I spent a week using Apple’s hottest new (and feather-light) iPad Air.
In terms of great gadgets, it certainly plays a part. But it’s what’s inside that matters – and there’s a lot more going on inside.
Remember, we’ve had iPads for 12 years.
And in that span of time, it’s effectively gone from a novelty gadget to something many will consider an essential tool for work, play, and…well, show off.
The iPad Air ($599 / £569) sits at the midpoint of the lineup: it’s more expensive than the iPad, cheaper than the iPad Pro, and much larger than the iPad mini.
From the outside, not much has changed for the iPad Air 2022. That’s good – the previous iPad Air (4th generation model of 2020) was beautiful.
This model features a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and a wide P3 color gamut for colorful and accurate rendering.
The resolution is 2360 x 1640 or 264 pixels per inch which is extremely sharp.
And it has a brightness of up to 500 nits, so you will get a good picture outside.
Touch ID is built into the top button, allowing you to use your fingerprint to unlock your iPad Air, download apps, and use Apple Pay.
On the surface, it’s the iPad Air we know and love.
But there are two big changes this time.
The first is that Apple has seriously enhanced the power of this tablet.
But the iPad Pro was recently upgraded with Apple’s PC-grade M1 chip.
Now the iPad Air has been processed with the same speed as the M1.
Official figures show that the new iPad Air is 60% faster than the old iPad.
That’s hard to quantify in typical usage. What is clear is that it is very fast.
Edit videos, create heavy files on Procreate, and play games – all with ease.
Nothing seems to be a burden on the iPad Air, and it brings the tablet closer to iPad Pro than ever before.
It’s a real pleasure to use and can easily (with the Magic Keyboard accessory) serve as a laptop replacement for casual users, students, and many professionals.
The other big change to the new iPad Air is 5G.
You have to pay extra for the 5G model, but it means you get access to the fastest mobile speeds available.
Of course, you’ll also need to buy a 5G SIM.
And you’ll also need to make sure there’s 5G network coverage in your area.
If you’re using the iPad Air on the go, it’s definitely worth considering.
You can also play high-definition videos easily with a good 5G connection.
5G is increasingly common (and often inexpensive, or even included in your regular fee schedule), so now is a good time to upgrade.
The rear camera is good enough. It’s not as impressive as the shooter on the iPad Pro, but it has its moments nonetheless.
And it can also shoot very smooth 4K video at 60fps to boot.
One trick on the front camera this time is Center Stage.
This keeps you front and center when you’re on a FaceTime call.
So if you move around – or even when multiple people are involved in the scene – you stay in the center of the frame.
It’s a great trick, and it almost always works incredibly well.
There are two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. If this is a device for both work and personal use, perhaps the latter should be considered.
It’s a light kit at just over a pound, but this adds up if you add a Magic Keyboard and (light) an Apple Pencil.
The speaker is impressive for the size of a tablet, so you can easily use it to watch TV or movies at home.
And the battery life is decent enough.
Apple’s official figures suggest 10 hours of web use on WiFi or watching videos and 9 hours on a cellular connection.
You can use it comfortably for a day of work, study or a long flight on the plane.
It runs on Apple’s iPadOS 15, which is improving at breakneck speed.
Some professionals will still prefer using macOS on a Mac, but the iPad crosses the line between iPhone and laptop brilliantly.
Better yet, we’ll almost certainly get iPadOS 16 later this year, which will likely bring wonders to the new iPad.
There are five colors in total: Space Grey, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue.
It’s a great option that works for everyone – and it all looks great.
Purple and Blue are especially nice, but it’s completely up to the user’s preference.
The iPad Air is now significantly more attractive – especially compared to the iPad Pro.
There is no doubt that the Pro is the more premium device.
But you can save substantial cash with the iPad Air and very few compromises.
The regular iPad is still the best choice for the low-budget buyer or the very casual user.
But anyone looking to get more out of their tablet should definitely consider the iPad Air. It leaves Android opponents die in the water.
The Sun says: For looks and value for money, the new iPad Air is perhaps Apple’s most compelling iPad yet. A true powerhouse with a lightweight body and 5G support that doesn’t break the bank. 5/5
The new iPad Air costs $599 / £569 for the WiFi model or $749 / £719 for the 5G cellular version. Upgrading the storage to 256GB costs an extra $150 / £150 and the Magic Keyboard costs $299 / £279. The new iPad Air is available for pre-order now and will launch on Friday, March 18.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. Always do your own research before making a purchase.
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8513607/new-ipad-air-review-2022/ I’ve been using Apple’s new iPad Air for a week – and there are two HUGE reasons to buy it