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Compare the Apple iPad Air (2020) to the Apple iPad Air (2019)

The Apple iPad Air (2020) has many innovations compared to its predecessor, the Apple iPad Air (2019). This latest model has a USB-C port and a larger screen. On top of that, we have to say goodbye to the classic design and the home button. In this article, you can read all about the differences and similarities between the Apple iPad Air (2020) and the Apple iPad Air (2019).

Apple iPad Air (2020)

10.9-inch Retina display | 256GB storage capacity | Internet via WiFi
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  • The A14 processor is the fastest processor in an iPad to date.
  • You can use this model with the Apple Pencil 2 and the Magic Keyboard.
  • The large 10.9-inch Retina display allows you to use multiple apps side by side.
  • The iPad supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation), but this isn't included by default.
  • You can't expand the storage capacity with a memory card.

Apple iPad Air (2019)

10.5-inch standard Retina Display | Multitasking with 2 apps at the same time | Compatible with Apple Pencil
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  • Thanks to the A12 processor, you can multitask without any problems and use multiple apps at the same time.
  • If you have an Apple Pencil, you can make handwritten notes and draw next to texts.
  • Because the iPad (2019) weighs little and has a slim design, you can take it anywhere with you.
  • This iPad doesn't have a 4G module for mobile internet.
  • An Apple Pencil isn't included.

Compare the iPad Air (2020) to the iPad Air (2019)

iPad Air (2020) iPad Air (2019)
Screen 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display 10.5-inch Retina display
Processor A14 Bionic Chip A12 Bionic Chip
Camera (rear) 12-megapixel camera 8-megapixel camera
Camera (front) 7-megapixel camera 7-megapixel camera
Unlock Touch ID in the on/off button Touch ID in the home button
Colors Space Gray, Rose Gold, Silver, Green, and Sky Blue Space Gray, Gold, and Silver
Storage capacity 64GB or 256GB 64GB or 256GB
Design Angular edges, narrow bezels, without home button Rounded edges, wide bezels, with home button


Turn on the iPad Air (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020): Touch ID in the on/off button

The Apple iPad Air (2020) is about the same size as its predecessor, but the screen is larger. As a result, it has thin bezels and the home button has disappeared. To unlock your iPad, you can use Touch ID, which is now located in the on/off button. The aluminum casing has a design with angular edges. The design is very similar to the iPad Pro and looks more luxurious than the design of the iPad Air (2019).

iPad Air (2019) screen

Apple iPad Air (2019): Touch ID in the home button

The screen edges of the iPad Air (2019) are thicker than the iPad Air (2020) and the screen is slightly smaller. At the bottom of the tablet, you'll find a home button with Touch ID. This allows you to unlock your iPad with your fingerprint. The casing of this iPad has the classic rounded sides that make the iPad (2019) comfortable to hold.


Screen Apple iPad (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020): 10.9 inches

With a 10.8-inch screen, the Apple iPad Air (2020) has a larger screen than the Apple iPad Air (2019). You have more space to use apps side by side or watch movies. The screen of the iPad Air (2019) also has True Tone technology. This automatically adjusts the white balance in the screen to the ambient light. Other than that, the iPad Air (2020) has a laminated screen, just like its predecessor.

Screen Apple iPad (2019)

Apple iPad Air (2019): 10.5 inches

The 10.5-inch screen of the iPad Air (2019) is smaller than the new 2020 model. In addition, the iPad Air (2019) has a laminated screen. The screen is closer to the glass so there is no empty space between the screen and the glass. Just like the iPad Air (2020), the iPad Air (2019) has True Tone technology. You can watch a movie in the garden without problems.


Side of the Apple iPad (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020): A14 processor

For the first time in years, Apple is releasing a new processor in the iPad before launching it with the iPhone. The Apple iPad Air (2020) has the A14 Bionic Chip, which has a better Neural Engine than its predecessor. This ensures your handwritten texts are converted into typed text at super fast, for example. With this processor, this iPad version can be up to 40% faster than the iPad Air (2019). You can tell the difference when you're video editing or gaming.

Side of the Apple iPad (2019)

Apple iPad Air (2019): A12 processor

With the A12 Bionic processor of the Apple iPad Air (2019), you can use different programs at the same time without any problems. This processor is fast, but the processor in the iPad Air (2020) is that much faster. The A12 Bionic chip does have Neural Engine for artificial intelligence, but it's about half as slow as the Neural Engine in the fast processor of the iPad Air (2020).

Connectors and accessories

Accessories and the Apple iPad (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020): USB-C, Magic Keyboard, and Pencil 2

Until recently, the iPad Pro was the only Apple device with USB-C. Now, the iPad Air (2020) has been added to the list. You no longer need a Lightning cable to charge your tablet. The Magic Keyboard is no longer exclusive to iPad Pro either. You can now use this physical keyboard, which has a floating stand, with the iPad Air (2020) as well. In addition, this new tablet is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2.

Accessories and Apple iPad (2019)

Apple iPad Air (2019): Lightning, Smart Keyboard, and Pencil 1

The Apple iPad Air (2019) has a Lightning connector. You use a Lightning cable to charge it. Do you like to write texts on your iPad? You can use Smart Keyboard with this model and use physical keys when typing. You can use the Apple Pencil 1 to navigate accurately, draw, and take notes on the iPad Air (2019).


Colors iPad Air (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020): 5 colors

Do you like colors? The Apple iPad Air (2020) has got you covered. This model comes in 5 different colors: Space Gray, Silver, Green, Rose Gold, and Sky Blue. In terms of storage capacity, you have the same options as with the iPad Air (2019): 64GB or 256GB. If you want to use the internet and install a few apps, 64GB is sufficient. Also want to download movies and store a lot of photos? Your best choice is 256GB.

Colors iPad Air (2019)

Apple iPad Air (2019): 3 colors

The Apple iPad Air (2019) is available in the colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. There are fewer colors to choose from than with the iPad Air (2020). Do you often download apps, record a lot of videos, and sometimes download a series? Choose a 256GB storage capacity. If you need less storage, 64GB is sufficient for you.


The iPad Air (2020) is an improved version of the iPad Air (2019) in many ways. For example, the bezels are thinner, the casing has been renewed, and the fingerprint scanner has relocated to the on/off button. This makes the design look more modern. Apps also start faster thanks to the faster processor and you can charge the tablet with a USB-C cable. Do you prefer using a home button and is screen size not that important to you? The iPad Air (2019) is a better choice for you.

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