Apple has transformed the new iPad Air with new hardware and an improved display. The mid-range tablet has a revamped design with a high-resolution, edge-to-edge 10.9-inch retina display. With a new no-bezel design, Apple was forced to remove the Touch ID button from its traditional home at the bottom of the screen. Rumors suggested the company was looking into embedding Touch ID into the display, but the company is not ready to unveil that technology, at least not on this iPad. Apple instead embedded Touch ID technology into the top button. It’s one of the smallest Touch ID buttons Apple has built to date.
Another Apple innovation is the new A14 Bionic chipset, which makes its official debut in the iPad Air. The A14 is the company’s first 5nm process chipset, packing 11.8 billion transistors into this tiny die. It offers a 6-core CPU with a 40 percent performance increase and a new GPU with a 30% boost in performance than previous iPad Air models. Also bundled into the A14 is a faster neural engine and more powerful machine learning that enables mind-blowing graphics and smart interactions with the tablet. For those who eat, sleep, and drink multimedia on a budget, the new iPad Air is a dream.
The new iPad Air will retail for $599 and comes in five new colors, including sky blue and green. You can buy the iPad Air starting sometime in October.