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Apple's 2020 iPad Air will launch in October with prices starting at $599 — here's how to preorder

Apple's 2020 iPad Air will launch in October with prices starting at $599 — here's how to preorder

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  • Apple announced a new iPad Air on September 15 during a virtual press conference.
  • The new iPad Air starts at $599 and will be available in October. Preorders will be available from the Apple online store.

Apple unveiled a brand-new design for the iPad Air during a special presentation introducing the company's latest additions to the iPad and Apple Watch families. The 2020 iPad Air will feature a 10.9-inch screen, a USB-C charger, an A14 bionic chip, and 64GB or 256GB of storage space — starting at $599.

Apple first introduced the iPad Air as a slimmer alternative to its flagship tablet in 2013, but the product was discontinued for several years after the launch of the more powerful iPad Pro in 2016. The iPad Air returned in 2019, outperforming the standard iPad with a better processor, twice as much storage space, and a slightly larger screen.

Alongside the new iPad Air, Apple announced two new wearable tech devices, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Those devices will be available on September 18 and preorders are available now. Be sure to check out our full coverage of the September Apple event for all of the details.

iPad Air 2020 price

iPad Air 2020 price
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The 2020 iPad Air will be released in October. Preorders will be available via the Apple online store with prices starting at $599 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model. The cellular-enabled version of the 2020 iPad Air will start at $729, while increasing the storage to 256GB will add $150 to the price tag of either model.

iPad Air 64GB Wi-Fi model, $599 at AppleiPad Air 256GB Wi-Fi, $749 at AppleiPad Air 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, $729 at AppleiPad Air 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, $879 at Apple
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iPad Air 2020 specifications

iPad Air 2020 specifications
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The updated iPad Air has an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, making it look more similar to last year's iPad Pro. It also packs a significantly more powerful processing chip than the standard iPad, which starts at $329 for a 10.2-inch screen with 128GB storage, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which costs $399 for 256GB storage.

With prices starting at $599, the iPad Air is $200 cheaper than the 11-inch version of the iPad Pro. However, the iPad Pro boasts a larger Liquid Retina display, a faster processor, better cameras, and some other features that make it function more like a hybrid computer.

The 2020 iPad Air's screen will display in 2360 x 1440p resolution, and Apple claims that the new A14 bionic chip will make this year's iPad Air up to 10 times faster than last year' s model. Like previous iPads, the iPad Air will support Apple Pencil, Touch ID, and Apple's smart keyboard. Apple's iPadOS 14 introduces even more support for the Apple Pencil, allowing users to write into digital forms by hand and more.

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