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Apple’s 2020 iPad Air was a big improvement over the previous year’s model, thanks to the nicer iPad Pro-like design, great performance and strong battery life. The main problem with it was the $599 price that’s creeping up into iPad Pro territory. Now, you can pick up the 64GB and 256GB models at Amazon for the lowest prices we’ve seen yet, $489 and $639 respectively — $110 off the regular prices.
In our Engadget review, we called the 2020 iPad Air “the best tablet for almost everyone,” and even the best high-end tablet. Apple transformed the design considerably with the flat edges used on the iPad Pro, while adding a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display, USB-C charging port and a side button with TouchID technology.
With the latest A14 Bionic chip, WiFi 6 technology and a16-core Neural Engine, it’s delivers both strong performance and healthy battery life (10-12 hours). It also supports Apple’s second-gen Pencil and accessories that essentially transform it into a laptop replacement, though those will obviously jot up the price.
The iPad Pro does offer some features not found on the iPad Air, like the M1 chipset and 120Hz screen that’s slightly brighter (500 nits versus 600). If you’ve been taking a look at the Air model, though, act soon because the sale is on for today only. As a reminder, Amazon has several other deals on Apple products this week, particularly the Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earbuds — the latter are discounted 28 percent to $179.