The iPad Air 5 aka the iPad Air 2022 is finally here with much-needed refinement. The Peek Performance Event on Tuesday also witnessed the launch of the iPhone SE 3. Anyways, let’s get straight to the point. The new iPad Air 5 is worthy of your consideration considering the noticeable upgrades on offer. Alright. Now let’s talk about the new iPad Air 5 supercharged with M1 chip treatment it received today.
Right off the bar, the iPad Air 5 embraces 5G network connectivity for a faster internet experience. Then we have the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 2x faster USB-C port for charging and data transfers.
Everything in the design department is nothing more than a carry-over from the previous-gen model. Touch ID is still wonderfully integrated into the power button. We wished if Face ID made its way to the iPad Air 5 but anyway it isn’t a deal-breaker of any sorts.
Storage, crazy performance
Once again much like the last-gen model, the new iPad Air 2021 storage capacity starts at 64GB with 256GB being the only other option. RAM is believed to be 4GB but we expected a 6GB version at least. As for the performance, Apple’s striking M1 chipset is employed to keep the iPad Air 5 churning out demanding tasks. The 8-core CPU is 60x faster than the A14 on the outgoing model.
As for the software, iPadOS 15 runs the show here.
Display and camera
The same bezel-less 10.9″ Liquid Retina display is here with the exact same resolution and pixel density. True Tone technology is here as usual along with support for Apple Pencil 2.
Photography is handled by a 12MP single camera system with support to 4K 60fps video recording. Upfront, a 12MP camera takes care of selfies complete with Centre Stage feature.
Price, colors, and availability
Available in Starlight, Stunning New Blue, Purple, Space Gray, and pink color options, the iPad Air 5 retails for $599 (Wi-Fi) and $749 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and will go on for pre-order on March 11. It will hit the shelves on March 18.