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9/10
Informr score
The Apple iPad Air (2020) currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent screen
  • Supports 2nd Generation Apple Pen
  • New color options
  • Fast processor
  • USB-C type port

What's bad

  • Expensive with accessories added
  • No FaceID
  • 64GB baseline storage

Apple, the seemingly undefeatable king of tablets, is at it again with the iPad Air 2020 (also known as the iPad Air 4.) With so many options on the market right now, what can we expect this new iPad to bring us that’s different?

Design

The Apple iPad Air (2020) brings the sleek, modern iPad Pro series design to a more affordable price point. It features minimal bezels, a more square shape, an uninterrupted back panel, and two new color options: Mint green and Sky Blue.

They’ve also done away with the home button opting instead to put the fingerprint scanner into the lock button.

Display

The Apple iPad Air (2020)’s 10.9-inch display adds a little extra room over the baseline model without becoming cumbersome to hold or carry. Reviews indicate the screen offers rich colors and excellent contrast. TrueTone also allows it to adjust color temperatures to the lighting no matter where you’re using it -- an outstanding feature for late-night reading or study sessions.

The bezels are practically non-existent and allow for a much more immersive feeling when using it for art or media.

Performance

Saying this tablet is fast is an understatement. Reviews noted that opening up an app is near-instantaneous. It’s also capable of some impressive multi-tasking if you don’t mind bouncing between apps or using the split-screen mode in iPadOS 14.

Sporting the same processor as the iPhone 12, there seems to be nothing that the iPad Air (2020) cannot do. Some reviewers even stated that it’s the closest they’ve come to a tablet that could replace a laptop entirely.

Software & Storage

The Apple iPad Air (2020) offers the same up to date iPadOS as the rest of the iPad line. Storage, however, is a different matter. Reviewers were not impressed by the baseline 64GB that comes with the price, and to get more storage you have to pay a fair bit more.

Cameras

The rear-facing 12MP camera does a respectable job for a tablet -- just remember you’ll have to aim the rather-large tablet like a camera. So it’s not exactly ideal for vacation photos or the like.

The iPad Air (2020)’s selfie cam does okay for Zoom calls, but it won’t replace your smartphone for decent pictures.

Battery Life

The iPad Air (2020) impressed reviewers with its battery life. While watching videos and using other media, reviewers reported that the tablet lasted around 10 hours on a single charge. Using the tablet for work or school takes a little bit off the top because of multi-tasking, but it’s still plenty to get you through the day. For light users, reviewers said it could take as much as a couple of days to need a recharge.

Perhaps best of all, the tablet uses USB Type-C, so when it’s time to charge, you don’t have to hunt down a Lightning cable.

Audio

While the iPad’s back appears to sport four different speaker grills, it only has two speakers. The upper grills serve as an outlet if you cover the bottom two by accident while watching media. Reviewers stated that the speakers and audio were surprisingly good, even having a little bass, which is challenging for speakers on any tablet.

Accessories

The added cost of accessories is one of the most significant points of contention from reviewers. They’re not cheap, but they are useful, if not necessary, for enjoying iPad Air 2020 to its fullest. But buying them will run you nearly half the price of the tablet itself if you opt for the full lineup.

The tablet supports the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil with a place to snap on and charge at the tablet’s top. It also supports the Magic Keyboard, which was reserved for only Pro models previously.

Of the two, the Smart Keyboard is the most pricey. So if your budget is tight, plan to pick up the Apple Pencil first.

Specs at a Glance

  • Recycled aluminum design
  • 10.9-inch IPS display
  • A14 Bionic processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • IPad OS 14 software
  • 64/256GB of storage
  • Rear-facing 12MP and 7MP selfie cameras
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Stereo audio
  • Supports 2nd Gen Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard

The Bottom Line

There’s a reason Apple is the best at what they do. Each new iPad or phone that comes along keeps to that standard. The Apple iPad Air (2020) is no exception. You would be hard-pressed to find any genuinely negative things to say about it.

All of that comes with a price, and it’s not a small one, but if you’re looking for the top of the line and the speed that comes with it, the Apple iPad Air (2020) is well worth the money.

Tech Radar says, “The iPad Air 2020 is a phenomenally well-made tablet that improves upon the last-gen version in a variety of ways, solving issues with that tablet’s dated design and accessories. The jump in price will make this a tougher sell for some, but the iPad Air for 2020 is so impressive that you may have trouble choosing between it and the iPad Pro.”

Laptop Mag states, “The best tablet for most people, the redesigned iPad Air has a modern chassis, fast performance and long battery life — plus, it supports Apple's best accessories.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
10.9"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tom's Guide

The iPad Air 4's screen, charging and performance make it one of the best iPads ever, as it's essentially a more affordable iPad Pro.

- Henry T. Casey, Tom's Guide
finder.com.au

Apple has indeed shifted the market position of the iPad Air, and delivered a bit of a bargain to consumers along the way. For most folks, the iPad Air 2020 is overkill, and the base model Apple iPad is the tablet you should buy. Where the iPad Air stakes its claim – and its pricier sibling right th...

- Alex Kidman, finder.com.au
Input

The best thing about the iPad Air 4 is that it's not a downgrade from the iPad Pro where it matters: performance. iPad OS 14 runs just as fast (if not smoother because of the A14 Bionic) and battery life is still tops (up to 10 hours). Android tablets (whatever's left of them) don't even compete. An...

- Raymond Wong, Input
Wired

Video calling and backlight bleeding aside, the iPad Air is the tablet to buy if you’re looking for more power and screen than what the basic, 10.2-inch iPad has to offer, but don’t want to spend more for the iPad Pro. The support for keyboard, trackpad, and Pencil means the Air essentially does wha...

- Lauren Goode, Wired
TheCanadianTechie

The new iPad Air is a great device that is quick, supports the latest Apple Pencil, has USB-C and gives the same functionality as the iPad Pro just at a lower price.

- Sachin Bahal, TheCanadianTechie


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Screen Size
10.9"

The Apple iPad Air (2020)'s screen size is 10.9 inches with 1640 x 2360 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Apple A14 Bionic Hexa-core processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS iPadOS 14 (Update Available: iPadOS 14.3) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
28.6WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 28.6 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Air (2020) Specs

Overview
Release date October 31, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS iPadOS 14 (Update Available: iPadOS 14.3)

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Processor Apple A14 Bionic Hexa-core
Internal Storage 64/256 GB
RAM Unknown
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 28.6 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, Sky Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.76 x 17.85 x 0.61 cm (9.8 x 7 x 0.2 in)
Weight 460 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1640 x 2360 pixels
Pixel density 264 pixels
Size 10.9 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAX, AIFF, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad Air 4, iPad Air 4th Generation

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