Apple has announced the new iPad Air 5 during the “Peak Performance” event this Tuesday.
The new iPad Air is powered by the mighty M1 chip making it way faster than its predecessor. It also comes with 5G connectivity, faster USB charging, and a 12MP Ultra-wide angle front-facing camera for enhanced video conferencing.
There is great performance improvement in Apple’s new tablet, especially with it running on the iPadOS 15.4, which boosts multitasking capabilities.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says “Whether it’s a college student taking elaborate notes, a content creator working on their latest project, or a gamer playing graphics-intensive titles, users love iPad Air for its amazing performance and versatility in such a portable design.”
“With the breakthrough M1 chip, Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and ultra-fast 5G, iPad Air is now more powerful, more capable, and simply more fun than ever,” He mentioned further.
Apple iPad Air 5: Specs & Features Powered by M1 Chip
Apple iPad Air 5 comes equipped with the M1 chip that provides it a remarkable performance boost even while using the heavier apps, and playing graphics-rich games. There is an 8-core CPU that delivers up to 60% faster performance, an 8-core GPU that delivers 2 times faster graphics performance than the iPad Air 4.
Along with these, there is also a 16-core Neural Engine that takes the complex machine learning operations to the next level.
From redesigning a room in 3D to editing multiple streams of 4K video, and an advanced and realistic AR experience, everything is possible with the new iPad Air 5.
Apple iPad Air 5 12MP Ultra-Wide Front Facing Camera
The new iPad Air 5 comes with an Ultra-Wide 12MP front camera with Center Stage that automatically pans to keep users in focus while moving around. When others join you, the camera automatically detects them and zooms in accordingly to include everyone in the conversation.
There is also a 12MP Wide camera on the rear that allows iPad Air 5 users to take crisp and sharp pictures. It is also capable of recording videos in 4K, scanning documents, and enabling AR experiences.
This makes the new tablet a perfect device for remote learning, holding business meetings, and even just staying connected with your close ones.
iPad Air 5 comes with Ultra-Fast 5G & Advanced Connectivity
The iPad Air 5 also comes with ultra-fast 5G support that enables peak speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps under ideal circumstances. There is also eSim and WiFi 6 support for improved flexibility to perform various tasks like accessing files, backing up data, communicating with acquaintances, and much more.
On a local level, you get a USB-C port which is now 2 times faster than the iPad Air 4. It also supports data transfer speeds up to10Gbps. You can even connect an extensive range of iPad Air accessories.
You can connect displays with resolutions up to 6K to your iPad Air 5.
Apple iPad Air 5 Design, Display, and Colors
The new iPad Air 5 is built using the same design as the previous generation one. The measurements of the new tablet are 9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches and it weighs around 1.02 pounds, just like the iPad Air 4 and the 11-inch iPad Pro.
The Touch ID is available on the top button of the tablet, and there are also stereo speakers that make it a perfect device for the movie-viewing experience.
iPad Air 5 also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display for a stunning visual experience. It is equipped with 3.8 million pixels and multiple advanced technologies including full lamination, a P3 wide color gamut, True Tone, and an anti-reflective screen coating.
Apple claims that the new display can reach up to 500 nits of brightness while the previous iPad Air 4 reaches only the 440 nits levels.
The iPad Air 5 will be available in five different colors: space gray, starlight, pink, purple, and blue.
The appearance looks pretty classy with its thin and light design. Apple claims the new iPad Air is built using 100% recycled aluminum enclose, 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, and 100% recycled rare earth elements in the enclosure and audio magnets.
Price & Availability of the new iPad Air 5
Apple has set the starting price of the new iPad Air 5 at $599, and $749 for the WiFi+Cellular version in the US. Surprisingly, the iPad Air 5 is £10 cheaper in the UK with prices starting from £569 and £719.
It's kinda good, that IPad Air 5 price starts from $599. pic.twitter.com/1PpbNJl14B
— Abdofficials 🕸️ (@_Abdofficial) March 9, 2022
The 256GB variant of the iPad Air 5 costs $749/ £719 and $899/ £869 for the WiFi & Cellular version.
Pre-orders for the new iPad Air will start on Friday, March 11, 2022. You can book yours from the Apple Store online as well as offline. The tablet will be available for retail sales starting next Friday, March 18, 2022.
You can also trade your current iPad and get credit towards the new one, after a brief verification process by Apple. The company also allows you to engrave iPad with emojis, names, initials, and numbers for free to get a more personalized feel.
Apple iPad Air 5 Supported Accessories & Their Price
The iPad Air 5G is compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. You can get it for only $129 to turn your tablet into a portable digital journal and sketchbook. It is also compatible with Magic Keyboard to offer the best typing experience.
You can get the Magic Keyboard for only $299. It is available in black and white colors, and in 30 language layouts. Other compatible accessories include the Smart Keyboard Folio which costs $179 and Smart Folio for the iPad Air which costs $79.
The new iPad Air 5 is tempting but I don’t even use my Air 4 to its fullest potential. I actually pulled out the Magic Keyboard & been using my iPad so I can convince myself that I don’t need a new iPad that has the M1 chip, center stage camera & 5G. I don’t. I can’t. I won’t.
— Christina D. Rodriguez (@poem_lust) March 8, 2022
The latest iPad Air is definitely a great upgrade moving forward in terms of power and efficiency. But, is that enough to upgrade from your existing iPad Air 4? I don’t think so.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.