Far Better Accessories
It’s not apparent unless you look into the details, but the two new iPads actually have drastically different accessory compatibilities. The iPad supports the Apple Pencil Generation 1, but won’t work with the Generation 2 Pencil. It can work with the traditional Smart Keyboard that Apple offers, but isn’t compatible with any of the newer Folios.
The iPad Air 4, however, is designed to work with the more advanced Generation 2 Pencil, and won’t work with the Generation 1. It can also work with the Smart Folio Keyboard, which includes a touchpad that’s specifically designed to work with the iPad’s interface as a cursor. This is a great addition if you want your iPad to potentially function as a laptop alternative.