This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


It's the new fourth-generation iPad Air (iPad Air 4), which goes on sale on October 23.

Here's the package for this one, which is the Wi-Fi model and comes in sky blue.

By the way, there's an Easter egg that when you get all the colors together, the package's infinity loop connects (someone, please).

It looks more casual than the iPad Pro, which is a good match for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

On the Wi-Fi model, the antenna is completely hidden and the back is flush and very beautiful.

There is only one camera, and it doesn't have the flash or LiDAR scanner found on the iPad Pro.

Personally, I rarely take photos with my iPad, so I feel like I should just leave the taking of photos to my iPhone, which has more shooting capabilities.

It's similar in shape to the iPad Pro, but...

I'm sure you're all wondering how it differs from the iPad Pro over the previous iPad Air.

The new iPad Air has Touch ID on the side instead of Face ID. This is the first Apple product to have Touch ID in a shape other than a circle.

When you use the keyboard, you unlock it like this.

The unlocking process is instantaneous. (if you can't see it moving, switch to a standard browser to see it.)

The speed of recognition is perfectly fine, but when the keyboard is attached, the Pro allowed you to start using the iPad right away with facial recognition when you open it, so if you're not wearing a mask, it might feel like a bit of a hassle to reach your finger to that button (though you'll be told to exercise that much).

The device is the same size as the 11-inch iPad Pro, but the screen has a 10.9-inch display area with a slight increase in the bezel area.

Visually, there's little difference between it and the iPad Pro (the new iPad Air is on the left).

Most of the accessories are also shared with the 11-inch iPad Pro.

As in the past, larger models are not available for the iPad Air series.

The iPad Air 4's display doesn't support ProMotion (120Hz), which was present on the iPad Pro, so the screen's response time and pen response are better on the Pro. However, I think people who can actually use it and see the difference are superhuman. It's smooth enough, so unless you need to do some special professional work, I found the Air to be a no-brainer.

The brightness of the iPad Air's display is 500 nits, a bit lower than the 600 nits of that of the Pro, but I don't think we'll be using it at its highest brightness very often, so I don't think this is too much of a concern either.

Both models look the same (with four holes in four places), but the number of speakers is two on the Air, compared to four on the Pro.

The Pro has better treble and bass resolution, but the Air's volume is adequate, and since it plays in stereo, I was not at all dissatisfied with the level.

A14 Bionic's performance is awful

Geekbench 5 test results

The score shows that the iPad Air 4 is 36 percent faster than the iPad Pro.

The results of the iPhone 12 with the same A14

The iPad Air 4 starts at 62,800 yen for the Wi-Fi version of the 64GB model, which is more than 20,000 yen more affordable than the iPad Pro. It's so appealing to get this kind of performance from this price point that it's a game-changer in gadget history. The iPad Pro will be updated sooner or later, but if you're looking to buy one now, this new Air is by far the best choice.


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