This year is nearing its end, the iPhone 12 series just barely managed to launch after numerous delays several days ago, and yet the new iPad Air is the biggest story of the week by some margin. Because the fourth-generation addition to what was traditionally Apple’s mid-range lineup of iOS slates ended up featuring the very same A14 Bionic flagship chip from Apple that is powering those high-end iPhones.

It’s like Apple decided it can’t be bothered with figuring out the logistics of mass-producing a perfectly ordinary mid-range device in 2020 that will command a mediocre profit margin anyway and just continued churning out its best-ever silicon after the initial batch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro was done.

This iPad Air outright beats the latest iPad Pro range which launched like, half a year ago. Sure, it still can’t compare in the GPU department but for a device starting at $599, this is some utterly ridiculous value. It’s like someone gave steroids to the smaller iPad Pro 11, then slapped a fresh coat of paint over it and called it a mid-ranger.

Except that this half-hearted attempt actually benefits consumers. Go figure.

The 4th generation of the iPad Air (2020) can now be purchased in the United States and you should absolutely consider doing so in case getting a new tablet is anywhere near your current list of priorities.

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