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Apple's new iPad Air, compared to all the other iPads

The new Air looks just like the iPad Pro. Here's a closer look, and how it's different from recent iPads.

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Scott Stein
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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I'm a visual storyteller, working primarily in the medium of photography and photoshop. I listen to more podcasts than I can keep up with and enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and am striving for a sustainable lifestyle. A big-picture thinker, I am always trying to put the pieces together, and though things are scary these days, I believe humanity will pull through.
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The 2020 iPad Air has a whole new design. It's basically almost like the 11-inch iPad Pro.

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The iPad Air works with accessories like the Magic Keyboard, the second-gen Pencil and Apple's more recent Smart Keyboard, but those cost extra.

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The Air's rear single camera has 12 megapixels, while the iPad Pro's rear camera has wide and ultrawide lenses, plus depth-sensing lidar.

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The 2019 Air (left) and 2020 Air (right) look significantly different. The 2019 Air has larger bezels and a home button, plus Lightning (the new Air has USB-C).

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The 2019 Air also had an A12 processor, while the 2020 Air has an A14. 

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The Magic Keyboard and Pencil are great, but bump up the price considerably.

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The 2020 iPad lineup: iPad eighth gen (left), iPad Air fourth gen (middle), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (right).

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Touch ID is on the Air, but it's on the power button. It works well, so far, but it requires knowing where it is in landscape and portrait.

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Comparing the backs of the 2020 iPads: iPad (left), iPad Air (middle), iPad Pro (right). My iPad Air model is green, but it hardly looks green at all.

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USB-C enables a lot more chargers and dongles. It's a welcome addition.

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Typing on the Magic Keyboard is great. But it costs $299 (£299, AU$499).

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I still can't draw, but the Pencil, which snaps onto the side with magnets, is great.

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Touch ID's side button would be great on an iPhone, or even an Apple Watch.

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Watching videos: The 10.9-inch display looks as crisp as the 11-inch display on the iPad Pro, minus the Pro's slightly higher brightness and faster refresh rate.

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The Air is somewhat expensive: $599 (£579, AU$899) to start with 64GB of storage, and then you'll probably buy at least one accessory. Read our full iPad Air review here.

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