iPad Air (2020) Owners Thread

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Those high power ports on hubs are usually 2.4 amp. Fast charging is normally bad for maximum life of the battery. If the 2.4 amp charger works, I’d stay with that and let it take longer.
 
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Thankfully my theater chairs will chair my iPad, albeit super slowly.

I might buy a couple of those nano 20W chargers for the living room, couch end tables. That could be handy (and cheap).
 

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But more practically: what minimum power supply does the iPad Air need? What USB hub do I need for my iMac to charge my iPad Air?
USB-C charging might depend on using a cable that is rated for charging.

iMore – Best USB-C Charging Cables for iPad Air 4 in 2020

Then there is the matter of the power supply. Your iPad Air came with a 20 watt adapter, but "USB-A charging maxes out at 12 watts (5 volts, 2.4 amps) for Apple devices." (The New York Times - Wirecutter - The Best USB Phone Charger).

That may be optimistic. Other sources say that USB 1.0 and 2.0 can provide at most 0.5 amps over a downstream port, and that USB 3.0 can provide at most 0.9 amps. If you're using a USB-A ( USB 3.0 ) hub, that might mean that the hub can only provide 4.5 watts; less than 1/4th of the power output of the standard iPad Air power adapter.
 
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Then there is the matter of the power supply. Your iPad Air came with a 20 watt adapter, but "USB-A charging maxes out at 12 watts (5 volts, 2.4 amps) for Apple devices." (The New York Times - Wirecutter - The Best USB Phone Charger).

That may be optimistic. Other sources say that USB 1.0 and 2.0 can provide at most 0.5 amps over a downstream port, and that USB 3.0 can provide at most 0.9 amps. If you're using a USB-A ( USB 3.0 ) hub, that might mean that the hub can only provide 4.5 watts; less than 1/4th of the power output of the standard iPad Air power adapter.
You're confusing two things. USB 1.0 & 2.0 DATA provides 0.5 amps and USB 3.0 DATA provides up to 0.9 amps. That is for normal data connections. They can still provide up to 2.4 amps from a charging device or the designated fast charge port of a data hub.
 

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The USB C situation is a mess. For my iPad Air I’ll probably buy Anker and trust they’re made right.
 

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I bought the $9 iPad case. I can’t muster any enthusiasm for $80 or $90 cases when I can get some pretty good for literally 90% cheaper. (Also why my iPhone 8+ is in a $12 plastic case.) And this means I don’t have nearly a hundred dollars invested in a basic case to regret if I do buy the $300 keyboard case.

This new style of magnetically attached folio, with no clip-in sides or corners to break is, solid. It seems like it will be durable. The feel of it is different without the case sides covering the hard iPad edges. It’s reminiscent of iPad Air 2 era mag covers that only had a spine, but this is a very solid attachment with the entire bad cover attached by a bunch of magnets.

I have no idea what makes Apple or Create folios $70+ better. If that’s your jam, rock on. But if you want to put your money into tech, not cases, I can recommend this:

MoKo Magnetic Case Fit New iPad Air 4th Generation 2020
Amazon product
 

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Apple cases are outrageously expensive -- that is for certain.

This won't pertain to your situation, Dave, but when it comes to iPhone cases I generally spend the extra money due to past experiences and those I still read about online.

I have bought alternate brand cases for my iPhone only to see that there are speaker holes missing, the button cut-outs don't align, etc.

While I was writing this response I did a search on 9to5Mac for some beautiful Mujjo iPhone 12 leather folio cases that I was interested in buying from overseas. It looks like the article on the cases was pulled. In any event, in the comments section, those who just received their cases said that the description photos were misleading and that the buttons were completely different than advertised.

This is the reason why I hold my nose and buy the Apple brand. Now, for the most part, third-party cases are usually perfect. My concern generally is towards the leather ones that cost over $50.
 
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Not that we've bought a lot, but of the five or so third-party cases we've bought for iphones and ipads, they've not had essential design problems. The $12 ipad cases I bought for the iPad were cheap and the plastic cracked after 6 to 18 months. But for $12, that was tolerable.

It might relate to buying cases first day, versus a couple months after the product is out and the case-maker quirks and errors are sorted out.
 

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It might relate to buying cases first day, versus a couple months after the product is out and the case-maker quirks and errors are sorted out.
Oh, absolutely it is, Dave!

The problem is, if you buy your new phone or iPad on day one and want to immediately protect it, there is a concern about 3rd party manufacturing errors.
 

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Your Move, iPad | Becky Hansmeyer
There’s no question that Apple has struggled to craft a cohesive, compelling narrative for the iPad. For a long time, there seemed to be a distinct lack of product vision. Everyone likes to speculate over what role Steve Jobs ultimately intended the iPad to have in people’s lives, but not only is that pointless, it’s also irrelevant. We don’t need Steve to tell us what the iPad is good for. We know what it’s good for, and we can easily imagine what it could be good for, if only Apple would set it free.
 

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