At yesterday’s event Apple introduced the new fourth generation iPad Air as well as the eighth generation iPad. Both devices receive important updates, so It’s a good time to see how the iPad family looks, including the iPad Pro that Apple introduced earlier this year.

An iPad Air closer to the Pro and an iPad that is still the entry model

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11 “iPad Pro (2020)

iPad Air (4th generation)

iPad (8th generation)

screen

11 ″ Liquid Retina display ProMotion Technology and True Tone.

10.9 ″ True Tone Liquid Retina display.

10.2 ″ Retina display

Processor

A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine

A14 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine

A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB

64GB or 256GB

32GB or 128GB

Keyboard and accessories

Compatible with Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio

Compatible with Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio

Compatible with the Smart Keyboard

Apple Pencil

2nd generation

2nd generation

1st generation

Rear camera

12MP wide angle and 10MP ultra wide angle

12MP wide angle

8MP wide angle

Frontal camera

7MP Camera Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji and Memoji

7MP camera

1.2MP camera

Speakers

Four speakers

Two speakers for optimized sound horizontally

Two speakers

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

Lightning

Connectivity

Wifi (802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax); 2.4 and 5 GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 1.2 Gb / s

Wifi (802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax); 2.4 and 5 GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 1.2 Gb / s

Wifi (802.11a / b / g / n / ac); 2.4 and 5 GHz; speeds up to 866 Mb / s

LiDAR

Yes

Not

Not

Dimensions

24.76 x 17.85 x 0.59 cm

24.76 x 17.85 x 0.61 cm

25.06 x 17.41 x 0.75 cm

Weight

471 g

458 g

490 g

Video

4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 f / s (wide angle) and 60 f / s (ultra wide angle)

4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps

Slow motion video

Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps (wide angle) and 240 fps (ultra wide angle)

Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps

Slow motion video in 720p at 120 fps

Price

From € 879

From € 649

From € 379

In view of these data it is clear that Apple has given more than a facelift to the iPad Air, which is now considered a great alternative to the iPad Pro. Obviously a certain sector of users, for example all those related to design, will surely continue to opt for the Pro model. The screen with Pro Motion technology, which raises the refresh rate up to 120Hz is something to take into account depending on which cases of use.

On the other hand the double camera, as well as the LiDAR sensor, really offer you another dimension to the Pro model in the field of photography and augmented reality. Advantages that, it is also true, not all users will value equally.

Finally, it is important to emphasize the inclusion of Face ID or Touch ID. The truth is that the identification through our face is very precise and fast, but there are certain cases in which the Touch ID is very practical. The iPad Air is left without frontal portrait mode or Memojis or Animojis and with the need to rest our finger on the reader To unlock it, quite a long way from the two taps on the space bar of the Magic Keyboard necessary to unlock our iPad Pro.

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In the end, choosing one or the other device will be a matter of personal preferences and budget, but one thing is clear, Apple has bet heavily on the iPad Air this year. From the arrival of the A14 Bionic processor to the complete redesign and compatibility of the second generation Apple Pencil. More than ever a good option to consider.

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