While it is usually very difficult to miss the launch of a new Apple device, you could be forgiven for ignoring the iPad, which hits UK shelves in March 2020, earlier in the week until the lockdown.
That would be a shame, though, because the iPad Air 2020 (“Air” is Apple’s mid-range iPad, sandwiched between the Pro and Basic versions) was the biggest improvement in the line-up since the iPad’s 2018 update. Supporter.
It was the essential fresh Apple in a category that was starting to feel a bit stale. Since its release in 2010, the iPad has expanded the market for shiny new technology, attracting toddlers and pensioners alike. I’ve heard friend’s kids swipe their TV set, unable to figure out why it wouldn’t react to their dirty fingers, while my mom, an avid technophobe, has been an iPad user since 2014, While jumping on the bandwagon, she still has a Nokia 3310 in her handbag.
This resulted in a lot of sales, but it also gave the iPad an image problem – it didn’t look sexy anymore. Well, not unless you were willing to shell out four figures for the iPad Pro (the current Pro range costs between £750 and £2,149)…
The iPad Air 2020 recaptures the magic of its design cues from top-of-the-range iPhones, like the iPad Pro, with its angular corners and anodized finish.
It did so well that it asked the question why would you pay extra for the Pro version when the air is so good. The question just gets tougher, with the iPad Air 2022 now coming in a range of new colors including dusty pink, lilac (very on-trend), along with the top M1 chip and 5G mobile connectivity. apparently) and the blue color of my review unit.
Beyond those title updates, it’s an incremental improvement. It’s still the premium feel of an Apple product, with only a subtle but noticeable ‘give’ to aluminum back panel and little less than a faint rattle to the ‘power’ button. That power button once again doubles as a finger/thumb scanner, which in this world of face masks no longer feels like a downgrade to FaceID that you’ll find on the iPad Pro.
The front camera is now 12MP and comes with Center Stage, which will track you on the go during a video call, or adjust the frame if someone else joins the conversation.
The M1 chip means the iPad can comfortably handle intensive tasks including 3D design, video editing, and graphically intensive games, while multi-tasking and split-screening between apps is seamless.
You’ll find the same display on the same 10.9-inch screen as the previous generation, and it still comes with a USB-C charger (no more Lightning connector!) and works with the latest Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, both Snaps. Satisfactorily in place with strong magnets.
All improvements are welcome but it’s safe to say it’s business as usual, which is fine when business is so good. If you’ve boarded the iPad Air 2020 straight away you can sleep easy knowing that your tablet doesn’t need to be upgraded right now. If not, it will almost certainly represent a huge leap forward. With prices starting at £569, that’s hardly pocket change – and you’ll really want to upgrade the storage from 64GB to 256GB, which pushes the price up to at least £719 – but neither is it wildly Looks expensive.
Apple set a new benchmark with the iPad Air redesign, and the addition of the M1 chip means this latest iteration will be relevant for years to come. There’s never been a better time to get a new iPad.