Those who tuned in to Apple’s Time Flies event on Tuesday would have learned an awful lot about the company’s new Apple Watches and iPads. One of the new iPads was a redesigned fourth-generation iPad Air that borrows substantial amounts of design inspiration from the modern iPad Pro.

In this piece, we’ll outline the technical specifications for Apple’s new iPad Air to help you decide if it’s the right purchase for you.

New iPad Air technical specifications

Finish options

Aluminum body in the following color choices:

  • Silver
  • Space gray
  • Rose gold
  • Green
  • Sky blue

Size and weight

Wi-Fi-only models

  • Length: 9.74 inches (247.6 mm)
  • Width: 7 inches (178.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.24 inch (6.1 mm)
  • Weight: 1.0 pound (458 grams)

Wi-Fi and cellular models

  • Length: 9.74 inches (247.6 mm)
  • Width: 7 inches (178.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.24 inch (6.1 mm)
  • Weight: 1.01 pounds (460 grams)

Storage capacity

  • 64GB or 256GB

Buttons, connectors, and more

  • Top button/Touch ID sensor
  • Volume up button
  • Volume down button
  • USB-C connector
  • Nano SIM card tray (Wi-Fi and cellular model only)
  • Magnetic connector
  • Smart connector
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Camera

Display

  • 10.9-inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2360-by-1640-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • True Tone display
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Antireflective coating
  • 1.8% reflectivity
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Chip

  • A14 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture
  • Neural Engine

Rear camera

  • 12MP Wide camera
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Smart HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Video recording

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats captured: HEVC and H.264

Front FaceTime HD camera

  • 7MP photos
  • ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Smart HDR
  • Retina Flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode

Video and audio calling

  • FaceTime video
  • FaceTime audio
  • iPad to any FaceTime‑enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

Cellular and wireless

All models

  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0 technology

Wi-Fi and cellular models

  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Gigabit-class LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71)
  • Data only
  • Wi-Fi calling
  • eSIM

Location

All models

  • Digital compass
  • Wi‑Fi
  • iBeacon microlocation

Wi-Fi and cellular models

  • Built‑in GPS/GNSS
  • Cellular

Sensors

  • Touch ID
  • Three‐axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Power and battery

All models

  • Built‐in 28.6‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi or watching video
  • Charging via power adapter or USB‑C to computer system

Wi-Fi and cellular models

  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

In the box

  • iPad Air
  • USB‑C Charge Cable (1 meter)
  • 20W USB‑C Power Adapter

Operating system

Conclusion

If the form factor of the modern iPad Pro has long tickled your fancy, but the price always kept you far away, when the new 2020 iPad Air with its generous processing power with a smaller price tag is a great compromise. Although smaller than the iPad Pro by a significant bit, and trading Face ID for a new top button-integrated Touch ID sensor, the form factor should feel largely the same.

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