iPad Air 4 pre-orders go live — where to buy the new tablet

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When Apple revealed the iPad Air 4, it said the tablet would be available in October but didn't specify on which day. Well, now we know. You can now pre-order the iPad Air 4 at Apple (opens in new tab) or major retailers, including Best Buy (opens in new tab). The tablet will arrive on October 24, one week from today. 

We will have our full review of the iPad Air up soon, until then, the tablet looks like a good option for those who want the size and speed of the iPad Pro but at a lower price. 

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Amazon for $599 (opens in new tab)

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Amazon for $599
(opens in new tab)Available in a variety of colors, the iPad Air 4 is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip. It has a 10.9-inch, 2360 x 1640-pixel display with True Tone and now supports the Apple Pencil Gen 2 and Magic Keyboard (both sold separately). 

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Apple.com (opens in new tab)

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Apple.com (opens in new tab)
Available in a variety of colors, the iPad Air 4 is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip. It has a 10.9-inch, 2360 x 1640-pixel display with True Tone and now supports the Apple Pencil Gen 2 and Magic Keyboard (both sold separately). 

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

iPad Air 4: Pre-order at Best Buy
(opens in new tab)Also available at Best Buy, the iPad Air 4 is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip. It has a 10.9-inch, 2360 x 1640-pixel display with True Tone and now supports the Apple Pencil Gen 2 and Magic Keyboard (both sold separately). 

Armed with an A14 Bionic processor, the same chip found in the new iPhone 12 models, the iPad Air 4 has a 10.9-inch, 2360 x 1640-pixel display with True Tone support. The new version adds support for the Apple Pencil Gen 2 as well as the Magic Keyboard. 

There are a few differences between the iPad Air and iPad Pro. For one, the Air 4 uses a touch sensor located on the side-mounted power button whereas the iPad Pro uses Face ID. The Pro is also the only tablet with a LiDAR sensor for AR apps and the 11-inch panel is a tad larger than the iPad Air's 10.9-inch screen. That screen also has a 120Hz refresh rate whereas the Air is stuck at 60Hz. 

If any of those features are important to you, then it might be worth splurging for the iPad Pro. However, with so many features shared between it and the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 4 seems like the best option for most people.

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.