Apple has officially announced an updated iPad Air with an M1 chip – the design is the same as the previous-generation iPad Air. See full details below on what is new with the iPad Air 5.

iPad Air 5 is now official

The new iPad Air 5 is available in space grey, pink, purple, starlight, and an all-new blue. It has a liquid retina display with the same 10.9-inch design and 100% recycled aluminum enclosure.

The iPad Air 5 now supports 5G connectivity and improved speeds thanks to the M1 chip.

  • 8-core GPU and CPU
  • 60% performance increase and 2x faster graphics
  • 16-core neural engine
  • P3 wide color with True Tone
  • 2x faster USB-C port
  • 64GB and 256GB storage options

The camera has notable improvements, now featuring a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage. Now, all current iPad models feature Center Stage.

iPad Air 5 will be available on March 18, with pre-orders starting on March 11. It will retail for the same price, starting at $599.

This device will run on iPadOS 15 including new features like enhanced multi-tasking, Quick Notes, and Share Play. The announcement also included an update to iMovie, with a new storyboard feature available next month.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing noted:

“Whether it’s a college student taking elaborate notes, a content creator working on their latest project, or a gamer playing graphics-intensive titles, users love iPad Air for its amazing performance and versatility in such a portable design. With the breakthrough M1 chip, Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and ultra-fast 5G, iPad Air is now more powerful, more capable, and simply more fun than ever.”

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