Apple unveils all-new iPad Air with A14 Bionic and eighth-generation iPad

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At today’s event, Apple unveiled two new iPad devices alongside its Apple Watch 6 Series and Watch SE. The eighth-generation iPad packs even more value into the most affordable iPad whereas the new iPad Air features a revamped design making it the most powerful iPad Air yet.

Eighth-generation iPad

Packing a 10.2-inch Retina display, the eighth-generation iPad features the A12 Bionic chip with 40 per-cent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capabilities. For the first time, the Neural Engine comes to the entry-level iPad for next-level machine learning capabilities, including motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) applications, Siri performance and enhanced photo editing.

iPad (eighth-generation) with Smart Keyboard.
For the first time, the Neural Engine comes to an entry-level iPad (via Apple)

Combined with iPadOS 14, you can take advantage of the new features and designs the software brings. Note taking is made easier and handwritten text via the Apple Pencil is easy to manage. With Scribble for instance, you can take advantage of on-device machine learning to convert handwritten text into typed text in real time.

New iPad Air

With a gorgeous all-screen design, the new iPad Air comes with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display in five finishes including green, blue and rose gold. The display includes full lamination and an anti-reflection coating for a better visual experience. In order to expand the display to all sides, a next-generation Touch ID sensor is integrated into the top button, allowing you to securely log in to applications or use Apple Pay. With its refined design, the new iPad Air still remains compatible with the Magic Keyboard, Apple Pencil and a host of other accessories.

iPad Air showing djay Pro AI.
The new A14 Bionic can perform up to 11 trillion operations per second (via Apple)

The biggest boost in performance on the iPad Air is thanks to its A14 Bionic chip. This is Apple’s most advanced chip, manufactured using a breakthrough 5-nanometer process technology. It features a new 6-core design for a 40 per-cent increase in CPU and a new 4-core graphics architecture to deliver a 30 per-cent boost to graphics. Furthermore, it also includes a new 16-core Neural Engine and second-generation machine learning accelerators for ten times faster machine learning calculations.

iPad Air showing Apple TV+’s “Greyhound.”
You can enjoy wide stereo sound on the new iPad Air (via Apple)

Other hardware improvements include the 7MP front-facing camera and the same 12MP rear camera used on the iPad Pro. You can also take advantage of the iPad Air’s stereo speakers among connectivity improvements such as Type-C USB, WiFi 6 and 60 per-cent faster LTE connectivity, of course in addition to the benefits of iPadOS 14, which is available starting September 16.

Pricing and availability

The new iPad (eighth-generation) is available to pre-order starting today in (WiFi) and (WiFi + Cellular) configurations for Dh1,349 and Dh1,879 respectively. It will be available starting September 18. The iPad Air (WiFi) will be available in October for a starting price of Dh2,499 whereas the iPad Air (WiFi + Cellular) will retail starting at Dh3,029.