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The new iPad Air borrows several features from the 10.5-inch iPad Pro released in 2017, but has a better processor and a 25% lower price.
The new 3rd-generation iPad Air was announced by Apple on March 18, 2019, together with the smaller iPad mini 5, and it was available for preorder the same day.
iPad Air 3 is the perfect middle range model, combining reasonable price of the basic Apple iPad product line with advanced features of iPad Pro models.
iPad Air 2019 is basically the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model that was released in June 2017 – but with a smaller RAM (3 instead of 4 GB) and a less impressive main camera. It has the same 2224 × 1668 px diagonal LED-backit Retina display with 264 ppi pixel density.
What iPad Air 3 also borrows from iPad Pro 2017 is the integration with both the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. However, after the launch of iPad 10.2 (2019), it’s not the most affordable way to enhance the working environment with the original Apple stylus and keyboard.
Compared to iPad Pro 10.5 2017, the newest Air is equipped with the better processor unit: A12 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture combined with M12 coprocessor and Neural Engine. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 module, compared to 4.2 version in iPad Pro 10.5.
iPad Air 3 costs $499 for the version with Wi-Fi and 64 GB of internal memory. For the most powerful 256 GB + Wi-Fi + Cellular model, you will have to pay $779.
The newest 3rd-generation Air is packed into the iPad Pro shell, so the dimensions of these two models are the same. Therefore, you don’t have to wait for new third-party cases to arrive – most iPad Pro 10.5 designs will fit perfectly.
The only difference is that iPad Pro has four speakers, while iPad Air 3 features two of them. This, however, doesn’t affect the performance of your newest iPad Air tablet.
We’ve got the best ones put together in our updated overview of the best iPad Air 3 cases and sleeves.
iPad Pro 10.5 vs. iPad Air 3
|Feature||iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)||iPad Air 3 (2019)|
|Display resolution||2224 × 1668 px||2224 × 1668 px|
|Pixel density||264 ppi||264 ppi|
|Processor||A10X Fusion chip + M10 coprocessor||A12 Bionic chip + M12 coprocessor|
|Internal memory||64 GB
|RAM memory||4 GB||3 GB|
|Apple Pencil support||Yes
|Smart Keyboard support||Yes
|Cameras||Front: 7 MP
Rear: 12 MP
|Front: 7 MP
Rear: 8 MP
|Dimensions||9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in
250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm
|9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in
250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm
|Release date||June 12, 2017||March 18, 2019|
|Launch prices||from $649||from $499|
|Current prices (Amazon)||from
Apple iPad Air 3 (2019) – full tech specs
Check out the list of tech specifications that we have put together from Apple site and other online sources:
|Screen||10.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display|
|Screen resolution||2224 × 1668 px|
|Pixel density||264 ppi|
|Storage capacity||64 GB|
|RAM memory||3 GB|
|Processor||A12 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture|
Embedded M12 coprocessor
|Battery||Built‐in 30.2‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video, or listening to music|
|Charging||Via power adapter or USB to computer system|
|Weight||16.08 oz / 456 g (Wi-Fi models)|
16.37 oz / 464 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular models)
|Dimensions||9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in / 250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 technology|
3.5 mm headphone jack
|Sound||Two built‑in stereo speakers|
Ambient light sensor
|Main camera||8 MP, f/2.4 aperture, five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, HDR, burst mode, 1080p HD video recording|
|Front camera||7 MP, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps|
|In the box||iPad Air 3rd generation (2019 release)|
Lightning to USB cable
USB power adapter
|Apple Pencil||Compatible with 1st-generation Apple Pencil,|
|Smart Keyboard||Compatible with 1st-generation Smart Keyboard, sold separately|
|Launch date||March 18, 2019|
|Prices||64 GB / WiFi – $499|
64 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $629
256 GB / WiFi – $649
256 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $779
10.5-inch iPad Air 3 – product highlights
Here are the highlights from the official description of Apple’s newest 10.5-inch iPad Air 3 model released in March 2019.
iPad Air, 2019 release, 3rd generation, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard ready
Space Gray / 64 GB
Power isn’t just for the pros
iPad Air brings more of our most powerful technologies to more people than ever. The A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. A 10.5‑inch Retina display with True Tone. Support for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. And at just one pound and 6.1 mm thin, carrying all that power is effortless.
Everything you need in just a pound
iPad Air features a large 10.5‑inch Retina display, while remaining extremely portable and perfect for getting things done anywhere. It’s thin and light and has advanced wireless connectivity. And with up to 10 hours of battery life, iPad Air can go all day on a single charge.
Power to do it all. All at once
The A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine enables a remarkable level of power and intelligence. It uses real‑time machine learning to transform the way you experience photos, gaming, augmented reality, and more. With all this power, you can edit a video. Create a beautiful presentation. Design a 3D model. Stream your favorite show. Or do all of those things at once.
See the beauty in everything you do
The immersive 10.5‑inch Retina display with wide color lets you see photos, videos, and games in vivid, true‑to‑life detail. And no matter where you take iPad Air, True Tone, high brightness, and an antireflective coating give you the best viewing experience.
Stay in touch. Shoot in HD. Play in AR
The front and back cameras on iPad Air let you take stunning photos and 1080p HD videos. But you can also do much more. Make a Group FaceTime call. Scan a document, sign it, and send it back. Or create new worlds by using the camera for augmented reality experiences.
Write, draw, sign, or sketch. Whenever inspiration strikes
Apple Pencil features the precision, responsiveness, and natural fluidity of a traditional writing instrument and the versatility to become so much more. With Apple Pencil, you can turn iPad Air into your notepad, canvas, or just about anything else you can imagine.
Take notes and mark up documents, screenshots, and more
Take notes and jot down ideas as naturally as you do on paper. You can even search your handwritten notes and convert them to text. You can also mark up documents, add drawings to notes, or snap and annotate a screenshot.
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