Apple iPad 8 vs iPad Air 4 Buying Guide from Tech Gear Talk ICYMI

Apple iPad Air 4 [Apple AirPad (2020)] tops the iPad 8 [Apple iPad (2020)] with a better and bigger display and a faster processor and more.

Sagi with Tech Gear Talk explains that the iPad Air 4 has better …

display — larger with higher resolution,

audio speaker experience (speakers on top and bottom),

Apple pencil experience because it uses the Pencil 2, while the iPad 8 uses the first generation pencil,

process implementation,

The iPad 8 uses the Lightning Port while the iPad Air 4 uses the USB-C port, which gives more versatile selection of devices — including multiple devices at the same time.

The iPad Air 4 is better for video editing processing with it’s better processor.

Apple iPad 8

The eighth-generation iPad (officially the iPad 10.2-inch, marketed as just iPad) and was released on September 18, 2020.

Operating system
Original: iPadOS 14

System on a chip
Apple A12 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M12 motion co-processor

CPU
Hexa-core 64-bit

Memory
3 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM

Storage
32 or 128 GB

Display
10.2 inches (260 mm) 2,160 × 1,620 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio

Sound
Stereo

Input
Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer

Camera
Front (“FaceTime HD Camera”):
1.2MP photos
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Retina Flash
Backside illumination
Live Photos
720p HD video recording
HDR for photos
Body and face detection
Burst mode
Exposure control
Timer mode

Rear:
8MP camera
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination
Live Photos
Autofocus
Panorama (up to 43MP)
HDR for photos
Exposure control
Burst mode
Tap to focus
Timer mode
Auto image stabilization
Body and face detection
Photo geotagging

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
Slo‑mo video support for 720p at 120 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Video image stabilization
Body and face detection
3x video zoom
Video geotagging

Power
32.4 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life.

Dimensions
250.6 mm (9.87 in) H
174.1 mm (6.85 in) W
7.5 mm (0.30 in) D

Mass
Wi-Fi: 490 g (1.08 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 495 g (1.091 lb)

Apple iPad Air 4

Shipping started on October 23, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple was praised for the quick response of including Touch ID integrated into the power button, instead of Face ID since Face ID is useless while wearing masks.

In the Box
iPad Air
USB‑C Charge Cable (1 meter)
20W USB‑C Power Adapter

Operating system
Original: iPadOS 14

System on a chip
Apple A14 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and Apple M14 motion co-processor

Memory
4 GB

Storage
64 or 256 GB flash memory

Display
10.9 inches (280 mm) (2,360 x 1,640) px (264 ppi), 500-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, Fully Laminated Display, 1.8% Reflectivity and Apple Pencil (2nd generation) support

Graphics
Apple-Designed 4-Core

Sound
Stereo

Input
Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer

Camera
Front (“FaceTime HD Camera”):
7MP photos
ƒ/2.2 aperture
1080p HD video recording at 60 fps
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Smart HDR
Retina Flash
Backside illumination sensor
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Exposure control
Timer mode

Rear:
12MP Wide camera
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination sensor
Live Photos with stabilization
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Exposure control
Noise reduction
Smart HDR for photos
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Timer mode
Photo geotagging
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
Continuous autofocus video
Noise reduction
Playback zoom
Video geotagging
Video formats captured: HEVC and H.264

Connectivity
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular: 802.11 Wi-Fi 6 dual-band (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) and MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi + Cellular: GPS & GLONASS
GSM UMTS / HSDPA 850, 1700, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE Multiple bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71

Dimensions
9.74 inches (247.6 mm);”(H)
7 inches (178.5 mm);(W)
0.24 inch (6.1 mm);(D)

Mass
Wi-Fi: 1.0 pound (458 grams)

Wi-Fi + Cellular: 1.01 pounds (460 grams)

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