Apple’s new $599 iPad Air is now available for pre-order

As a refresher, the iPad Air takes the same basic design as the 11-inch iPad Pro but makes it a bit more affordable. The screen is ever so slightly smaller at 10.9 inches, and there’s a Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the power button rather than the Face ID unlock you’ll find on the iPad Pro. It also only has a single camera on the back, rather than the dual camera and LiDAR sensor found on the iPad Pro. It’s the first iPad besides the Pro to support the magnetic, second-generation Apple Pencil, and it also works with the impressive but wildly expensive Magic Keyboard. (There’s also a slightly cheaper but still expensive Smart Keyboard Folio.) Finally, it features Apple’s latest processor, the A14 Bionic, which is also found in the new iPhone 12 lineup.

The iPad Air starts at $599 with WiFi and 64GB of storage; there’s also a 256GB model for $749. As always, you can add on a cellular data connection for an additional $130. And for the first time, the iPad comes in five colors: gray, silver, rose gold, green and blue.