There’s something in the iPad Air for enterprise IT

As anticipated, Apple recently announced new watches, iPads and services and you can read all about these products in a few minutes here, but two announcements stand out as particularly interesting for enterprise users: 

iPad Air 4 and the A14 Bionic processor it contains.

A breath of iPad Air

Apple’s fourth gen iPad Air was the star of the show, primarily because the tablet now contains Apple’s most powerful A14 processor, which isn’t yet available in any other product including the iPad Pro or iPhone. It will be in future.

Available from October from $599 or $729 (cellular), here’s the data sheet for the new tablet:

  • 9-inch Liquid Retina display with 3.8m pixels, P3 wide color support and TrueTone.
  • 12MP rear camera (like the iPad Pro) and 7MP FaceTime camera.
  • A Touch ID system that hides the sensor inside the top button, enabling the larger display.
  • Available in silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
  • USB-C, Wi-Fi 6, Stereo speakers, LTE.
  • Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio supported.
  • Apple’s latest A14 Bionic processor (see below).
  • You also get a free year of Apple TV when you purchase one of these.

With its larger screen, better camera and iOS 14, iPad Air seems set to deliver the kind of performance you need to get even more complex tasks done.

This should make it an excellent second or third device for knowledge workers and a welcome addition to the arsenal of anyone working from home.

From an enterprise perspective, these iPads seem to promise more of what you need when it comes to replacing legacy systems with mobile devices. However, what’s really important to the enterprise story is the processor that is inside the device.

The Schrodinger genie

Armed with an ARM reference design, Apple’s chip development teams have worked with fabricator TSMC to create a world first 5-nanometer chip inside of a mass market device.

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