New iPad 8 and iPad Air: price, release date

Yolanda Curtis
September 16, 2020

The new software update includes plenty of upgrades for Apple Pencil (side note: the second-gen Pencil with its magnetic side is compatible with the new Air), new widgets for the home screen, tweaks to how apps are laid out, a new universal search field, and various UI changes.

The new iPad Air falls between the iPad Pro and iPad Air in price and size.

. We found that the previous seventh generation could handle a lot, and we expect the eighth gen to be even zippier. That $329 price keeps the 32GB storage, and it's up for order September 15, with deliveries starting on September 18. And oh boy, it's coming in some fun colors along with a almost edge-to-edge display. And yes, this is the chip that's normally saved for new iPhones, but those aren't here just yet.

Apple announced that the new iPad Air will have USB-C, joining the iPad Pro as the only Apple products that don't use Lightning.


The new A-series chip features an industry-first 5 nanometer process, allowing for a almost 40% increase in chip transistors. Pretty mind-blowing stuff. There are 11.8 billion transistors inside the A14 Bionic. Apple launched Face ID in 2017 as a means to unlock your smartphone, and while Face ID caught traction with many users across the industry, the biometric encryption has been complicated by mask-wearing protocols during the pandemic.

The 10.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone is being stretched to the edges with super-slim bezels. The iPad 8th-generation comes with the A12 chip, and the new iPad Air that looks like an iPad Pro and has Touch ID in the power button.

One of the highlight's of the event was the new iPad Air, which was significantly updated and now resembles the iPad Pro. If you bought the iPad Pro yesterday, you have our deepest sympathies. Those cameras should deliver clear and vibrant photos and videos. You can get a bit more creative with color options. Armed with Apple's latest A14 bionic - the first device to get that chip - a camera setup that is Apple's best so far and a display as gorgeous as any, the new iPad Air has rendered iPad Pro from 2019 completely rudderless.

It comes in five colours: silver, space grey, rose gold, green, and sky blue.

. Audio on the iPad Air will be powered by a landscape stereo mode.

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