KEY POINTS

  • Apple recently released the new iPad Air
  • The new tablet can replace the iPad Pro for some users
  • This is because of the new iPad Air's specs and features

Apple recently released the revamped iPad Air. This new device boasts many improvements over its predecessor, and some of these are even enough to make it the better choice over the iPad Pro.

Here’s a quick look at the reasons why some consumers won’t need to get the iPad Pro now that the iPad Air is here.

It’s powerful

Apple equipped the iPad Air with the new A14 Bionic chip, the same processor powering the company’s new top-of-the-line iPhone models.

With this next-gen processor, the new iPad Air has enough power to take on “just about anything you throw at it,” Gizmodo noted in its review. The chip allows the device to perform just as well as the iPad Pro, whether the user is finishing some tasks or simply browsing the internet or watching videos.

It has a simple camera setup

The iPad Air doesn’t have the same camera setup as the iPad Pro. It doesn’t have LiDAR, which means it doesn’t offer much in terms of AR features. The iPad Air also doesn’t have the same dual-camera setup, which means it might not be as good when it comes to mobile photography. It only has one camera on the back.

That said, some might feel embarrassed to take photos of people and places using an iPad due to its size. If people might not use the iPad for photos, then they might not also use it for AR unless it's necessary. Those who don’t need the iPad Pro’s camera and AR features can get the iPad Air.

It offers support for Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil

The iPad Air offers mouse and trackpad support and also supports the Apple Pencil, just like the iPad Pro. This means users can still type many documents or draw a lot of things on the new device. There’s no need to spend more on the Pro model.

It’s cheaper

Lastly, the iPad Air is cheaper and starts at $600 per unit. The price places it between the entry-level iPad, which is great for those who don’t need the tablet for work, and the iPad Pro, which was designed to be a workhorse. This makes the iPad Air the perfect choice for those who want power and versatility but can’t or don’t want to spend too much.

apple_new-ipad-air_new-design-04_09152020 The new iPad Air is also compatible with the Magic Keyboard accessory. Photo: Apple