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Stephen Hanson

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Apple Officially Unveils iPad Air with All-New Design, 8th Generation iPad By Kelly Hodgkins As expected, Apple today unveiled its latest iPad models – the new iPad 8th generation and iPad Air. Equipped with iPadOS 14, the new iPads are among Apple's most exciting iPad updates to date, balancing power and price in its lineup of consumer-focused tablets. iPad 8th Generation The iPad 8th generation keeps the same 10.2-inch display, but ups performance with Apple's A12 chipset. The A12 boasts of a quad- core GPU and a six- core CPU that delivers a 40% boost in performance over the previous model. It is two times faster than the top Windows notebook making it a worthy choice for portable computing. Other features include support for the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. It'll be powered by iPadOS 14 which brings a slew of new features. iPadOS 14 lets you enter text into any field with the Pencil. You also can use the keyboard or trackpad just like you would on your Mac. The new iPad starts at $329 with pre-orders starting today. The iPad will land in retail stores this Friday, September 18th. iPad Air The new iPad Air has a revamped design with an edge- to-edge, high-resolution, Liquid Retina 10.9-inch display. One of the biggest changes is in Touch ID. Apple did away with a dedicated Touch ID button at the bottom of the display and embedded it into the top button. To unlock the device or authenticate purchases, all you need to do is rest your finger on the button. It's one of the smallest Touch ID buttons Apple has built to date. The iPad Air also ships with Apple's new A14 Bionic chipset. The A14 is the company's first 5nm process chipset, packing 11.8 billion transistors into this tiny die. It offers a 6-core CPU with a 40 percent performance increase

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