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Apple iPad Air 2019 Review

Sports Front-mounted Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner but Lacks Face ID

Last updated on August 17th, 2019

Perhaps, there is no one who doesn’t love Apple’s iPad range and that’s the reason why everyone always excited about Apple’s new iPad launch. In March, however, Apple’s new iPad Air 2019 in Australia and the long-awaited update of the iPad Mini are both a double-stirring excitement. Although the iPad Mini is the top choice for portable tablets – but for another whole different reason, the iPad Air has caught everyone’s eyes. Once thought to have been dead, the “Air” brand has become relevant again and Apple promises powerful specifications for ordinary people. With the super-powerful onboard configuration and a large Retina screen, here is everything we know about Apple iPad Air 2019, so far.

Apple iPad Air 2019

Apple iPad Air 2019 Release Date

In Australian markets, Apple quietly announced iPad Air 2019 back on March 18, 2019. The on-sale date in the United States, Canada, and some European countries is the same but it’ll be shipping on March 29, 2019 in Australia. One can, however, pre-order Apple iPad Air 2019 from Apple’s official website immediately.

Apple iPad Air 2019 Price

This latest iPad Air 2019 is priced in-between Apple Pro line (which are quite expensive) and better-value options such as iPad 9.7-inches (2018). Apple released iPad Air in two different configurations to choose from – 64GB and 256GB. The Apple iPad Air 2019 Prices are:

  • Apple iPad Air 2019 64GB Price (Wi-Fi): AU$699 (approximately)
  • Apple iPad Air 2019 256GB Price (Wi-Fi): AU$910 (approximately)
  • Apple iPad Air 2019 64GB Price (Cellular): AU$899 (approximately)
  • Apple iPad Air 2019 256GB Price (Cellular): AU$1099 (approximately)

Specs

The iPad Air comes with Electronic SIM card (eSIM), IPS LCD Technology based screen at 265 PPI Density and scratch-resistant glass. Other Apple iPad Air 2019 Specifications include:

Apple iPad Air 2019 (2)

PRICEAround A$899
NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCHINGAnnounced2019, March
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, March
BODYBuildFront glass, aluminum frame
Dimensions250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm (9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 in)
Weight456 g (Wi-Fi) / 464 g (3G/LTE) (1.01 lb)
SIMNano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
DISPLAYResolution1668 x 2224 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~265 ppi density)
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size10.5 inches, 341.4 cm2 (~78.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)iOS 12.1.3
ChipApple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Hexa-core (2x2.5 GHz Vortex + 4x1.6 GHz Tempest)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
MEMORYInternal Memory64/256 GB
RAM2 GB RAM
Expandable CardmicroSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
CAMERARear ( Single )8 MP, f/2.4, 31mm (standard), 1.12µm, AF
Secondary (Front) ( Single )7 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)
FeaturesHDR
Video[email protected]
CONNECTIVITYWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, EDR
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS (3G/LTE model only)
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, proprietary reversible connector
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic

(32-bit/192kHz audio)
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po battery (30.2 Wh)

Upto 10 hours
OTHER FEATURESColoursBlack, White, Blue, Coral

Design and Display

At first glance, Apple iPad Air can be little distinguished from previous Apple tablet iterations. Anyone who hopes that the bezels will shrink like an Apple iPad Pro will be disappointed, as it comes with rather large bezels up and down, and on the side of the screen. It is less a problem with tablets as compared to smartphones because it gives more control – but it is difficult to compare it with the future-oriented iPad Pro and to feel a bit dissatisfied.

Apple iPad Air 2019 (3)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with Face ID – but it has a front-mounted Touch ID fingerprint scanner which holds its position under a 10.5-inches Retina display. You won’t find the same refresh rate of 120Hz as you can find on iPad Pro, but it still comes with Apple’s TrueTone that shifts the white balance to match the environment to make screening for your eyes a bit easier. There is no resistance to water, which is not so much a sin for a device that can spend much of its time on the sofa. However, if it accompanies you to the pool to read or draw on a holiday spot, you will have to be extra careful.

Chipset, Storage and Battery

The 2019 iPad Air comes with the latest A12 Bionic processor from Apple. This is a very powerful and capable processor for iPhones and iPad Pro in the latest range and it can handle high-quality games, advanced 3D modeling applications, or even video editing. A 64GB of onboard storage is available in the basic model, and interestingly, Apple iCloud can save more. There’s a 256GB model available for you if you need even more onboard storage. There are also LTE models for both of them. Apple has not shown the exact size of the iPad Air battery but says that the tablet will last for up to 10 hours and offer a full day’s use on a single charge.

Camera

Although many don’t use their iPad Air as a go-to picture snapper – but Apple has a decent set of lenses here. The back of the device consists of an 8-megapixel lens and a 7 megapixel FaceTime HD camera at the front. Although the best camera handsets are unlikely to match – but the self-supported camera is perfect for FaceTime video calling whereas a rear lens is extremely effective for the scanning of documents or – partnered with the A12 processor power for the creation and upgrading of AR content.

Apple iPad Air 2019 Camera

Amazing Features and Software

You will find Apple’s latest iOS 12 Chipset in iPad Air 2019 which is backed by all of the company’s usual additions for its tablet range. Split View and Slide Over provide a simple way of using this huge multi-tasking screen, whereas all your iOS apps make jumping a piece of a cake between your tablet and smartphone available. The iCloud, on the other hand, helps you to keep your documents, images or videos in sync – so you can always access them later with a peace of mind. You can expect rapid updates from Apple as an iOS device and also long-term support as well.

If you get your hands on a cellular version of Apple iPad Air 2019, there are numerous surprises under the hood. Apple has added eSIM card support to enable absolute doddles to move between networks. This makes it easier to switch between carriers at the end of contracts, but for those who often travel to different countries – it is extremely useful because eSIM support means he/she can swap suppliers easily.

Smart Keyboard support is also available in Apple’s new iPad Air. It has a Smart Connector in its left-hand side. This is a new feature, as Apple iPad 9.7 in (2018) did not have an intelligent connector.

Review overview

Design 8
Display7
Camera8
Features8
Performance8
Storage7.5
Battery8

The Pros

  • Hexa-core Processor
  • A Good Laptop Replacement
  • Apple’s Smart Keyboard compatibility
  • Good Option as Entry-Level iPad (Tablet)

The Cons

  • No pencil to Support
  • 2GB of Ram
  • Slightly Expensive
  • Old Fashion ( No Thin Bezels)
  • No Face ID

Summary

7.8All in all, Apple iPad Air 2019 is an excellent as well as a cheaper way to get an iPad which comes quite closer to being a laptop alternative. And honestly speaking, with a large 10.5-inches screen, it doesn’t feel too cramped as one. What do you say?

the authorStaphanie Kyle
Staphanie Kyle is one of the youngest members managing gadget reviews and other high priority news and stories for TechenGuru. When she isn’t working, you can find her listening songs and watching documentaries and sports.

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