Apple did not say everything about it during the Keynote

Main avec Apple Pencil entre les doigts et dessin sur iPad Air M1

On Tuesday evening, Apple unveiled several new products, a new iPhone SE, the Mac Studio, the Apple silicon M1 Ultra chip and a new 5th generation iPad Air. This machine abandons the Ax mobile architecture to switch to Apple siliconas the iPad Pro have already done before it.

It also comes equipped with the 5G in its Wi-Fi + Cellular version. But if in our summary, we have listed the main characteristics of the machine, some details have passed under our noses. Let’s take advantage of this article to adjust the shot, with the specificities of the iPad Air 5 less highlighted, but to know all the same in particular before purchase:

iPad Air 5 at the best price Base price: €699

  • Camera : on the back, the camera is the same as the new iPhone SE. But if the latter supports Smart HDR 4 technology thanks to the integrated A15 Bionic chip, the iPad Air and its Apple silicon chip are limited to Smart HDR 3. In video, the new generation supports extended dynamic range in 30 fps , which is not the case with the old iPad Air, both for the front photo module and for the one at the back of the case
  • RAM: with the switch to the Apple silicon M1 chip, this new iPad Air has 8 GB of RAM, double that of the previous generation of the tablet
  • Connectors: USB-C is improved and goes to version 3.1 Gen 2, it is twice as fast as on the old generation of iPad Air (equipped with a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 socket)
  • 5G: as on the iPhone SE, 5G is not compatible with 5G mmWave, which is a variant of 5G deployed in certain areas of the globe (USA in particular)
  • Device: iPad Air 5 supports Studio Display, iPad Air 4 does not
  • Dimensions: the dimensions do not change a millimeter from one generation to another
  • Weight : the new iPad Air 5 weighs a little less than the iPad Air 4, both in the Wi-Fi version and in the Wi-Fi + Cellular version (-3 and -2 g respectively)
  • Autonomy: no change from generation to generation, despite SoC change
  • Finishes: Space Gray is the only finish seen on iPad Air 4 and still present on iPad Air 5. Starlight replaces Silver, Pink replaces Rose Gold, Purple replaces Sky Blue and Blue replaces Green
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The 2022 update of the iPad Air can be considered major with the switch to Apple silicon and the support of 5G (not to mention the update of the USB-C port). But in reality, the old version of the machine is not outdated, with its A14 Bionic chip, especially if you are not interested in cellular connectivity on the iPad.

In addition, prices have moved upwards, similar to the iPhone SE. See for yourself below.

iPad Air 4:

  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: 669 €
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: 809 €
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi: 839 €
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: 979 €
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: 699 €
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: 869 €
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi: 869 €
  • 256 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: 1039 €

Note an increase of €30 for the iPad Air in the Wi-Fi version, and of €60 for the iPad Air in the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, which is not at all negligible.

iPad Air 5 at the best price Base price: €699

In any case, if you are interested in the new tablet, know that pre-orders are starting tomorrow Friday from 2 p.m. and the first deliveries, accompanied by in-store availability, will take place the following Friday, March 18.

Find here the summary of the conference, and below, an 8-minute summary video:

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What do you think of the new iPad Air M1? Do not hesitate to give us your impressions in comments.

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