iPad Air 2022 Revisited: (Nonetheless) Professional in Efficiency and Mini in Value


Apple has upgraded the iPad Air with the M1 chip, the identical processor discovered within the highly effective iPad Professional 2021, together with a brand new 5G antenna for sooner connectivity. This fifth era pill boasts unimaginable energy and options that rival the iPad Professional 2021. Is the brand new iPad Air a extra reasonably priced model of the iPad Professional? NextPit is retesting the gadget after the newest software program replace to seek out out.


  • Boasting high-speed and high efficiency
  • Geared up with Stage Supervisor for multitasking
  • Options an exceptionally lengthy battery life
  • Helps use with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard
  • Permits fast information transfers and exterior show connectivity by USB-C


  • Space for storing could also be restricted for these with massive storage wants
  • Lack of Face ID (though this is probably not a problem for some)

Value and Availability

Apple introduced the iPad Air 2022 on March 8, 2022, throughout its Peek Efficiency occasion, and the gadget is accessible on retailer cabinets since March 18. The Wi-Fi-only variant begins at $599, the 5G mobile possibility is accessible from $749. Each variants can be found with both 64 GB or 256 GB of inner storage.

After being stocked in shops for a yr, now you can anticipate some reductions on the iPad Air 2022. If you wish to discover out whether or not this gadget is at the moment on sale, try our offers web page.

Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) design and construct high quality

When it comes to design, Apple stays true to its line and altered: Nothing. With dimensions of 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.24 inches (24.76 x 17.85 x 6.1 mm), the brand new iPad Air measures simply as a lot as its predecessor from final yr. At 461/462 grams, it’s barely heavier than the 4th era.


  • Excellent measurement and weight
  • A number of thrilling new colours.
  • Suitable with the Magic Keyboard and the 2nd era Apple Pencil.


  • Lack of Face ID (solely Contact ID obtainable).
  • The entrance digital camera place is just not optimum for video calls—as on the iPad 2022 (evaluation).

Apple iPad Air 5 on the table
The brand new blue shade actually pleases with the good again end. / © NextPit

The corners are nonetheless rounded, the on/off button is positioned on the high of the slim facet, the amount buttons subsequent to it on the lengthy facet. The entrance digital camera continues to be (sadly!) on the slim facet of the iPad for video calls, I feel it could be extra useful if the digital camera was put in on the broad facet. 

There’s a new shade, although—and I’ve to say, I prefer it! The brand new blue replaces the inexperienced iPad that was nonetheless round final yr.

Lastly, the iPad Air 2022 can also be appropriate with the Magic Keyboard and the 2nd era Apple Pencil, which is an thrilling with its efficiency.

NexPit's editor using the S-Pen in conjunction with the Apple iPad Air 5
With the iPad Air, you possibly can totally use each the Apple Magic Keyboard and the 2nd era Apple Pencil. / © NextPit

Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) show

The show of the iPad Air is nice. It reproduces wealthy colours and makes use of the so-called True Tone know-how, which is meant to breed the colours of the show extra naturally.


  • Gives vivid, true-to-life colours for an immersive viewing expertise


Apple iPad Air 2022 compared with Apple iPad Pro 2022
In the event you look intently, you possibly can see that the bezels of the iPad Professional (again) are barely smaller. / © NextPit

It’s the identical panel that Apple used final yr: A ten.9” or 27.69 cm diagonal Liquid Retina show that resolves with 2360 x 1640 pixels and sometimes has a brightness of 500 nits. In comparison with the iPad Professional, the ProMotion know-how, which can be utilized to show notably easy transitions throughout actions at as much as 120 Hz, is lacking.

In the event you have a look at the 2 iPads, i.e. the brand new Air and the Professional, facet by facet from above, you may discover the marginally bigger bezels on the Air in the event you look intently. However even the lacking ProMotion ought to hardly be noticeable in quite a few situations.


Since October 2022, the iPad Air runs with iPadOS 16, and for the reason that iPad Air has the M1 chip, the pill ought to be assured of all software program updates for the following 4 to 5 years as nicely.


  • Stage Supervisor supported
  • Middle Stage characteristic obtainable.
  • Common Management assist.
  • Freeform characteristic assist.
  • 4 to 5 years of software program updates.


Apple iPadOS 16 screenshot showing how the Stage Manager feature works
Stage Supervisor lastly brings actual multitasking to the iPad Air sequence! / © NextPit

In the event you’re out there for a very multitasking iPad, it is best to undoubtedly contemplate the Air sequence. With the iPadOS 16 replace, the iPad Air 5 now affords the Stage Supervisor characteristic, which offers a brand new window administration expertise that is just like what you get on a MacBook. This characteristic permits one window to be centered on the display screen whereas all different functions transfer to the left facet in teams.

The Stage Supervisor characteristic permits you to group functions collectively to make use of on the identical time. As an illustration, if you should switch textual content from Safari to a Photoshop picture, you possibly can have each apps facet by facet. In the meantime, you can too verify your e mail and simply swap between the app pair and your mail program, due to Stage Supervisor. And you may confide in eight packages in home windows on the identical time.

With the iPad Air 5, you can too benefit from the Freeform app, a digital whiteboard that allows you to create graphics, thoughts maps, and hyperlink varied paperwork with the Apple Pencil. One of many app’s finest options is the flexibility to collaborate with others on the identical file, eliminating the necessity to merge completely different variations in a while.

Moreover, the iPad additionally comes geared up with Common Management, permitting you to attach and handle the pill with different gadgets and peripherals. For extra info on the important software program options of Apple’s tablets, try our iPadOS 16 information.

Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) efficiency

On our iPad Professional evaluation launched in 2021, I wrote in regards to the M1 chip: “Apple’s first system-on-a-chip has 8 CPU cores, 8 cores for the GPU, and 16 Apple Neural Engine cores. Apple says the M1 brings a 50% efficiency increase and 40% higher graphics efficiency.”

Why am I rehashing an nearly two-year-old quote—much more so as a result of these are literally meant for a wholly completely different gadget? As a result of they sum up precisely what applies to the iPad Air as nicely. Apple’s mid-range pill gadget, the iPad Air, additionally will get the M1 chip, making it the quickest pill in its worth vary.


  • The (nonetheless) highly effective M1 is on board
  • Boasting high-speed and high efficiency.
  • Permits fast information transfers and exterior show connectivity by USB-C.


  • Space for storing could also be restricted for these with massive storage wants.

NextPit's editor unlocking the Apple iPad Air 2022 using the Touch ID button.
The iPad Air may also be used as an on a regular basis gadget. / © NextPit

In case that was maybe too quick, here’s a abstract: The iPad Air has the identical chipset which Apple had not solely put in within the iPad Professional (2021), but additionally in final yr’s MacBook Professional. Graphics-intensive video games, video modifying for residence use, or multithreading isn’t any downside with the brand new iPad Air. This makes you surprise: Why ought to I even purchase an iPad Professional if the iPad can accomplish that a lot?

A superb query, which I’ll make clear in additional element within the conclusion. Nonetheless, it ought to be famous that the iPad Air is simply obtainable in 64 GB and 256 GB variations. This is likely to be too low for individuals with a starvation for information. Nonetheless, I wish to level out at this level that it’s potential to retailer information splendidly and hardly noticeably along with iCloud. More often than not, iPadOS even does this job with out you noticing: Knowledge that isn’t or not often used stays within the cloud and doesn’t steal helpful cupboard space.

Even a yr after its launch, the present model of iPad Air boasts spectacular efficiency capabilities. Current benchmarks carried out with the gadget working iPadOS 16 reveal that it stays probably the most highly effective tablets in the marketplace. In AnTuTu benchmark assessments, the Air variant is outperformed solely by the Professional variations, whereas 3DMark outcomes show a constantly steady efficiency, rating the gadget #5 for Wild Life Excessive efficiency.

By the best way, it is also quick with regards to connectivity. The iPad Air comes with a 5G antenna in addition to Wi-Fi 6, which isn’t but very widespread. However when it comes to future-proofing, that’s actually a plus level. 

Digital camera and Audio

In relation to the front-facing digital camera: Apple makes use of the 12 MP ultrawide digital camera right here, which can also be used within the iPad Mini and iPad Professional. This additionally permits Middle Stage—Apple’s new operate for video conferencing. The digital camera at all times appears to comply with you and retains the audio system in focus.


  • 12 MP ultrawide digital camera.
  • Middle Stage functionality.


Apple iPad Air 2022 and iPad Pro 2021 cameras compared.
iPad Professional on the left and iPad Air on the correct. / © NextPit

The primary digital camera consists of just one lens with a ƒ/1.8 aperture. A 5x digital zoom is feasible with it. Movies could be recorded in 1080p or 4K. If you wish to see Middle Stage in motion, this is an article on (de)activate Middle Stage on the iPad and a video exhibiting the operate.

Apple provides its Air two audio system that sound good for his or her measurement. Those that have already loved the iPad sound know what I imply. Nonetheless, not far more could be mentioned in regards to the sound.

Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) battery

It’s actually spectacular what Apple now will get out of the batteries. As traditional, Apple doesn’t give precise mAh specs and specifies the efficiency of its battery in runtime. Apple specifies the battery efficiency with as much as 10 hours for net browsing and video by way of Wi-Fi and as much as 9 hours when utilizing cellular information.


  • Options an exceptionally lengthy battery life
  • Charging by way of USB-C port.


Apple iPad Air 2022 USB-C port in detail
The iPad Air could be recharged by way of the USB-C port. / © NextPit

I can simply verify this worth. The iPad has accompanied me all through my day for the previous couple of days. Within the night, regardless of intensive use—like writing emails or articles, browsing, or watching a video—there’s nonetheless some juice left. So, in the event you do not primarily carry out computing-intensive duties or play graphics-heavy video games with out connecting the pill to an exterior energy supply, you possibly can simply get by the day. 

Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) technical specs

  Specs desk
Image Apple iPad Air 5 (2022)
Show 10.9-inch LCD IPS
2360 x 1640 pixels (264 PPI)
60 Hz refresh fee
Processor Apple M1
8-core CPU
8-core GPU
Rear digital camera 12 megapixels (wide-angle)
Flash LED
Video 4K recording at as much as 60 fps
HDR video as much as 60 fps
3x digital zoom
Mono recording
Entrance digital camera 12 megapixels (ultra-wide angle)
Inner storage 64 / 256 GB
Detachable storage No reminiscence card assist
Exterior storage utilizing USB-C
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 – 2.4 & 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Mobile fashions: 
nano-SIM / eSIM
3G / 4G
5G: sub-6 GHz
Battery life As much as 10 hours (WLAN)
As much as 9 hours (4G/5G)
Dimensions 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.24 inches
(24.76 x 17.85 x 6.1 mm)
Weight Wi-Fi: 1.02 kilos (461 g)
Mobile: 1.02 kilos (462 g)
Authentication Contact ID (high button)
Equipment Apple Pencil (2nd era)
Magic Keyboard
Sensible Keyboard folio

Conclusion: (Nonetheless) Professional in efficiency and mini in worth

Final yr, Apple carried out substantial technical upgrades to its Air lineup, to the purpose the place the variations from the iPad Professional, other than the design, are barely noticeable and require shut scrutiny. Regardless of this, the worth of the Air stays corresponding to that of the iPad mini, which at the moment begins at $499.

This seems to be a key part of Apple’s 2022 technique. Notably, the brand new iPhone SE has additionally been upgraded with a chipset that locations it on par with the efficiency capabilities of the iPhone 14 sequence. Whereas Apple has not offered a transparent reply as to why they pursue this technique, it makes excellent sense upon nearer examination and consideration.

Regardless of being nearly two years outdated, the M1 chip stays highly effective. Nonetheless, as famous in our evaluation of the iPad Professional 2022, the brand new gadgets are geared up with the newest M2 chip, placing the Professional variants forward when it comes to each efficiency and energy effectivity.

Nonetheless, the iPad Air stays a sturdy machine that provides a plethora of options. If you end up torn between the iPad Professional 2022 and the iPad Air 2022, what must you do? Furthermore: Must you await the brand new iPad Air?

When evaluating the present variants, it’s evident that the iPad Professional 2022 outperforms the iPad Air. In the event you prioritize high-performance and top-notch energy effectivity, the M2-equipped Professional variant could be the better option for you. Moreover, it’s doubtless that the following iPad Air launch in 2023 will even characteristic the M2 chip, doubtlessly at a extra reasonably priced worth level in comparison with the earlier yr’s Professional variant.

Regardless of the newest developments in newer iPad fashions, the iPad Air fifth era is much from being a median gadget; actually, it stays a strong pill with distinctive options due to iPadOS 16, with much more software program updates to return. Moreover, the worth of the iPad Air is turning into more and more reasonably priced. As somebody who has used the iPad Air for months, I can confidently attest to the truth that it’s a gadget that may age nicely as a result of its implementation of Apple’s newest chipset know-how.

As a part of our editorial initiative to revisit product assessments after a yr (or extra) of publication, we now have up to date this evaluation. Do you discover this method helpful? Are you contemplating buying the iPad Air 2022? Moreover, which different gadgets would you want us to revisit in 2023? We worth your suggestions and options.

This evaluation underwent a whole revision in March 2023, through which we retained the unique editors’ general opinion whereas incorporating a contemporary perspective. Replace by Camila Rinaldi.


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