Announced during Apple’s annual September keynote event, the 2020 iPad Air sports a totally new look which brings it much closer to the pricier iPad Pro. That means users will be treated to a stunning 10.9-inch screen which bleeds to the edges of the aluminium frame. This design removes that chunky chin and forehead which, let’s be honest, was starting to look incredibly tired.
Apple is also releasing its refreshed iPad Air in a range of new colours including a striking green and blue option. But the changes aren’t only surface-level as the new iPad is powered by the latest and greatest A14 Bionic processor, which should make daily tasks around 40 percent than before.
An improved camera will help snap better shots and there’s a USB-C port for faster charging and connectivity with other gadgets, like DSLR cameras, without the need for any adapters or dongles.
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Finally, the Air gets the improved Apple Pencil which is not only more precise but sticks to the side of the tablet for an instant refill and it’s compatible with the clever Magic Keyboard which turns it into a mini laptop.
This is a mighty update to Air and although Apple has removed the older model from its website many UK retailers, such as Currys, are still selling the previous generation. At £479 the older Air is much cheaper than the new £579 asking price but the huge difference between the two makes spending the extra worth every penny.
The older iPad Air isn’t as fast and features a design which is now looking very outdated when compared to what Apple has just announced.
You also only get access to the older Apple Pencil and there are less colour options to choose from. In our opinion, it’s really not worth considering the older iPad Air and it’s worth hanging on a few weeks until Apple’s fully rebooted tablet hits stores. Or, at the very least, if you’re set on getting the previous iPad Air model – wait until a few weeks after the 2020 version is on stores shelves and buy the 2019 tablet at a discount, not at full price as most retailers are still selling it. That really is the worst of both worlds.