Apple is announcing hardware updates for the entry-level iPad and iPad Air. The announcement was made during the Time Flies event on September 15, where the company also announced two new Apple Watch models.
The 8th generation iPad will use Apple’s A12 Bionic processor and retain support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard accessory, as well as for the Apple Pencil. The design of the eighth generation iPad hasn’t changed, it still features a home button with built-in Touch ID and a 10.2-inch screen. The updated iPad is available to order today and ships Friday. That day it will be available in stores. Apple has kept its price at € 389.
The revamped iPad Air features an all-new design, including a USB-C port, comes in five different colors and comes with a 10.9-inch screen. Apple will start taking orders next month, but has not given more information. It will be available from € 669.
The new design makes the iPad Air look like the iPad Pro, Apple’s premium tablet, and leaves the standard iPad as the only model that still uses the traditional iPad design.
Instead of a home button with Touch ID, and forgoing the addition of Face ID as the iPad Pro line uses, Apple has included a fingerprint sensor in the sleep / wake button on the top of the case. This is the first time we’ve seen Apple use this kind of technology, and we can’t help but wonder if we’ll see the same approach being used on future iPhone models, especially in a world where facial prints and facial identification does not work very well.
Inside the new iPad Air is Apple’s A14 Bionic processor, making it the first device to feature Apple’s latest processor, ahead of the iPhone 12, which is expected to be announced on next month.
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