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The iPad Air (4th generation), informally referred to as iPad Air 4, is a
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designed, developed, and marketed by
Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinational force, a military body from multiple countries * Multinational state, ...
It was announced by Apple on September 15, 2020. Pre-orders began on October 16, 2020, and shipping began a week later on October 23, 2020. The device closely resembles the design of the 11-inch
iPad Pro (3rd generation) The third generation of iPad Pro is a line of Tablet computer, tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Apple Inc. Two models, with a 12.9 inch or 11 inch screen, were both announced on October 30, 2018, and wer ...
and has several features that were previously exclusive to the iPad Pro line, such as support for Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil. It is available in five colors: Space Gray, Silver, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue. With an introductory price of $599 (USD) for the Wi-Fi configured model and $729 (USD) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular configuration, Apple's fourth-generation iPad Air has drawn criticism for being more expensive than its predecessor. In general, though, the iPad Air 4 has been widely praised by consumers and tech reviewers alike, with Henry T. Casey of Tom's Guide saying it is "the best tablet for most people" and "one of the best iPads ever," and with James Peckham of TechRadar calling it "a phenomenally well-made tablet." PCMag.com included the iPad Air (4th generation) in its Best Tech Products of the Year list in 2020 and awarded it their Editors' Choice for high-end tablets.


Features


Hardware

There are 11.9 billion transistors inside of the Apple A14 Bionic SoC, which allows for higher efficiency in terms of both power and performance. The chip has a 6-core CPU that is 40 percent faster than its predecessor, a 4-core GPU that is 30 percent faster, and Apple's 16-core Neural Engine, which is twice as fast and features improved machine learning. The Neural Engine can process more than 11 trillion operations per second. It has a wider 60Hz 10.9-inch 2360 by 1640 Liquid
Retina Display
Retina Display
display with 3.8 million pixels. The display is laminated and has an anti-reflective coating, as well as featuring wide color and True Tone. The Home Button is removed; the
Touch ID Touch ID is an electronic fingerprint recognition feature designed and released by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multip ...
sensor has been relocated to the Sleep/Wake button attached on the top right edge of the device. Landscape stereo audio effect is also added to the system's audio recording system.


Connectivity

With the release of its fourth-generation iPad Air, Apple discontinued the proprietary Lightning port in favor of a universal
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USB-C
port that is used for charging as well as connecting external devices and accessories. The port is capable of transferring up to 5 
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(625 
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), allowing for fast connections to cameras and external storage, as well as support for monitors with up to 4K resolution. For wireless connection, the device comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax).


Accessories

It is compatible with the second generation of
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Apple Pencil
,
Magic Keyboard for iPad The Magic Keyboard for iPad is a computer keyboard The technology of computer keyboards includes many elements. Among the more important of these is the switch technology that they use. Computer alphanumeric keyboards typically have 80 to 110 ...
, and
Smart Keyboard Folio The Smart Keyboard Folio is a hardware keyboard and cover designed by Apple Inc., Apple for iPad Pro for iPad Pro (3rd generation), 3rd generation and later. __TOC__ Description Introduced in November 2018, the Smart Keyboard Folio superseded ...
.


Reception

During the
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COVID-19 pandemic
, Apple was praised for keeping
Touch ID Touch ID is an electronic fingerprint recognition feature designed and released by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multip ...
integrated into the power button instead of
Face ID Face ID is a facial recognition system designed and developed by Apple Inc. for the iPhone and iPad Pro. The system allows Biometrics, biometric authentication for unlocking a device, making Apple Pay, payments, accessing sensitive data, providing ...
, as Face ID is unable to work when a user is wearing a face covering because they cover half of the face.


Timeline of iPad models


References

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