Hands-on with the new M1 iPad Air

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Apple introduced an updated iPad Air with the M1 chip last week, and now the new tablet is available for purchase. We picked one up to see how it compares to the iPad Pro, which also has an ‌M1‌ chip, to give you an idea of ​​which iPad from Apple is right for you.

Design-wise, the fifth-generation iPad Air looks very similar to the fourth-generation iPad Air, with the exception of the colors. You can get the new model in a new shade of purple and blue, along with Pink, Starlight and Space Grey.

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There are no other visual updates, and the iPad Air has the same all-display design with a 10.9-inch screen and Touch ID power button. Unlike the iPad Pro, it doesn’t have 120Hz Promotion support, which is now one of the main differences between the Pro and Air iPad lines. If you’re used to the hype, the lack of it on the iPad Air can be jarring, but if you’ve never used hype, you won’t know the difference.

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Although Apple didn’t change the look of the iPad Air, there are internal changes. Most notably, the iPad Air is using the same m1 chip as the iPad Pro, so in terms of performance, they are similar. You won’t notice any speed difference between the two lines until the iPad Pro gets an update with a faster chip, which is expected later this year.

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Apple added a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide front-facing camera to bring the iPad Air in line with the iPad Pro, and it supports Center Stage, a feature that puts you in the frame as you walk around the room.

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The iPad Air has also been upgraded with 5G connectivity, but it’s sub-6GHz and doesn’t work with the fastest mmWave 5G networks. The iPad Pro works with fast 5G networks, so it’s worth keeping in mind.

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If you have a prior-generation iPad Air or the previous two iPad Pro models, it’s not worth upgrading to this new fifth-generation iPad Air, but if you’re coming from something else, it’s the iPad Air to choose from. is worth. iPad Pro because it has almost the same feature set and is $200 cheaper.

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You’re only going to be deprived of faster 5G mmWave connectivity, Promotion Display, and Face ID, and if these are important to you, you should be ready for the next-generation iPad Pro before you upgrade.

Have you got the new iPad Air? Let us know what you think in the comments.