The Peek Performance" event. It looks like it was worth the wait -- and, maybe, the best iPad for its price., and all received an update last year, but Apple forgot the iPad Air. That is, until Tuesday, when a new iPad Air during its "
The Air has the M1 processor of the existing iPad Pro model and recent Macs, but an otherwise similar design to the 2020 model, with an eight-core GPU. It also adds an ultrawide, 12-megapixel Center Stage camera, similar to existing iPad models. 5G is onboard, too, for faster mobile data. But the iPad Air still has the same display as before: no Mini-LED or OLED. It comes in a new blue color, and starts at $599 (£569, AU$929), the same as previously, with 64 and 256GB configurations, also the same as before. The new iPad Air is available March 18, the same date as the new. Preorders open Friday.
A new iPad Air was; it's the iPad model that was clearly most in need of an upgrade. Reports indicated that the Air would gain the M1 chip, 5G, boosted entry-level storage (128GB instead of 64GB), and a wider-angle front-facing camera with the same digital-zooming that's already on the other iPad models from 2021. All of these updates happened, with the exception of the starting storage boost.
The Air line has been around for years, and iPad Air models have tended to be midrange models that incorporate some of the iPad Pro's features at a lower price. Thelooked and felt like a more affordable version of the iPad Pro, adding the Pro line's thinner-bezeled, curved-edge display, USB-C support, and compatibility with smart keyboard cases and the Pencil 2. But it started to feel a step behind Apple's other iPads last year: the 2021 looked like the iPad Air in a smaller size, but with its CenterStage camera and 5G, it had some features the larger Air lacked.
For more, take a look atTuesday, including the (here's and ), and , as well as the and . The products arrived alongside a release date for , Apple's latest iPhone operating system update. You can check out everything Apple debuted at its "Peek Performance" event .