Along with the eagerly awaited iPhone 14 series, Apple has plenty of other new products planned for 2022. And among those, there should be a new iPad Air.
Since the latest model was launched in the second half of 2020, one would expect the iPad Air 5 to be unveiled and released in the second half of 2022 as well. But apparently, according to a new rumor, the wait won’t be that long.
Indeed, citing sources from the Japanese blog Macotakara, the 9to5Mac site indicates that Apple could launch the iPad Air 5 as early as spring 2022, at the same time as the new iPhone SE. However, according to another source, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, a virtual event would be planned by Apple for the iPhone SE 3, in March or April.
Features similar to those of the iPad mini 6?
Moreover, the source relayed by 9to5Mac does not only mention the launch of the next iPad Air. According to the new rumor, the tablet would have a technical sheet quite close to that of theSixth generation iPad mini launched in 2021.
Thus, the iPad Air 5 would therefore have an A15 Bionic chip, guaranteeing performance comparable to that of the iPhone 13, 5G connectivity for models with cellular, as well as a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle front camera with Support for Center Stage functionality for video conferencing.
This would represent a significant evolution over the iPad Air 4 of 2020. And it is possible that other improvements are planned by Apple. But as usual, for the moment, this information is not official.
New iPad Pro would also be in the pipeline
At the same time, Apple is also preparing the launch of its next iPad Pro. And as in 2021, the Cupertino company would plan to send heavy.
While older iPad Pros use slightly modified iPhone chips, the 2021 models use a chip designed for computers: the M1 chip. And according to sources relayed in another 9to5Mac article, the iPad Pro 2022 would use a new chip which could well be the M2 chip (which should also equip the new MacBook Air of 2022).
Besides that, on the design side, Apple could keep the aluminum back, while integrating MagSafe technology. The firm would have indeed prototyped an iPad Pro with an aluminum back, but whose part where there is the logo is made of glass, which would allow this integration of MagSafe.