On Tuesday, March 8, at the special “Peek Performance” Spring Apple Event, Apple officially unveiled its new iPad Air 5th-generation with significant performance enhancements.
Many people are mostly interested in the iPad Air for its incredibly thin and lightweight design and powerful features, so Apple is taking its performance to the next level with the breakthrough M1 chip.
M1 in iPad Air for the First Time Ever
Yes, the incredibly popular design of the iPad Air 5th-generation is surcharged now by Apple Silicon. The Air takes a massive leap in performance as Apple is bringing its first Apple Silicon M1 chip to iPad Air for the very first time.
This is the breakthrough processor chip that the company has featured on the latest iPad Pro models. The 8-core design of the CPU delivers up to a notable 60% faster performance than its predecessor and the 8-core GPU delivers amazing graphics performance, which is up to 2x as fast.
In fact, the M1 in the new Air makes it faster than the fastest competitive tablet and it is also 2x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its price range. The Machine Learning workflows are enhanced by the incredible 16-core mirror engine enabling powerful and intuitive experiences.
Smooth Liquid Retina Display
The new iPad Air 5th-generation compliments your creativity with a smooth touch experience on a gorgeous Liquid Retina display, with its P3 white color, True Tone, 500 nits of brightness, and anti-reflective coating.
This time, there is a big front camera upgrade as it now features 12MP Ultra-Wide camera with the Center Stage support, which has been hugely popular for connecting people with friends, colleagues, and loved ones. With this implementation, there are all the latest iPad models feature the Center Stage.
iPad Air Now With 5G
With the portable design of the iPad Air 5th-generation, Apple is now for the first time bringing ultra-fast 5G connectivity to the iPad Air 5th-generation for fast wireless connectivity at any place.
To support fast connections to drives, docks, and cameras, Apple is also increasing the performance of the USB Type-C port. It is now 2x faster than its previous model so transferring large photos or videos is now even quicker.
Wide Range of Accessories
The new iPad Air is compatible with a wide range of accessories including the Smart Keyboard Folio and Magic Keyboard making it even more versatile and delivering a satisfying trackpad and typing experience.
The new iPad Air 5th-generation also supports the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil for drawing and taking notes.
Integration With iPadOS
Driving the entire iPad experience is iPadOS, iPadOS 15 is packed with powerful new features, including enhanced multitasking, Quick Note, SharePlay to make an iPad even more capable, and with the new version of Swift Playgrounds, users can build and submit their apps to the App Store right from their iPad.
A new release of iMovie is almost perfect for aspiring filmmakers working on their latest masterpiece or for users who are just getting started. The new Storyboard feature helps users to create finished videos by using curated shortlists transitions and music for a polished result. The new iMovie features will release next month.
The new Air has a number of components with 100% recycled materials, including the aluminum in the enclosure, tin in the solder of the main logic board, and rare earth elements in the enclosure.
Pricing and Availability
The iPad Air 5th-generation comes in five gorgeous arrays of colorways – Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, and a stunning new Blue. It starts at $599 for the base 64GB (Wi-Fi only) model, it is also available 256GB of internal storage as well as cellular models.
Customers pre-order starting March 11 and the shipping will begin Friday, March 18.