The new iPad Air is a step up because it has the M1 chip which gives it a lot more power along with with 5G capability and a new ultra wide front camera with Centre Stage for more natural video conferencing.
Available in a new array of colours, the iPad Air has a USB-C port with up to 2x faster transfer speeds and it comes at an affordable starting price of A$929. The new iPad Air is available to order on Saturday 12th March and will be in stores on Friday 18th March.
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Greg Joswiak, said: “Whether it’s a college student taking elaborate notes, a content creator working on their latest project or a gamer playing graphics-intensive titles, users love iPad Air for its amazing performance and versatility in such a portable design.”
“With the breakthrough M1 chip, Ultra Wide front camera with Centre Stage and ultrafast 5G, iPad Air is now more powerful, more capable and simply more fun than ever,” he added.
M1 chip brings a leap in performance
The M1 chip in iPad Air delivers a major performance boost to the iPad Air because even the most demanding apps and workflows can be used with the all-day battery life.1 The 8-core CPU delivers up to 60% faster performance, and the 8-core GPU delivers up to 2x faster graphics performance compared to the previous iPad Air.
The M1 chip enables users to do more – from editing multiple streams of 4K video to playing graphics-intensive games or redesign a room in 3D.
Ultra wide 12MP front camera with Centre Stage
The Ultra Wide 12MP front camera on the iPad Air also has Centre Stage which automatically pans to keep users in view as they move around. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and zooms out to include them in the conversation. So whether catching up with loved ones or learning remotely, Centre Stage makes connecting easier.
The 12MP Wide camera on the back of iPad Air lets users capture sharp photos and 4K video and scan documents.
Customers can do more on the iPad Air because with 5G, they can reach peak speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps in ideal conditions. With eSIM and Wi-Fi 6 support, iPad Air offers flexibility when users need to get connected — from accessing files, to backing up data, communicating with colleagues, or enjoying a movie with family and friends using SharePlay.
The USB-C port is now up to 2x faster than the previous generation, with data transfers up to 10 Gbps, so importing large photos and videos is quicker. The port connects iPad Air to a ecosystem of USB-C accessories, including cameras, external storage, and displays with up to 6K resolution.
The new iPad Air comes in some new colours – space grey, starlight, pink, purple and a new blue. The iPad Air has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with 3.8 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, full lamination, a P3 wide colour gamut, True Tone and an antireflective screen coating.
Combined with the Liquid Retina display, landscape stereo speakers in iPad Air deliver stereo sound for a good movie-viewing experience. Touch ID is built into the top button of iPad Air, delivering secure authentication.
Accessories include the Apple Pencil
The Apple Pencil (2nd generation) turns the iPad Air into a digital journal and sketchbook users can take with them. With wireless charging and pairing, Apple Pencil delivers makes writing as easy and natural as using pen and paper.
iPadOS 15 gives users a whole lot more features including:
- Features like Split View and Slide Over make it easier to multitask.
- Notes goes system-wide with Quick Note, offering new ways to collaborate and organise, whether typing or writing with Apple Pencil.
- SharePlay makes it possible for friends and family to share experiences while on a FaceTime call.
- iPad has Live Text which recognises text in a photo and allow users to take action. For example, a snapshot of a shopfront may reveal a phone number and the option to place a call.
iPad Air and the Environment
iPad Air features a 100% recycled aluminium enclosure, 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, and 100% recycled rare earth elements in the enclosure and audio magnets. Apple’s iPads are free of harmful substances and use wood fibre in the packaging which comes from recycled sources or responsibly managed forests.
Today, Apple is carbon-neutral for global corporate operations, and by 2030, plans to have net-zero climate impact across the entire business, which includes manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles. This means that every Apple device sold, from component manufacturing, assembly, transport, customer use, all the way through recycling and material recovery, will be 100% carbon-neutral.
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- Wi-Fi models of iPad Air are available with a starting price of A$929 RRP inc. GST and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at A$1,159 RRP inc. GST. The new iPad Air, in 64GB and 256GB configurations, comes in space grey, starlight, pink, purple and blue finishes.
- iPadOS 15, the powerful operating system designed specifically for iPad, ships for free with the new iPad Air. iPadOS 15 is available as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later.
- Education pricing is available to current and newly accepted university students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. The new iPad Air starts at A$849 RRP inc. GST.
- Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with the new iPad Air for A$199 RRP inc. GST.
About Apple: Apple revolutionised personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Apple now has a wide range of products including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s has five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — which work across all Apple devices. There are Apple services as well including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.
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