Announced earlier last month, tech giant Apple has now launched the latest, fourth-generation iPad Air, which the brand has equipped with an all-new chip set as well as operating system, promising significant performance enhancements over its previous iterations. To test this out, HYPEBEAST gave some of its core features a spin.
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#hypelife: 連接第二代 Apple Pencil 及鍵盤後真能超越手提電腦？HYPEBEAST 實測 Apple iPad Air 重點功能 – 同樣於上月中旬舉辦的 @apple 發佈會中面世，稍微較近親 iPad 8 奪目的 iPad Air 終迎來香港地區正式開賣。與一般 iPad 的定位相同，iPad Air 亦以學生及迎合實際工作需求的群眾為主要市場，搭載歷來最先進的 A14 仿生晶片，118 億電晶體令 CPU、GPU 和機器學習表現大大提升，不論在速度抑或功能上看來都是「聰明好學版」的 iPad Pro。外觀上，以 100% 再生鋁金屬製成的外殼設計僅 6.1 毫米，重量不足 500 克，並搭載全數 5 種不同顏色：太空灰、銀色、玫 瑰金色、綠色及天藍色。 – Apple 為 iPad Air 重新帶來 Touch ID 無疑成為粉絲的焦點所在，全新設計的 Touch ID 內置於頂部按鈕，帶來同樣快捷安全的認證功能，更讓屏幕突破最大限度延伸至平板電腦的邊沿，結合 10.9 吋 Liquid Retina 顯示器，大大提升創意工作者及學生的實用需求。為額外強化硬件功能，iPad Air 更提供 Apple Pencil（第 2 代）和智慧型摺套連鍵盤等配件供用家選擇。此番，HYPEBEAST 便帶來全新 iPad Air 實測特輯，試用各項頂級功能，不妨點撃 Bio Link 移步至我們的網站閱覽完整評測。 – Video: Keith Hui/@hypebeastzh
The main focus of the fourth-generation iPad Air is no doubt its A14 Bionic chip, which performs significantly faster than its predecessor. It utilizes a six-core configuration that pushes performance up by 40 percent compared to its last generation, with two of the cores focusing on high-speed processing while the remaining four are left for less demanding functions. The respective workloads are allocated via a special performance controller that helps optimize your iPad, ensuring you’ll have power where you need it most. On top of this reworked architecture, the A14 is also equipped with a new Neural Engine, CPU machine learning accelerators, and a better GPU that provides a 30 percent improvement on graphics.
Pure specs aside, Apple has long been known for creating intuitive and polished user experiences, and the same can be said about its latest iPadOS. Redesigned widgets and apps allow you to maximize your usage of the entire screen through enhanced spacing and the use of pull-down menus and sidebars, while other default features such as call notifications and search have been reduced in size so you can work more efficiently, whether you’re multitasking or just focusing on one app. Working in tandem with the A14 Bionic chip, the revamped iPadOS can better control battery usage by allocating appropriate processing power to the various apps you may be running.
Finally, as a potential replacement for conventional laptops, the iPad Air is compatible with a series of new accessories which further streamline your workflow. You’ll now be able to use the second-gen Apple Pencil with the device — much like an iPad Pro — through apps such as Notes and Scribble, with easy storage and charging of the accessory thanks to a magnetized securing mechanism on the side of the tablet. It’ll also feature its own detachable keyboard coupled with a track pad for the new cursor feature within the updated iPadOS, practically doubling your mobile device as a MacBook alternative.
The new iPad Air is now available over at Apple, with prices starting from $600 USD.
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