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Apple showcases an overhaul of the iPad Air with a new design, A14 Bionic chipset and 20 W USB Type-C charging

The new iPad Air is the first device with an A14 Bionic chipset. (Image source: Apple)
The new iPad Air is the first device with an A14 Bionic chipset. (Image source: Apple)
The iPad Air has been given a much-needed refresh. The fourth-generation model now comes with an A14 Bionic chipset, a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, USB Type-C charging and Touch ID. The redesigned iPad Air starts at US$599 and rises to US$879 for the 256 GB model with LTE.
Alex Alderson,

Apple may not have announced the iPhone 12 series today, but it has unleashed the A14 Bionic chipset with the new iPad Air. The fourth-generation tablet has received an overhaul from the tablet that Apple released last year, which was the first iPad Air since the second-generation model that debuted in 2014.

The new iPad Air has been upgraded to a 10.9-inch screen that resolves at 2,360 x 1,640 pixels, which Apple is calling a Liquid Retina display. The fourth-generation tablet has much smaller bezels than its predecessor too, so Apple has moved the Touch ID to within the power button. Another change from previous iPad Airs is the switch to USB Type-C charging. Apple will include a 20 W USB Type-C charger in the box, which should give the iPad Air relatively speedy recharging times.

Apple has also upgraded the iPad Air to Wi-Fi 6 and claims to have equipped the tablet with a 60% faster LTE modem than the one it included in last year's iPad Air. The new iPad Air will also support the Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Folio covers.

Undoubtedly, the most significant change for the iPad Air is the inclusion of Apple's new A14 Bionic chipset. If you would like to find out more about the company's new 5 nm chipset, then head here.

The fourth-generation iPad Air starts at US$599 and will begin shipping from October in five colours. The base model comes with 64 GB of storage and Wi-Fi only. If you want LTE connectivity or 256 GB storage, then these are US$130 and US$150 surcharges, respectively.

The new iPad Air starts at US$599. (Image source: Apple)
The new iPad Air starts at US$599. (Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-09-15 (Update: 2020-09-17)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.