Apple’s newest iPad Air gets its biggest price cut yet

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Claim yours before the discount disappears.
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Amazon’s $50 discount on the newest iPad Air — the biggest we’ve seen so far — has returned for a limited time only. Bag yours today with 64GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity for just $549, or upgrade to a 256GB model for just $699.

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Save $14.05 on the Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air, 11-inch iPad Pro

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Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro, iPad Air
Its biggest discount yet!
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Apple’s official Smart Folio is one of the most elegant ways to protect your beloved iPad. And for a limited time only on Amazon, you can yours for the newest iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro at $14.05 off its usual price.

This is the biggest discount we’ve seen so far on the newest Smart Folio models, and price drops don’t happen very often. Go take advantage of it before it’s too late.

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Want a new iPad Air? Turn you old iPad into fast upgrade cash today

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Get the money you deserve for your old iPad.
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Apple’s new iPad Air is right around the corner, and it’s a massive improvement over its predecessor. Want one of your own? Sell your old iPad to Cult of Mac today for some quick upgrade cash.

We typically pay more than other trade-in services and we won’t leave you waiting forever for your money. We also pay real cash that you can spend anywhere you like, and our quotes are good for 14 days.

Find out how much your old iPad is really worth today.

Apple’s VP of platform architecture talks A14 chips — and what comes next

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A14 Features and specs
Apple's A14 processor will pave the way for Apple technology in the future.
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Apple’s VP of Platform Architecture Tim Millet says the company’s A14 chip, which debuted last month in the fourth-generation iPad Air, will take machine learning to the next level.

“It takes my breath away when I see what people can do with the A14 Bionic chip,” Millet told German magazine Stern.

Manufactured using a 5nm process, the mobile chip boasts an astonishing 11.8 billion transistors, up significantly from the 8.5 billion of the A13. It is expected to power this year’s upcoming iPhones.

Apple A14 processor makes iPad Air 4 dramatically faster

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iPad Air 4 launches later this month.
The iPad Air 4 offers a big speed boost over its predecessor.
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The iPad Air 4 is the first computer of any kind unveiled with the Apple A14 processor. The tablet isn’t out yet, but an early Geekbench 5 benchmark score apparently shows it’s nearly 50% faster than its predecessor.

This bodes well for the iPhone 12, which is also expected to run Apple’s new chip.

Master iOS 14’s best new features [Cult of Mac Magazine 367]

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Now that you've upgraded, it's time to take advantage of all the new iOS 14 features.
Now that you've upgraded, it's time to take advantage of all the new features.
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If you downloaded iOS 14 — and you really should — you probably know it’s packed with tons of new features. Find out how to make the most of all the latest additions with our roundup of iOS 14 tips and how-tos.

And, naturally, we’ve got plenty of coverage of this week’s big “Time Flies” event. Get the scoop on the new Apple Watches, iPads and Apple services in the latest edition of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s free, and it’s a blast to read on your iPad or iPhone.

You’ll also get the rest of our Apple how-tos and product reviews. And, if you don’t want to download the mag (did I mention that it’s free?), you can get the week’s top stories in your browser below.

New Apple ads reveal the glories of iPad Air 4, Apple Watch Series 6 and more

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One of the new Apple ads is for the iPad Air 4
One of the. new Apple ads shows a quirky use for the iPad Air 4.
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Apple lets its new devices strut in a series of video ads. The iPad Air 4 goes through its paces, with an emphasis on Apple Pencil features. And the Apple Watch Series 6 gets an introductory video, too. Plus, there are two more about Apple Watch in general.

Watch all these videos now:

PSA: New iPad Air 4 compatible with most 11-inch Pro accessories

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iPad Pro cases will fit new iPad Air 4
Logitech's Folio Touch for iPad Pro works with iPad Air, too.
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Picking up a new iPad Air next month? If you’re switching from a 11-inch iPad Pro, you will be pleased to know that most of your existing accessories should work just fine with your new tablet.

Both devices are almost identical in size, with the new iPad Air being ever so slightly thicker than the iPad Pro. Unless you have an incredibly tight-fitting case, you shouldn’t have any compatibility issues.