- Apple held a big product event on Tuesday with new Apple Watches and iPads announced.
- The new iPad Air has Touch ID and an edge-to-edge screen.
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Apple held it's annual event on Tuesday, but without the usual new iPhone announcements. Instead, the event focused on other hardware, including Apple Watches and iPads. Tomorrow, Apple will launch iOS14, iPadOS, and watchOS7.
One of the highlight's of the event was the new iPad Air, which was significantly updated and now resembles the iPad Pro. Apple resurrected the iPad Air last year as a mid-priced option between the regular iPad and the more expensive iPad Pro. The newer version comes with Apple's latest bionic chip, plus new colours and a revamped Touch ID.
The new iPad Air falls between the iPad Pro and iPad Air in price and size.
It comes in five colours: silver, space grey, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
It still has Touch ID, although it works slightly differently.
Apple moved the sensor to the top button, replacing the need for a home button.
It has an all-screen, edge-to-edge design on the 10.9 inch liquid retina display.
Several reporters have already noted the new iPad Air's close resemblance to the iPad Pro.
Apple announced that the new iPad Air will have USB-C, joining the iPad Pro as the only Apple products that don't use Lightning.
It will run on the A14 Bionic chip, which Apple calls its most advanced chip ever. It can execute up to 11 trillion operations per second.
It has a 12 MP camera, and a 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with improved performance in low lighting.
It will be compatible with Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio.
Apple said that the new iPad Air will be available in October, with no more specific release date.
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