If you’re in the hunt for a new iPad, you should definitely take a look at Apple’s third-generation iPad Air.
Last year, Apple released two new iPads: a 7.9-inch iPad mini 5 and a 10.5-inch iPad Air 3 that replaced the company’s iPad Air 2 from 2014.
The 2019 iPad Air come in three colors (silver, space gray and gold) and in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The device starts at $499 in the U.S. for the Wi-Fi-only model and $629 in the U.S. for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
If you don’t want to pay full price for a 2019 iPad Air you’ll have to hunt for deals. Now that we’re well into 2020, the device has gone on sale at various retailers and carriers making it far more affordable than it was last year.
Apple’s third-generation iPad Air comes with some noticeable upgrades that make it an appealing alternative to the iPad mini 5, 10.2-inch iPad, and the iPad Pro line which now includes the company’s 2020 iPad Pros.
The device comes with an extremely thin design, a 10.5-inch Retina Display with True Tone, a new A12 Bionic Chip which makes it 70% faster than the company’s 9.7-inch iPad, a new 1080p rear camera, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessory.
Those of you in the hunt for a new tablet might want to pull the trigger and buy Apple’s latest iPad Air. That said, others are better off going with another iPad model or a tablet from another company.
If you’re on the fence, allow us to take you through the best reasons to buy the iPad Air 3. We’ll also take you through a few reasons to think about skipping it in favor of another device.
Buy for the Best iPad Air Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next iPad for a long time, you should think about investing in a newer model.
Apple didn't announce this when it confirmed the iPad Air 3 but the device is in line for four plus years of software support.
That means four years of new features, bug fixes, enhancements, and very important security patches.
So while you might be tempted to go with an older, cheaper iPad model like the iPad Air 2, note that support for that device and other models will end much sooner.
The iPad Air 3 was upgraded to Apple's iPadOS 13 update while the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 were left behind on iOS 12.
It will also get upgraded to the company's upcoming iPadOS 14 operating system later this year while some older iPad models won't.
The iPad Air 3's new hardware also ensures you'll get the latest and greatest software features from Apple. Older devices typically don't get the full version of iOS due to hardware limitations.
And that will indeed be the case with iPadOS 14.
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