Apple iPad Air (2022) review
. No, it would get an m1 the same chip found in a host of macs and the ipad pro devices that cost a lot more than the ipad air. At the time i didnt put much stock into this rumor. The ipad air and 11 inch ipad pro were already extremely similar devices. This would make the gap between them even smaller, ill have to eat crow on this one as apple went ahead and put the m1 in the new ipad air. There are a handful of other changes here, including a much improved front facing camera and 5g connectivity, but the m1 is the real upgrade of note, and while the basic experience of using the ipad air is mostly unchanged, having the power of the m1 inside means. This is one of the most future proof ipads, you can buy Music. The 2020 ipad air was a total redesign, not so this time from the outside. The only way anyone will know if youre using the 2022 model is, if you have one of the new color options, otherwise its exactly the same size and effectively the same weight touch id is still built into the ipad airs top button and it works just fine. Although i definitely prefer face id, the display is also the same as the prior ipad air, but thats not a bad thing. Its a 10.9 inch liquid retina lcd display with apples, true tone which auto adjusts the color temperature, its just perceptively, smaller than the 11 inch screen on my ipad pro and the bezel looks a bit chunky, but it doesnt change the way i use the tablet.
Its clearly, not as nice as the mini led display on the 12.9 inch ipad pro, but its a far better screen than the one on the basic ipad. The main difference between this display and the one on the 11 inch ipad pro is. The latter has the ability to refresh at up to 120 hertz, while the ipad air is stuck at 60 hertz. While i definitely enjoy using apples so called pro motion screens, i cant say i noticed much of a difference. Once i sat down and started using the air, the back camera is also identical to the one from the 2020 ipad air, its a 12 megapixel shooter with a wide angle lens and no flash. It produces perfectly fine images, but, as usual, the camera on your phone is likely better back cameras on tablets have pretty niche use. Cases like scanning documents and trying things in ar and the ipad airs. Camera is just fine for that, but i wouldnt let it influence your purchase decision. Finally, the new ipad air uses the same accessories as the old one. That means the two first party keyboard cases apple offered for the 2020 ipad air work here. Unsurprisingly, the second generation apple pencil that magnetically snaps, the top of the ipad, is supported here too. The 299 dollar magic keyboard remains jaw droppingly expensive, but it provides a high quality typing experience for such a compact keyboard. I happily used it to draft this review and have used it to write plenty of other things in the past.
The 129 apple pencil is also a very good accessory, but i think you really need to know what youre going to do with it, for it to be worthwhile its comfortable to use and extremely responsive. But unless you really want to take handwritten notes with your ipad or have serious artistic chops, its not essential enough about whats old, though lets get into whats new here apple had the audacity to throw the m1 into the humble ipad air a year after putting it Into the ipad pro, the ipad has very little real competition and yet apple significantly increased the ipad airs processing power to an even more impressive level, particularly at this price point to drive it home. I ran geekbench 5 on my ipad pro a model that was released just over 2 years ago. It has an a12z bionic chip, one that is only slightly different from the a12x chip that was in the 2018 ipad pro the m1 and the new ipad air is significantly faster at both single and multi core tasks. This is a testament to how fast apple has been improving its own chips, because even the a14 and the 2020 ipad air was a little faster than the chip in my ipad pro. What does all this mean in practice? The answer depends on what you plan to do with the ipad air. For me, i use my ipad for a lot of web browsing dealing with my email and to do lists chatting in apps, like messages and slack writing modest, photo editing in adobe, lightroom playing music and video and, of course, a bit of gaming.
None of this tacks. The m1 chip in the least, but while the ipad air beats my ipad pro and benchmarks, the actual experience of using it isnt, really that different thats more a reflection of my workflow than the ipad airs power. The m1 is an incredibly powerful chip for a 599 tablet, and it means that the ipad air should remain responsive and run whatever apps. You want to throw at it for years to come or, if youre, the kind of person who plans to do more advanced tasks. Like editing and exporting video or making music, the ipad air should more than stand up to your ambitions. Despite my modest workflow, using an ipad with an m1 chip was a great experience. The air made short work of any app. I tried, including recent apple arcade games like nba, 2k, 22 and shadow blade plus i edited a host of raw photos in lightroom and changes were applied almost instantly. I also noticed speedy improvements and more basic tasks where i didnt necessarily expect it. The apple mail app was much faster at deleting all the junk email i get than it is on. My ipad pro and safari was quicker to render sites and switch between tabs loading different apps into multitasking views like split view and slide over was similarly speedy. Battery life is just as good with the m1 chip in the ipad air, as it was before apple. Typically always claims any ipad will last about 10 hours, and in this case then the company undersold the airs longevity.
I got close to 12 hours of use before needing to charge the air, though your mileage will vary depending on what youre doing games took a bigger toll on the battery, but the air lasted a long time, while watching movies, i looped the downloaded movie in the Apple tv app for four hours and the battery only dropped to 75 percent, while the m1 chip is the major update here. There are a few other new things to consider. Unsurprisingly, the ipad airs front. Camera has been upgraded to match the one found in the rest of the ipad lineup, its a 12 megapixel ultra wide angle, camera that isnt really designed to be used at its full resolution. Instead, it enables apples center stage feature which lets the camera zoom in around the subject and continuously move to keep that person or people in the middle of the screen. I feel like most people dont move around a ton when theyre on video calls, but thats handy. Nonetheless, optional 5g is another unsurprising addition given that last falls ipad mini and the ipad pro all have it as well. This is a logical update that doesnt change the experience of using the ipad very much. Most people will probably opt to save the 150 and simply get a wi fi on the ipad air. Those that get the upgrade, though, will appreciate having 5g as time goes by, depending on what network you choose and where you live, 5g coverage can still be hit or miss its also worth noting that the ipad air doesnt support the millimeter wave 5g networks, like verizons Ultra wideband network, those faster networks, are only supported on the ipad pro these caveats aside, theres, no doubt that wireless carriers will increase the availability of 5g networks so having it on board.
Here is another good piece of future proofing, much like the m1 chip. That said, its not a reason to upgrade your ipad. Now by now, you probably have the gist of this review. The new ipad air is a modest upgrade over the prior model, thats true, but its also damming the air with faint praise to be clear. The ipad air is an excellent tablet. Its extremely fast has a lovely screen, runs a massive ecosystem of quality apps and will be a capable device for years to come. The reason why i might not sound more enthusiastic is because that was the case before too. It was definitely time for apple to update the ipad air, but the company did so much right with the 2020 revision that this new device is just a bit of polish. To a formula that was already working as such, anyone who bought the 2020 ipad air or one of the last few ipad pros wont, find a ton new or different here, but compared to the 2019 ipad air or any base level ipad from the last two years. The new ipad air is a massive upgrade overall, i think the ipad air is the best ipad for most people, its significantly better than the basic 329 ipad and is nearly identical to the 11 inch ipad pro that cost 200 more than the air. If you want a bigger or smaller screen, the ipad mini and the 12.9 inch ipad pro are still great options, but for anyone who wants a premium tablet thats about as future proof as it gets the ipad air is the way to go thanks for watching.