Apple announced an updated version of the iPad Air a year and a half after giving the tablet a design change similar to the iPad Pro. Still carrying the same design, this new iPad Air gets an update related to the processor with the provision of an M1 processor.
In addition, this iPad Air also comes with 5G network connectivity and is equipped with a USB-C port which is claimed to be twice as fast with data transfer speeds of 10Gbps. The new iPad Air is priced from USD599 for the model with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
Meanwhile, models with support for Wi-Fi and 5G cellular connectivity are offered for USD749. This new Apple tablet will come with 64GB and 256GB of internal storage space.
The iPad Air 2022 is available in a choice of colors including gray, pink, purple, blue, and is decorated with a silver or gold stripe that Apple calls Starlight. The pre-order program for this tablet starts on Friday, March 11, 2022, and begins to be marketed more widely on March 18 next.
Apple says that the M1 processor that powers the new iPad Air, which also supports the latest iPad Pro, has an 8-core CPU, which is claimed to be 60 percent faster than the previous generation A14 Bionic processor.
The M1 chipset on the new iPad Air also has an 8-core GPU with twice the graphics power of its predecessor. In addition, the iPad Air 2022 is equipped with a front camera with a resolution of 12MP, higher than the resolution of the front camera of the previous generation tablet, which is 7MP.
The iPad Air 2022 now also supports the Apple Center Stage feature, which is designed to automatically keep users in the frame during video calls. Meanwhile, the rear camera of the iPad Air 2022 carries a 12MP resolution, similar to the previous generation iPad Air.
Apple’s new tablet features a 10.9-inch screen with a top brightness of 500 nits and HDR support, but Apple didn’t mention the availability of ProMotion technology support.
iPad Air 2022 is also equipped with stereo landscape speakers. Like its predecessor, the iPad Air is compatible with the Apple Pencil, which retails for $129, and can be magnetically attached to the side of the tablet, as well as the Magic Keyboard for $299.
The tablet is also compatible with the $179 Smart Keyboard Folio and the $79 Smart Folio enclosure chassis. This device is also equipped with Touch ID which is integrated into the power button as a biometric security technology.