56%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=124)
1434 Points ∼17%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Air 2020 Apple A14 Bionic, Apple A14 Bionic GPU, 256 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 2019 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Apple A13 Bionic, Apple A13 Bionic GPU, 256 GB NVMe

Surfing the web is fast and easy with the iPad Air 4, and it dominates the competition in all disciplines in the benchmarks.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
166.551 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (158 - 167, n=4)
161 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
124.503 Points ∼75% -25%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
123.809 Points ∼74% -26%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
109.573 Points ∼66% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
71.821 Points ∼43% -57%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 167, n=21)
65.3 Points ∼39% -61%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼33% -67%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
375.89 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (305 - 376, n=4)
350 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
274.4 Points ∼73% -27%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
266.77 Points ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
126.98 Points ∼34% -66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
101.24 Points ∼27% -73%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 376, n=110)
63.7 Points ∼17% -83%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
195 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (191 - 195, n=4)
193 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
166 Points ∼85% -15%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
156 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
141 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
116 Points ∼59% -41%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼50% -50%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 195, n=45)
76.9 Points ∼39% -61%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
198 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (188 - 198, n=4)
194 runs/min ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
139 runs/min ∼70% -30%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chome 80)
125 runs/min ∼63% -37%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
123 runs/min ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
70.9 runs/min ∼36% -64%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼32% -68%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 198, n=30)
58.9 runs/min ∼30% -70%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
58568 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (55710 - 58632, n=4)
57850 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
42372 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
41770 Points ∼71% -29%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
41443 Points ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
26495 Points ∼45% -55%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼34% -66%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 58568, n=195)
8073 Points ∼14% -86%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (464 - 43092, n=207)
8762 ms * ∼100% -1788%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼27% -405%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
1900.3 ms * ∼22% -309%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
652.5 ms * ∼7% -41%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
646.4 ms * ∼7% -39%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
643.5 ms * ∼7% -39%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
464.2 ms * ∼5%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (460 - 467, n=4)
463 ms * ∼5% -0%

* ... smaller is better

Games - Unlimited fun

The Apple A14 Bionic has plenty of graphics power, which is why users of an iPad Air 4 do not need to worry about performance bottlenecks, even though the display resolution is comparatively high.

Unfortunately, GameBench does not yet support iPadOS 14.2 at the time of testing, but we will make up the game tests as soon as possible. Subjectively, there is nothing to complain about, and the iPad Air delivers smooth performance even in demanding games. However, with Call of Duty Mobile it was not possible to select the highest detail level when the highest frame rate was set.

The tablet is quite large for playing games and much heavier than a smartphone. But if that doesn't bother you, or if you prefer titles where the tablet is on your lap or table anyway, then you'll get a powerful device, which especially pleases with a powerful sound.

PUBG Mobile
Call of Duty Mobile

Emissions - Good stereo speakers in the iPad

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Apple iPad Air 4 always remain within a moderate range and never become excessively warm at any point.

The SoC is also very stable under load and there is no throttling. The tablet easily passed both the GFXBench Manhattan and the 3DMark Wild Life stress tests.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
GFXBench battery test (T-Rex)
GFXBench battery test (T-Rex)
GFXBench battery test (Manhattan)
GFXBench battery test (Manhattan)
Max. Load
 33.2 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
29.2 °C
85 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
33.3 °C
92 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
30 °C
86 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.1 °C
86 F
29.9 °C
86 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30.5 °C
87 F
29.9 °C
86 F
29.9 °C
86 F
Maximum: 30.5 °C = 87 F
Average: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.1 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.4 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34.6 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Apple has upgraded the speakers. Two of them are hidden behind the four loudspeaker grilles. But if one of them is covered, the sound can still be heard through the additional opening. The loudspeakers can get very loud and show a very balanced sound image, in which even the upper bass range is still well perceptible.

Those who prefer to use headphones can do so either wirelessly via Bluetooth or corded via the USB-C port. There is no jack plug connection. In order to be able to use appropriate headphones, an adapter must be purchased.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.5402534.927.63124.624.74024.727.15030.938.96323.626.98017.723.210016.538.412514.147.216012.659.120012.75925012.158.431512.462.540013.561.650012.165.663012.268.180011.670.8100010.970.2125012.172.116001275.1200012.373.8250012.678315012.578.9400012.876.6500013.172.4630013.769.1800013.768.31000013.564.91250014.368.31600014.763SPL24.886.3N0.664.2median 12.6median 68.3Delta0.86.135.741.129.939.324.14321.244.933.143.125.643.918.746.921.548.614.750.618.158.815.160.114.961.513.661.811.264.111.766.31268.312.369.911.473.812.276.812.180.311.882.112.48012.874.612.879.213.48413.687.613.384.413.378.714.174.114.371.824.993.10.694.4median 13.3median 73.81.29hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad Air 2020Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad Air 2020 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad 10.2 2020 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.6% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power management - iPad with good battery life

Energy consumption

The power consumption has been slightly improved for everything under load and the Apple iPad Air is more efficient even with minimal panel light at idle. The higher power consumption at maximum display brightness will be due to the slightly larger screen.

Finally, a sufficiently powerful power supply (20 watts) is included in the scope of delivery, which fully recharges the iPad within two-and-a-half hours, 75% of the charge level is even reached within 87 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.3 / 7.89 / 7.91 Watt
Load midlight 9.28 / 10.78 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPad Air 2020
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
8827 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Power Consumption
-2%
-5%
-6%
19%
13%
Idle Minimum *
1.3
2.18
-68%
2.12
-63%
1.3
-0%
1.16
11%
1.98
-52%
Idle Average *
7.89
6.4
19%
6.43
19%
3.5
56%
4.42
44%
5.66
28%
Idle Maximum *
7.91
6.43
19%
6.69
15%
5.6
29%
4.43
44%
5.69
28%
Load Average *
9.28
7.48
19%
8.17
12%
12.5
-35%
8.86
5%
6.96
25%
Load Maximum *
10.78
10.65
1%
11.84
-10%
19.2
-78%
11.6
-8%
6.98
35%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The battery turns out to be slightly smaller than the predecessor, which is reflected in the tests with adjusted display brightness (150 cd/m²). The improved efficiency is particularly noticeable in the Reader's Test, in which the iPad Air 2020 achieves a huge increase in runtime, and it also lasts noticeably longer under load.

All in all, the Apple tablet has a good battery performance, but it is noticeably inferior to the Android competition and the iPad Pro 11 when it comes to WLAN surfing and video playback.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 59min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Safari Mobile 14)
11h 42min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 28min
Apple iPad Air 2020
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
8827 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Battery Runtime
-16%
5%
4%
0%
4%
Reader / Idle
2039
1501
-26%
2241
10%
2001
-2%
1963
-4%
1877
-8%
H.264
671
684
2%
934
39%
936
39%
885
32%
909
35%
WiFi v1.3
702
738
5%
782
11%
902
28%
811
16%
891
27%
Load
388
214
-45%
238
-39%
197
-49%
221
-43%
233
-40%

Pros

+ great design and processing
+ modern SoC
+ good battery life
+ good IPS display
+ versatile expandability
+ very good loudspeakers

Cons

- WLAN is a bit slow
- no 5G option
- sparse scope of delivery

Verdict - Comprehensive Air upgrade

In review: Apple iPad Air (2020). Test device provided by Apple Germany.
In review: Apple iPad Air (2020). Test device provided by Apple Germany.

In 2020, the iPad Air will continue to position itself between the iPad 8 and the iPad Pro 11, but it is now looking more to the Pro model. This is not only visible in the new design but also in the optional accessories such as Magic Keyboard and Pencil 2, which can be used with both products.

The 4th generation iPad Air is a comprehensive upgrade, which comes closer to the Pro models.

There are several innovations compared to the predecessor. In addition to the latest A14 processor, there are now 4 GB memory, a larger display, USB-C 3.2 and a slightly better main camera with 4K video on board. The Touch ID is now integrated in the power button, which does not affect the reliable functionality in any way.

The iPad Pro goes one better with more RAM, a more powerful SoC and the 120 Hz display, so the iPad Air is not intended to replace this at all, but Apple sets specific differentiations. Nevertheless, for many people the iPad Air 4 will not only be the cheaper product but also the more sensible one. It offers more than enough power for all areas and is even perfectly suited for image and video-editing.

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Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
71 / 80 → 89%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
54 / 70 → 78%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
91%
Games Performance
65 / 78 → 83%
Application Performance
93 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
84 / 91 → 92%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
82%
91%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Apple iPad Air 4 (2020) Review - The Air Tablet moves closer to the Pro model
Daniel Schmidt, 2020-11-18 (Update: 2020-11-18)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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