Apple's New iPad Air Demoed in Videos From Chinese Media Press Event

Apple earlier this week debuted an all-new radically redesigned iPad Air that's set to ship in October, but ahead of the release date, Apple invited members of the Chinese media to a special hands-on event to test out the new ‌iPad Air‌ models.

ipadaircolors 1
Several videos demoing the 2020 ‌iPad Air‌ have been shared on YouTube, and while these videos are in Chinese, those interested in the new ‌iPad Air‌ may want to check them out to see details on size, the USB-C port, and the way the new Touch ID top button works.


This first video has an excellent close up look at the ‌iPad Air‌'s casing and edge-to-edge display, Apple Pencil support, and ‌Touch ID‌ top button, as well as a comparison with the older ‌iPad Air‌ model that had a more rounded case design and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

There's an interesting demo of ‌Touch ID‌ working at around 4:40 minutes in, showing off its speed and the button in action in both portrait and landscape modes.


The second video also has demos of the ‌Touch ID‌ button at about three minutes in for those interested in seeing it in action, as well as a good look at the different colors. The new ‌iPad Air‌ comes in rose gold, green, and blue in addition to the traditional space gray and silver colors.


The third video offers up another close look at ‌Touch ID‌, color options, the new edge-to-edge display, display comparisons with other iPads, USB-C port, ‌Apple Pencil‌, and Magic Keyboard support. There's also a bonus look at some of the new Apple Watch Series 6 models and bands.

Though the new ‌iPad Air‌ models were announced on Tuesday, Apple isn't accepting orders until an unspecified date in October, so it's going to be awhile before we get to see them in person. We can expect to see U.S. media reviews at some point in the future, likely shortly before the launch date.

Related Roundup: iPad Air
Buyer's Guide: iPad Air (Buy Now)

Top Rated Comments

AceFernalld Avatar
8 months ago
Looks really gorgeous. Now please release a Mini version.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
york2600 Avatar
8 months ago

I want one. When are we gonna get a US media event?
When we stop being plague rats probably
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
profets Avatar
8 months ago
I love when Apple uses colours in their products, and the initial video showing the new Air looked so good.

But maybe its just me, I find the new colours a bit dull, especially when you see them in the video. Under certain lighting the green has a yellow-ish/gold look to it and the blue comes across as a shade of grey.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newyorksole Avatar
8 months ago
I probably would never get one of these blue Airs, but man they’re nice. The event wasn’t out of this world, but Apple brought some solid products to the table.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
havenyoung Avatar
8 months ago

That seems a bit weird to me. An American company sending their first review units to China, then the US a bit later. Maybe it’s courage...
I think this is more related to the fact that China has mostly returned to normal life and in-person events are easy to manage there.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
8 months ago

Not convinced by that. Can’t imagine the gathering was that large... I’m sure they could have carried it out safely in the US.
CA has prohibited gatherings of any kind. Santa Clara has prohibited indoor gatherings. The skies in California are red, if not gray due to wildfires. Apple is not about to encourage flying or gatherings in the country worst hit by COVID in the world.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple event spring loaded

Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Officially Announced for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Following an overnight leak by Siri, Apple today officially announced that it will be holding a special "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with all of Apple's 2020 events, the April 2021 event will be a digital-only gathering with no members of the media invited to attend in...
iphone12cameras

Kuo: 2022 iPhones to Feature 48-Megapixel Camera, 8K Video, and 6.1 and 6.7" Sizes With No 5.4" Mini Option

Tuesday April 13, 2021 10:45 pm PDT by
The upcoming 2022 iPhone lineup will feature two 6.1-inch devices and two 6.7-inch devices, with no mini-sized 5.4-inch iPhone, well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors that was seen by MacRumors. Two of the iPhones will be high-end models and two of the iPhones will be lower-end models, similar to the current iPhone 12 lineup. Apple introduced the 5.4-inch...
macos catalina serial number

Apple Preparing Rollout of New Randomized Product Serial Numbers Ahead of 'Spring Loaded' Event

Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:08 am PDT by
Apple is advising its authorized premium resellers and dealers to prepare for new products with 10 and 12 digital serial numbers, days ahead of when it's expected to reveal a slew of new products. MacRumors previously reported that Apple plans to switch to randomized serial numbers for future products starting in early 2021. The company now seems to be preparing for that roll-out, telling...
apple event particularly innovative article

Gurman: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Won't Feature Anything 'Particularly Innovative'

Thursday April 15, 2021 1:30 am PDT by
Bloomberg's highly-respected Mark Gurman says that he expects nothing "particularly innovative" or "extraordinary" to launch at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event next week, Tuesday, April 20. Gurman made the remarks during an interview for Bloomberg Technology, in which he reaffirmed that Apple will launch a new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with the higher-end model featuring a brand new...
duanrui iphone13 notch samples

More Leaked iPhone 13 Samples Show Smaller Notch, Repositioned Earpiece and Front Camera

Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:06 am PDT by
Leaker known as "DuanRui" has today shared an image of two iPhone 13 "film samples," which show the same rumored smaller notch design coming to the iPhone 13 series that we've seen from other sources. In past tweets, DuanRui has accurately leaked the correct names of the iPhone 12 models and an iPad Air 4 manual revealing its new design, so there's good reason to think this leak is credible, ...
siir apple event april 20

Siri Reveals Apple Event Planned for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:04 am PDT by
Siri has apparently prematurely revealed that Apple plans to hold an event on Tuesday, April 20, where the company is expected to reveal brand new iPad Pro models and possibly its long-awaited AirTags trackers. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Upon being asked "When is the next Apple Event," Siri is currently responding with, "The special event is on Tuesday, April...
apple event hashflag

Twitter Hashflag for April 20 Apple Event Goes Live

Tuesday April 13, 2021 2:21 pm PDT by
Following the overnight Siri leak and subsequent announcement that Apple will hold a media event on Tuesday, April 20, a new Twitter hashflag has appeared to help provide visibility for the event on the platform. For the last several recent events, Apple has utilized hashflags, which are little icons next to hashtags on Twitter, as a way to market its events. The company first started the...
parallels windows 10 arm mac

Parallels 16.5 Can Virtualize ARM Windows Natively on M1 Macs With Up to 30% Faster Performance

Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:00 am PDT by
Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac with full support for M1 Macs, allowing for the Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview and ARM-based Linux distributions to be run in a virtual machine at native speeds on M1 Macs. Parallels says running a Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview virtual machine natively on an M1 Mac results in up to 30 percent better performance compared ...
iphone 13 pro render rear

iPhone 13 Pro Rumored to Be Thicker and Feature Larger Rear Camera System

Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:07 am PDT by
Tech blog 91Mobiles has obtained 3D renders of what it claims will be the iPhone 13 Pro, revealing a largely familiar design with a few notable changes, including a smaller notch and a significantly larger rear camera system. Following renders of the standard iPhone 13 model from MySmartPrice yesterday, which showed a new diagonal rear camera layout, these renders of the 6.1-inch iPhone 13...
third gen Apple pencil leaked video

Video of Alleged Third-Generation Apple Pencil Leaks Ahead of Apple Event

Friday April 16, 2021 6:13 am PDT by
A video purporting to be of the third-generation Apple Pencil has today been shared online, showing a glossy finish that mirrors previous leaks. New ✏️ ready to 🚢 #AppleEvent @TommyBo50387266 pic.twitter.com/s4RCDwDi5M— 漢尼斯·拉斯納 🇨🇳 (@ileakeer) April 16, 2021 The brief video from Twitter account @ileakeer, spotted by 9to5Mac, shows an Apple Pencil with a glossy finish much like the...