Apple revealed its latest iPad Air model during its “Peek Performance” event, featuring Apple’s impressive M1 chip, a new front-facing camera, and 5G connectivity.
Previously, the only tablet that housed the M1 chip was the pricey iPad Pro. With the new chip, the iPad Air will have faster graphics performance, all-day battery life, better AR features, Smart HDR photos, and more,
The iPad Air will also feature a new 12 MP ultra-wide front camera, allowing for Center Stage compatibility. This camera feature lets the iPad Air self-adjust as more people come into screen or as you move around the room, keeping you in focus while on FaceTime. The camera addition makes the iPad Air the final iPad to be compatible with Center Stage.
Overall, the new iPad Air goes for speed. With 5G, Apple hopes to ramp up connectivity no matter where you’re using it. It also boasts an updated USB-C port that should allow for faster transferring of photos and files. The tablet also packs the usual 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, runs iPadOS 15, and is compatible with the Smart Keyboard Folio, Magic Keyboard, and the second-generation Apple Pencil.
The iPad Air is available is in 64 GB or 256 GB models, comes in Space Gray, Starlight, pink, purple, and a new blue color, and will start at $599. Preorders begin this Friday, with availability starting March 18.