The new iPad Air 4 (2020) was unveiled at Apple’s September event alongside the new iPad (2020), the eighth generation of Apple’s entry-level slate, and new Apple Watches. This is the fourth generation of Apple’s mid-range ‘iPad Air’ line.
While most iPad Air tablets seem like plus-size versions of the entry-level iPads, the new iPad Air 4 seems more like a ‘lite’ version of the iPad Pro models. It’s got some impressive specs, and could win over many creatives and professionals.
This is the follow-up to the iPad Air 3, hence why some people are calling it the iPad Air 4, although Apple is just referring to it as the ‘iPad Air (2020)’. Still, as it’s the fourth-generation model, we’re going to call it the iPad Air 4 to avoid confusion.
To help you get your head around this tablet, we’ve compiled all the information we have on it so far including the iPad Air 4’s price, release date, specs and features.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Apple’s newest mid-range tablet
When is it out? Sometime in October
How much will it cost? Starting at $599 / £579 / AU$899
iPad Air (2020) release date and price
The new iPad Air price starts at $599 / £579 / AU$899, and it will be available to buy from ‘next month’, meaning some time in October 2020. That’s quite a hike over its predecessor, but it seems like we’re getting a big specs jump too.
That’s the starting price, but you can get it in both 64GB and 256GB, with LTE connectivity or just Wi-Fi if you want. We’ll put a graph below with all the prices.
The iPad Air 3 started at $499 / £479 / AU$779 for a version with 64GB storage, and $649 / £629 / AU$999 for 256GB. The price went up $130 / £120 / AU$200 for each for the LTE version, instead of Wi-Fi.
iPad Air (2020) prices
64GB and LTE
256GB and LTE
iPad Air design and display
The iPad Air has a flat edge, an all-screen display, a single rear camera and some subtle edge buttons – it looks a lot like an iPad Pro, which is a change from previous iPad Airs, which looked like large versions of the entry-level slates with big bezels and physical front buttons.
The screen uses Apples Liquid Retina display tech, which is a fancy form of LCD. It has a resolution of 2360 x 1640 and it’s 10.9 inches across, which isn’t quite as big as the iPad Pro models, as the smallest size of that slate is 11 inches. There are plenty of features here to improve the visuals too, such as Apple’s True Tone display tech, which subtly tweaks the display depending on what environment you’re in.
The iPad Air 4 is the first Apple tablet with a fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side, which is an intriguing move from Apple. Other slates from the company have had fingerprint sensors built into the home button on the front, but we haven’t seen side-mounted scanners from Apple before.
There’s a USB-C port here, as on the iPad Pro models, which should make charging and data sending much faster, and it’ll be welcomed by professionals who want to plug external monitors or hard drives into the tablet
The iPad Air 4 works with the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil – that makes it the first tablet outside the Apple Pro range to use this newer stylus. It attaches to the top of the tablet magnetically for storage and charging.
iPad Air specs and features
The chipset inside the iPad Air 4 is the A14 Bionic, which we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 12. It’s the first 5nm chipset in an Apple mobile tablet, and it sounds like it’ll make the new Air the fastest tablet Apple has put out yet – we’ll run some benchmark tests as soon as we get the slate into our labs, to see if that’s the case.
Apple says the graphics performance of the tablet is “30% faster”, although it hasn’t said what that’s compared to. It does claim that the iPad Air 4 is twice as fast as your average HP laptop though.
Apple rarely announces the battery capacity of its devices when they’re launched – we’d expect to find that out when the iPad Air is available to buy, as people will inevitably take it apart to see what’s inside.
Finally there’s a 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera and 12MP f/1.8 rear camera, which should be good enough for video calls and other forms of communication.
The addition of the Handwashing Timer to watchOS 7 is meant to encourage Apple Watch users to properly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Here’s how to get the feature working, to remind you to keep your hands clean.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused health-related organizations and governments around the world to come up with ways to encourage people to be more hygienic. One idea that has been adopted around the world is that of regularly washing hands, and doing so for at least 20 seconds to minimize the risk of infection by touch.
Memes have been circulated, proposing songs and other ways people can use to time themselves washing their hands, with social pressure helping to enforce the washing of hands in the first place.
With the Handwashing feature of watchOS 7, Apple has added a function to the Apple Watch that is a fairly simple concept, namely a timer that appears whenever the user starts to wash their hands, counting down from 20 seconds. With the release of watchOS 7, it is now available to enable and use on supported devices.
Handwashing requires users to update their iPhone to run iOS 14, and their Apple Watch to watchOS 7, in order to function.
How to turn Handwashing detection on and off via your iPhone
Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Under My Watch, scroll down and tap Handwashing.
Tap the toggle next to Handwashing Timer.
Handwashing can be enabled within the Watch app on iOS.
How to turn Handwashing detection on and off via your Apple Watch
Press the Digital Crown and select the Settings app.
Scroll down and tap Handwashing.
Tap the toggle next to Handwashing Timer.
Handwashing Timer can also be enabled directly on the Apple Watch in the Settings app.
How to use the Handwashing timer
Start washing your hands.
If the Apple Watch detects correct hand movements and the sound of running water, the timer will appear. It will automatically adjust to have started the timer when it thinks handwashing started, and will show a countdown timer with the remaining time.
Continue washing until the Apple Watch chimes and displays a “Thumbs Up” symbol.
It is advised to not bother to stop and look at the timer on the Apple Watch, as it will cease the countdown and may stop the timer altogether. AppleInsider has encountered situations where the timer stopped abruptly, such as water being registered as a screen tap, which may be an issue for some users.
Along with the default timer, Apple has also included Handwashing Reminders, which will use location tracking to determine if the user has been outside of home, and has returned. The reminder is to encourage users to wash their hands on arrival at home, again to minimize any bacteria or virus transference to other family members by bringing them into the house.
How to turn Handwashing notifications on and off via your iPhone
Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Under My Watch, scroll down and tap Handwashing.
Ensure the toggle next to Handwashing Timer is enabled to see the Handwashing Reminders toggle.
Tap the toggle next to Handwashing Reminders.
As handwashing is an important part of staying healthy, especially in the current COVID-19 climate, the Apple Watch collects data on handwashing activities. This includes times when the counter is enacted, how many times the user successfully reaches 20 seconds, the average time spent handwashing, and other data which can be reviewed over a longer period of time.
How to view Handwashing data on the iPhone
Open the Health app.
If it doesn’t appear in the Summary page when entering the app, select Browse.
Select Other Data.
The Health app keeps track of how often and how long you wash your hands for.
Like other metrics the app tracks, users can see how many times they washed their hands in a day, week, month, or year, as well as how long for, averages, and even timestamped data. This feature may be especially useful for families, with parents able to check if their children are washing their hands sufficiently throughout the day.
As Microsoft and Sony finally provided concrete release date details of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it was almost easy to forget about the Oculus Quest 2, which has laid down the gauntlet in a VR race occupied by rivals including HTC, Valve and current leader Sony.
Set for release October 13, the Quest 2 retails at $100 cheaper than its predecessor at $299 for the 64GB version and $399 for the 256G edition. Specs for the new headset feature noticeable improvements over the original Quest as well. The Quest 2 uses Snapdragon’s XR2 CPU purposely built for VR and AR, which should be a big boost from the Snapdragon 835 mobile chip in the original. Upgrades like 6GB of ram, higher per eye pixel resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate and interpupillary distance adjustment have also already impressed critics. But it’s two specific features that should push the Quest 2 right into the forefront of VR hardware.
Following an introduction last year on the original Quest, Oculus Link is preparing to leave beta sometime this fall. This allows the headset to run Oculus Rift and Steam VR games by tethering it to a VR-ready PC through a USB-C cable. By itself, the Quest 2 is limited to games that are enjoyable like Beat Saber, Superhot, Moss and even a port of the excellent Tetris Effect. Having a standard gaming PC to run top-tier VR games like Echo Arena means the Quest 2 offers dual usage out of the box. Half-Life: Alyx, the third highest reviewed game this year behind Last of Us II according to Metacritic, has a chance to reach a wider audience.
Of course, none of this would matter if Quest 2 didn’t have some spectacular games coming down the pipeline. While many early Quest releases felt more in line with tech demos or mini-games, Oculus is now leaning further toward releasing titles that blur lines between traditional console gaming and VR. Oculus striking a partnership with Ubisoft for new entries in the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell universe is one thing. Having the French publisher pull resources from Red Storm, Reflections, Ubisoft Dusseldorf and Ubisoft Mumbai to help develop is another.
Jurassic World: Aftermath hopes to prove survival horror games inspired by Alien: Isolation and Resident Evil 7 can be done in VR. With Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty: Warzone all fighting for supremacy within the ultra popular battle royale genre, Population: One seems to be carving a nice space for itself. For a lot of longtime PC gamers, a VR remake of iconic 1993 point-and-click adventure Myst feels magical. Dormant since Medal of Honor: Warfighter, EA’s storied military first-person-shooter returns through Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond for those who can run it on PC through Oculus Link.
Coupled with Oculus’ great existing library, these upcoming Quest games sound more exciting than anything launching alongside the PS5 and Xbox Series X on day one. Microsoft delaying Halo Infinite till 2021 has the house that Windows built focusing more on cross-generational support and Game Pass for Xbox Series X. Meanwhile, PS5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon: Forbidden West will also come to PS4, somewhat limiting the urgency to upgrade for some.
As of now, Microsoft hasn’t officially entered the VR realm outside of its Xbox One Streaming app for Rift. Since its 2016 release, PlayStation VR could be considered the leader in the space with five million sold. Being backwards compatible with the upcoming PS5 means there’s a vast library available from the start. Though some phenomenal exclusives available have been released for PSVR including Farpoint and Iron Man VR, the platform hasn’t delivered anything that can truly match PC. Maybe that’ll change when its upgraded successor hits the PS5 eventually.
Going beyond next-gen gaming
Beyond gaming, Quest 2’s Infinite Office seems to be the future of home offices. The feature will allow users to use the Oculus Browser to work across multiple customizable screens and display live feeds of the environments from the onboard cameras.
A partnership with Logitech means certain keyboards will be recognized and rendered for easy input. If Google Chrome becomes compatible outside of VR browsing, the Quest 2 could be a real game changer.
Oculus’ strategy for the future of VR may not create an unshakable hype train like Microsoft and Sony have. Regardless, the Quest 2 might have positioned itself as the most next-gen device to be released this year, thanks to unique, immersive experiences and a price that undercuts new consoles by up to $200.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has appeared in a leaked hands-on video.
The video shows every inch of the upcoming flagship.
It also confirms the specs and features of the phone.
Just a day back, we saw the first real-world images of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE leaked by JimmyIsPromo. The YouTuber has now gone ahead and published a six-minute hands-on video (embedded above) of the upcoming Samsung flagship, leaving nothing to the imagination.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE leaked hands-on video features a deep blue colorway of the phone running software version One UI 2.5. The YouTuber also takes us through some of its already known hardware and software features. The phone, as seen in the video, features a plastic back panel with a camera array that looks exactly like that of the Galaxy S20. Prior leaks and the latest hands-on video confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will house a 12MP + 12MP + 8MP sensor setup.
On the top of the Fan Edition, you get a SIM card tray slot and at the bottom is a USB-C port alongside a speaker grille. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack here, neither did we expect one because Samsung long removed it from its S and Note lines.
In terms of size, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will sit somewhere between the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra (see image above). Unlike the Infinity displays on the current Galaxy S20 phones that spill over to the sides, the Galaxy S20 FE has a flat screen with visibly thicker bezels. It still gets the 120Hz refresh rate, though, with a FullHD+ resolution.
As far as other specs and features go, we know nearly everything about the Galaxy S20 FE thanks to numerous leaks. The hands-on video further confirms features such as 30X digital zoom, stereo sound with Dolby Atmos support, 4,500mAh battery, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Snapdragon 865, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage.
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