iPad Air 5 (2022): Everything you need to know

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Apple's next-gen iPad Air could sport an upgraded chipset, but it might not be the first OLED iPad after all​

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When will the new iPad Air be released?​

While the iPhone and Apple Watch tend to get yearly updates, the same can’t be said of the iPad Air. In fact, compared to the rest of the current range, the iPad Air release history is fairly sporadic:
  • iPad Air (first gen): November 2013
  • iPad Air (second-gen): October 2014
  • iPad Air (third-gen): March 2018
  • iPad Air (fourth-gen): October 2020
What’s most likely is a release sometime in 2022, with Ming-Chi Kuo indeed pointing a finger at a 2022 release for the new iPad Air. That’s backed up by a May 2021 ETNews report, also pointing towards a 2022 release date for an OLED-enabled iPad Air.

How much will the new iPad Air cost?​

The iPad Air saw a noticeable price hike when the redesigned model was introduced in October 2020, going from a starting price of £479/$499 to £579/$599, representing an increase of £100/$100. Here’s how much the current iPad Air range costs:
  • iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi): £579/$599
  • iPad Air (256GB, Wi-Fi): £729/$749
  • iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • iPad Air (256GB, Wi-Fi & Cellular)

With the price hike still fresh in the minds of consumers, and with Apple being careful not to blur the lines between the iPad Air and iPad Pro 11 any further, it’s likely that Apple will stick to its current pricing with the next-gen iPad Air, so expect to pay around £579/$599 when it eventually makes an appearance.
 

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Apple announces iPad Air 5 with 18th March release date​


The fifth-generation iPad Air comes with 5G, an M1 chip, and a design inspired by the iPhone 13

Apple has announced the iPad Air (2022) today at its 'Peek Performance' event.

A new iPad to replace the fantastic iPad Air (2020), the iPad Air (2022) is said to improve upon its processor across the board, though this refresh still appears to be much more evolutionary than revolutionary. If you're looking for a new Apple tablet, the iPad Air (2022) is likely to be an excellent choice, but if you're looking for a big upgrade over the last iPad Air, you might be disappointed.

The biggest change in the iPad Air (2022) is its new 8-core M1 processor, the likes of which has been used in iPad Pro and Apple M1 Macs. The iPad Air (2020) uses Apple's A14 Bionic chip, and in comparison, Apple's M1 chip is approximately 60 percent faster. The iPad Air (2022)'s GPU is an even bigger upgrade over its predecessor, offering twice the performance.

Apple reports the iPad Air (2022) is much more powerful than its tablet competitors and even has twice the performance of much heavier, much larger Windows laptops for the same price.