On the cheap end, Apple has a new base-model iPad. Not much has changed on this eighth-generation iPad. It’s the same tablet you’ve come to expect, just with a performance bump. It’s available Friday for the same standard iPad price: $329, or $299 for customers in the education market.
Apple has reserved its most exciting design changes for the new iPad Air. The company has squeezed a larger 10.9-inch display into the same footprint, giving the new Air a more dense 2,360 x 1,640-pixel resolution. Touch ID is now integrated into the top sleep/wake button, which has a sapphire crystal on the top so it can see your fingerprint. The device charges with USB-C—a welcome change, since you can now use the same cable to charge your MacBook and your iPad Aid. Even more important is the new chip inside, Apple’s own A14 Bionic. It’s a six-core design that’s more energy efficient and gives a boost in performance. It’s also the first chip to be built on a 5-nanometer process that is set to become the new standard in the computer industry over the next year. The new iPad Air starts at $599 and goes on sale next month.
Software Updates Tomorrow
When you wake up Wednesday morning, you’ll see some notification badges on your Apple devices. The big update is iOS 14, which will be rolling out to iPhones tomorrow. You can read about all the new features coming to the iPhone in our breakdown of iOS 14. The iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV will also get software updates on Wednesday.
No New Headphones
We were expecting some personal audio gadgets, like a new set of over-ear headphones and possibly a new HomePod speaker. But they didn’t make their way into today’s event, which was unusually short at just over an hour. However, Apple will most likely be holding another hardware announcement even in October, which is when we expect to see the next iPhone revealed. Any additional products, especially ones that sync to the iPhone, could debut then. So stay tuned.
Updated on September 16: We corrected Apple One iCloud storage options. The base plan nets you 50 GB not 200 GB. You get 200-gigabytes on the Family plan. We regret the error.
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