10 March 2022
Apple has refreshed its iPad Air with a new model that comes with under the hood improvements. The overall design is similar to the previous-gen release that happened in 2020. It is touting the new model as its most powerful and versatile iPad ever which is not surprising. The biggest additions include the new M1 chipset and 5G connectivity.
The iPad Air 5th Gen aka iPad Air 5 has the same 10.9-inch IPS True Tone display with 2360 x 1640 pixels resolution. It has a peak brightness of 500 nits and supports Apple Pencil (2nd Gen). Under the hood, it has the M1 processor that also powers the new iPad Pro. There is 8GB of RAM that should help with faster and smoother performance, especially during intensive tasks.
The back panel has a 12-megapixel wide camera with f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording, and Smart HDR 3. The front camera is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It has Center Stage that automatically pans to keep users in view as they move around. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to include them in the conversation. It is meant to add a more realistic effect to video conferences.
The new iPad Air is compatible with a bunch of accessories like the latest Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Smart Folio cover. There is a USB Type-C port that Apple claims is capable of offering twice as fast data transfer as the predecessor. It has landscape stereo speakers and a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button.
It will boot iOS 15.4 right out of the box to deliver the latest software experience. Apple has priced the iPad Air (64GB) at $599 and $749 for WiFi-only and Cellular models respectively. If you want 256GB storage, you will need to pay $749 and $899 respectively. The color options include Pink, Space Gray, Blue, Purple, and Starlight. It will go on pre-orders from March 11th and sales will kick off on March 18th.