M1 iPad Air 2022 vs M1 iPad Pro 2021: Which one should you buy?

M1 iPad Air 2022 vs M1 iPad Pro 2021: Which one should you buy?

Apple unveiled the M1 iPad Air 2022 at the Peak Performance event. The latest iPad Air is powered by the same chipset as the iPad Pro 2021. That’s a clue as to why buy the more expensive iPad Pro when you can get similar performance with the iPad Air. Let us take a deep dive and compare the iPad Air 2022 with the flagship iPad Pro.

pay attention: The iPad Pro is available with an 11-inch or 12.9-inch display. But in the interest of fairness, we’re sticking to the 11-inch iPad Pro.

design and performance

m1 ipad air 2022 M1 iPad Pro 2021
Display 10.9-inch Liquid Retina 11-inch Liquid Retina
oath 2360 x 1640 resolution
264 ppi
2388 x 1668 resolution
264 ppi
Peak Brightness (Max) 500 nits 600 nits
Weight (grams) 461 466

The iPad Pro 2021 features a Liquid Retina XDR Mini-LED display that supports HDR content, which comes in handy when streaming HDR content on streaming services. Speaking of numbers, the iPad Pro offers 2388 x 1668 resolution and an impressive 600 nits of brightness.

The iPad Air 2022 is equipped with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display. You get a peak resolution of 2360 x 1640 and 500 nits brightness. As per the spec sheet, the display performance of the iPad Air 2022 could be similar to that of the iPad Pro. However, we can confirm this only after testing the iPad Air 2022.

Beyond that, the iPad Air is a good mid-range option with the right, handy size. Furthermore, the iPad Air is known for its compact form factor. It will be interesting to see which one is more portable.

iPad Air vs. Pro Design and Performance Comparison

Recently, Apple has replaced the iPad with slimmer bezels and a sleeker design. Unfortunately, the iPad Pro and iPad Air look very similar. In addition, many people have complained that the iPad Pro colors look dull in the flesh. But the iPad Air has a hand in this.

The iPad Pro is available in Gray and Silver, while the iPad Air 2022 is available in Space Grey, Starlight, Purple, Pink, and Blue.

Hardware: CPU, GPU, RAM, Speakers

CPU and GPU of M1 chips

The iPad Pro 2021 is powered by an M1 chip, the same chipset that powers the latest MacBook Air. The M1 chipset consists of an 8-core CPU with 4 power cores. On the GPU front, you get 8 cores. The iPad Pro 2021 has proven its mettle geekbench Benchmark and real life usage.

Meanwhile, we don’t know much about the performance of the iPad Air. Apple chose to compare it to its predecessor, but not the iPad Pro. iPad Air 2022 offers 60% better performance than iPad Air 4.

In addition, the iPad Air equips 2-speaker audio in landscape mode, which is 2x what the iPad Pro has. It has 4-speaker audio.

RAM and Storage

This is where it gets interesting! The iPad Pro offers up to 512GB of storage with 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, the storage option starts at 128GB. However, the 1/2TB storage option is reserved for the iPad Pro 16GB variant.

On the other hand, the iPad Air 2022 is deprived of the 16GB RAM option. Instead, you get 8GB of RAM with the option to choose between 64GB and 256GB of storage. There’s no 128GB option, which is disappointing considering that 64GB is too little, and 256GB might be too much for some users.

In such a situation, the 128GB variant of iPad Pro makes a good option!


m1 ipad air 2022 M1 iPad Pro 2021
front camera 12MP 12MP
rear camera 12MP 12MP
10MP ultra-wide camera
LiDAR sensor No Yes

iPad is the best device for video conferencing, considering its camera specifications. Initially, this crown was announced by the iPad Pro, but the iPad Air 5 basically follows suit!

Both iPads feature a 12MP front-facing ultra-wide camera. Center Stage ensures that the speaker is in focus during a FaceTime call. Whenever a new person joins the video call, the viewfinder will zoom out. Also, Portrait mode will help in focusing on the essentials while cutting out the background.

Furthermore, the iPad Air 5 packs a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, while the iPad Pro 2021 packs an additional 10MP ultra-wide camera with a LiDAR sensor. So, if you are planning to click pictures with iPad, then iPad Pro must be the best choice!

Connectivity and Ports

Whether you’re going for Wi-Fi only or cellular and Wi-Fi models, both the iPad Air 2022 and iPad Pro 2021 offer 5G support. Hence, both are future proof in terms of connectivity.

In addition, the iPad Air 5 has USB-C, 2x faster than the iPad Air 4, but it lacks the progress of the iPad Pro. It has Thunderbolt/USB 4 port.

iPad Air 2022: Is this the iPad Pro killer?

Initially, the iPad Air 2022 offers 5G and is cheaper at $299. In the US, the iPad Air 2022 starts at $599. At the same time, the price of 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799. Yes, both the tablets can match the speed when it comes to performance.

Furthermore, the iPad Pro leads the way when it comes to storage options. Only go for the iPad Pro 2021 if you want more than 8GB of RAM or 256GB of storage (or 128GB of storage for that matter). Unless you need that kind of storage, the iPad Air 2022 is a better option.

Which iPad are you planning to buy? Share in the comments below.

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