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The new iPad Air debuted in 2020 with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with P3 wide color, True Tone, and a laminate coating. Touch ID is located in the power button.

The iPad Air is “the default iPad” – the one you should buy if you’re not sure which model you need. When compared to all other iPads, this one has the Pro’s power while costing much less and keeping Touch ID.


iPad Air colors

The iPad Air was first introduced in 2013. With a 9.7-inch display, it was really thin and light, weighing only 469 grams – over 25% lighter than its respective predecessor, the iPad 4.

When the iPad Air 2 was announced, a year later in 2014, Apple could deliver a thinner and faster tablet than its predecessor, weighing only 437 grams. The second-generation iPad was sold until March of 2017. Although it was a great tablet, Apple was focusing on the regular model and the Pro one by the time.

Surprisingly in 2019, the company introduced the third-generation iPad Air, this time with a 10.5-inch Retina display, support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, and an upgraded Apple A12 Bionic chip.

With the fourth-generation iPad Air being introduced in October of 2020, Apple finally gave this iPad a fresh look, with a bezel-less design, five color option, while being the first product with the A14 chip and integrating the Touch ID sensor on the Side Button. This iPad generation also lacks the headphone jack and supports the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard, previously exclusives to the iPad Pro line.

iPad Air Specs

The fourth-generation iPad Air has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, with a bezel-less design. This iPad comes in five different colors: Space Grey, Silver, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue. With the A14 Bionic chip, this was the first Apple product to introduce an A-series processor before the iPhone. The A14 chip on this iPad is 40% faster than the chip in its predecessor.

For the first time, Apple moved the Touch ID from the Home Button to the Side Button. With that change, the Air looks like the iPad Pro, although it doesn’t have the ProMotion display and no camera flash as well.

Talking about the camera, it has a 12MP sensor, with  ƒ/1.8 aperture, Smart HDR support, 1080p 30fps video recording, video stabilization, and more. The front camera has a 7MP sensor with  ƒ/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording feature.

This iPad comes with 64GB or 256GB storage options and Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. The fourth-generation iPad Air also has support for the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard.

iPadOS 14.5 features

Apple releases iPadOS 14 for iPad

The fourth-generation iPad Air comes with iPadOS 14, which has redesigned widgets for the Home Screen, a new enhanced sidebar, compact calls function and Scribble. With this function, you don’t have to put Apple Pencil away to do other things. You can write by hand in any text field across iPadOS, and your words automatically convert to text.

Messages received pinned conversations, group photos, and inline replies. It’s possible to mention people in iMessage now and give your Memoji a more personalized look.

As for now, iPad Air runs iPadOS 14.5. Here are some of the most important updates in this version:

  • App Tracking Transparency: iPadOS 14.5 includes the new App Tracking Transparency feature. This requires that applications ask permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. For example, when you open the Facebook app, you’ll see a prompt that says the app would like to track you across other apps and services. There will be two options from which to choose: “Ask App Not to Track” or “Allow.”
  • Siri: There is a new Siri intelligence feature that helps the virtual assistant adapt to your preferring music application. Apple also added two additional Siri voice options from which to choose. The company has said that these changes are part of its ongoing commitment to diversity.
  • Emoji: iPadOS 14.5 adds over 200 new emojis.
  • Podcasts: Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening to a podcast. Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your library for quick access. Top Charts and popular categories in Search help discover new shows.
  • Horizontal boot screen on the iPad
  • Updates to the Music app, including swipe gestures, a lyrics sharing feature, and more.

Apple is currently testing iPadOS 14.6 beta 1.


iPad Air (2020) pricing starts at $599 for the 64GB storage option with Wi-Fi only. The prices can go up to $879 with the 256GB storage option and Wi-Fi + Cellular. Here are the full prices of the fourth-generation AIr Apple sells:

  • 64GB with Wi-Fi: $599
  • 64GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $729
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi: $749
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $879

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

iPad Air Review

In our video review of the fourth-generation iPad Air, we described it as the “default iPad to buy:”

Overall the iPad Air is a great tablet on its own. I still think anyone looking to get a new iPad for school and productivity would probably be better off with an iPad Pro, especially if you’re going to get the pencil and the keyboard. An Air 4 with a keyboard and pencil is about $200 less than what it would be for a Pro with the keyboard and pencil. And so you must decide whether the extra features you get with the iPad Pro are worth the extra $200. If not, then the Air 4 is a great steal.


Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the iPad Air and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

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Should you buy the iPad Air or the 11-inch iPad Pro?

The 2020 iPad Air is a compelling tablet and will be the top pick for a lot of users. However, while it matches and even surpasses the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro in a variety of aspects, the latter still holds the upper hand when it comes to certain use cases. Let’s look at some important factors to help you decide if you should buy iPad Air or the 11-inch iPad Pro.

Update 4/20: Apple has officially announced the 2021 iPad Pro.

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[Update: Now available] Kensington unveils StudioDock hub meets stand for iPad Air/Pro with tons of I/O

Kensington StudioDock iPad Air iPad Pro stand hub

At CES this week, Kensington has unveiled what looks like one of the most compelling Apple accessories we’ve seen so far – the StudioDock for iPad Air and iPad Pro. The product aims to bring together a whole lot of functionality with the aesthetic from Apple’s Pro Display XDR stand.

Update 2/3: Pre-orders now open.

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ZUGU Alpha Case: Hands-on with Amazon’s highest rated iPad Air 4 case

If you’re looking to add a new iPad Air to your household this Christmas, you should take a look at Amazon’s highest rated case made by ZUGU called the Alpha case. This company focuses all its energy on one thing, iPad Cases. It strikes the right balance between durability, lack of bulk, aesthetics and maximizing the iPad’s full usability potential. Let’s take a look:

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Pick up an iPad Air? Here’s how to get the most out of iPadOS 14 and Apple Pencil

How to get the most out of your iPad Air, Apple Pencil, and iPadOS 14

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Whether you’ve recently picked up the 2020 iPad Air or will be getting one soon, there are a number of great new capabilities and features to enhance your experience between the new hardware, iPadOS 14, and Apple Pencil. And even if you’re keeping your existing iPad, follow along for how to get the most out of iPadOS 14 and Apple Pencil.

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Waiting to buy the all-new iPad Air? Preorders are now open

iPad Air deals

If you’ve been waiting impatiently to buy the new iPad Air, preorders for the 4th-gen device are now open, alongside those for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. You can place your order today, and receive your iPad a week later, on October 23. Apple first announced the new model a month ago.

The 4th-gen iPad Air is probably the model most people should be buying …

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Should you buy the new iPad Air? Here’s how the iPad lineup compares

2020 iPad Air comparison vs iPad Pro

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Apple announced the new iPad Air at its September event alongside Apple Watch Series 6. It’s set to arrive in October and comes with a new all-screen design like the iPad Pro and ditches the home button. And with a more affordable price plus the latest super-fast A14 processor and more, the 2020 iPad Air looks like it will deliver a lot of bang for your buck. Follow along as we dive into a detailed 2020 iPad Air comparison with the 2020 iPad Pro, as well as the 2019 iPad Air.

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Ahead of Apple’s September 15 event, oft-reliable Twitter leaker @L0vetodream has shared a few cryptic hints at what we should expect to see. The leaker suggests that the Apple Watch Series 6 could be available in a new color and that the new products could be available to order from Apple’s website on the same day as the event.

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Bloomberg confirms redesigned iPad Air, two new Apple Watch models coming this fall

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