iPad Air. With an immersive 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display.¹ The breakthrough Apple M1 chip delivers faster performance, making iPad Air a creative and mobile gaming powerhouse. Featuring Touch ID, advanced cameras, blazing-fast 5G² and Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, and support for Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil (2nd generation).³
10.9-inch Liquid Retina display¹ with True Tone, P3 wide color, and an antireflective coating
Apple M1 chip with Neural Engine
12MP Wide camera
12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage
Up to 256GB of storage
Available in blue, purple, pink, starlight, and space gray
Stereo landscape speakers
Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
All-day battery life⁴
Wi-Fi 6 and 5G cellular data²
USB-C connector for charging and accessories
Works with Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil (2nd generation)³
iPadOS 15 is uniquely powerful, easy to use, and designed for the versatility of iPad
Apps are available on the App Store. Title availability is subject to change.
¹The display has rounded corners. When measured diagonally as a rectangle, the iPad Air screen is 10.86 inches. Actual viewable area is less.
²Data plan required. 5G, Gigabit LTE, LTE, and Wi-Fi calling are available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds are based on theoretical throughput and vary based on site conditions and carrier.
For details on 5G and LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/ipad/cellular.
³Accessories are sold separately. Compatibility varies by generation.
⁴Battery life varies by use and configuration. See apple.com/batteries for more information.
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Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
This is a great tablet however it’s missing some things that make me go huh?
Performance wise this tablet is fantastic, I love the ability to multitask with ease. I experienced no lagging whatsoever while running procreate, YouTube, safari, and express at the same time.
The display is stunning, the fullness of the colors doesn’t leave much more to desire. Although it’s not 120hz, it’s smooth and snappy. The bezels are definitely thick, however imo because of the size of the tablet I’m unbothered. Watching YouTube videos or movies on it is exceptional.
Sound quality wise, and maybe my only gripe is I don’t think the speakers are very loud. They are loud enough if you’re nearby but if your listening while moving around you’ll definitely have difficulty. For example, if you’re cooking and watching a video, the sound of water boiling will drown it out unless your iPad is near it which I wouldn’t recommend. Otherwise the sound is rich enough to catch those annoying parts in the movies where you’re not sure if you should turn your volume up because the next scene might bust your eardrums.
The camera is okay, not impressive but definitely does the job.
Connectivity hasn’t been an issue, even when I tethered it to my iPhone 12pro, it operated with great speed and ease when I did a quick download.
I love that I can work between my tablet, iPhone and Mac mini with ease. I also find much more productivity because not everything is done on my iPhone where there can be a bunch of distractions.
As far as use with the Apple Pencil, it’s been stellar. I’ve never used one before so I have nothing to compare it to besides maybe the S pen. It works without lag nor is it overly sensitive. I’d recommend this to anybody who draws anything from fashion to anime, even if you’re a writer who wants the security a tablet can bring, it’s a good choice to pair with this iPad.
Battery life is great, I charge it after a few days of moderate use typically.
It’s a tough cookie. The back is aluminum with a nice matte finish, scratches won’t likely be an issue and fingerprints don’t show up unless your touching the apple logo on the back which is reflective.
What makes me go huh? I love that Touch ID is a thing but even lower end devices have face unlock. It should be available on the iPad Air imo. Also because it’s a tablet which would typically be for reading, I don’t understand why apple has barred Nook purchases. Also, although I greatly prefer usb-c type, it’s now another separate charger that must be used from the iPhone. I will say I love that they did add the charger brick alongside the usb type c cable.
Imo this is a great middle ground choice within the apple sphere however, far from a middle grounded device overall. In comparison to other brands, this iPad Air will give them a run for their money for sure. One thing apple does well is give people reliability within their products, with that said, imo the price point is fair.
Aesthetically it’s beautiful, the color is
This is possibly the best iPad to date. The Pro models can tend to be way too pricey for a tablet, but this is probably "The Sweet Spot" for a tablet in 2022.
I say that because it's the perfect size, has great sounding speakers, love the Touch ID, love the Center Stage front facing camera with super wide angle (keeps everyone in the frame with minimal effort). The M1 chip makes it "future-proof", and the screen is just super vivid. Oh, and the Touch ID....I'll take that over facial recognition any day...works very well in either landscape or portrait mode (set those options during set up).
I bought mine at the N Canton Best Buy (Ohio). They were very helpful as usual. They price-matched Amazon not only on the iPad Air 5, but also the Otterbox Defender case, saving me over $100 between the two.
I also have a MacBook Pro 15" which I use for photo editing, etc. But this is nice to have as a back-up, and also allows me to have two screens at once which can be handy in the days we find ourselves in.
Def very happy!! Keeper!!
I love drawing and I haven’t drawn for like 4 years or so (gotta love depression) but I finally bit the bullet and bought an iPad to start drawing again. Let me tell you, this was the best purchase I’ve made in a long time. I’m drawing like a mad-woman and feel like myself again and it’s amazing. So amazing that I started crying in the middle of my first piece haha. The battery is great- i use it for about 4 hours a day and it lasts me 3 days on one charge. It’s amazing to watch my favorite shows on too, the picture quality is amazing. Just go ahead and buy this, whatever your reason is, go check out already.
It’s great for the price, only setback is the storage, but in my case I don’t need much storage and I consider this one of the best Value apple products out atm, battery life is DECENT an hour or two gaming drains it a lot. the M1 chip also makes it pretty future proof. If your getting this I also highly suggest getting the Magic keyboard, it just makes it so much more usable.
I absolutely luv luv my new iPad Air! At first I couldn’t believe what all the rave was about until I finally bought one. Having the ability to connect all apple devices is ingenious. I will purchasing an Apple Watch next!
Everything we thought and more. The iPad and the Apple pen. My son is loving the Nintendo switch that we got also. Couldn't ask for more. Will help greatly for school and personal. The customer service was also above and beyond. Thank you Best Buy!!
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability, reliability, connectivity and camera. Editors are less positive about storage and have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 100/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Gareth Beavis on March 16, 2022
iPad Air (2022) reviewA great, versatile tablet that struggles to establish an identity
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