1647463850 iPad Air 2022 the ideal iPad Pro for the avid

iPad Air (2022): the ideal iPad Pro for the avid personal user

Apple gave the iPad Air a much-needed upgrade in 2020, bringing the tablet a lot closer to the iPad Pro. Two years later, the American company takes the next step and the iPad Air (2022) is almost equal to last year’s impressive tablet.

In the past week I had a great time with the new iPad Air (2022) and found out that the choice for consumers, at least in the tablet field, has become very easy.

iPad Air (2022) makes familiar impression

The new iPad Air (2022) will seem familiar to many people. Two years ago we learned about the previous model and that introduction was well received. So it makes sense that Apple would choose to build on that success.

The tablet once again features an angular design with the Touch ID button incorporated into the home button. On the front is a 10.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels and a pixel density of 264ppi. The iPad Air (2022) still does it with a refresh rate of 60Hz, but overall delivers excellent image quality.

iPad Air (2022)(Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)

Actually, it’s pretty easy to explain: the new iPad Air (2022) is about 90% the same as its predecessor. The remaining 10% just ensures that this tablet transforms into the model for the avid private user.

M1 makes a world of difference

Apple is tackling a number of things differently with this year’s model. The addition of the M1 chip, the much-discussed SoC also found in the iPad Air and several MacBooks, undoubtedly tops the list.

We don’t really need to explain the difference that Apple’s M1 chip makes anymore, although specific examples for the iPad Air (2022) are not wrong. For example, thanks to the 8-core CPU, the tablet is 60% faster than its predecessor. The 4 High-Power-cores and 4 High-Efficiency-cores provide excellent performance. Combined with the 8-core GPU, playing heavy games, editing 4K videos or adjusting high quality photos becomes a breeze.

The 16-core Neural Engine is good for excellent Machine Learning performance. We haven’t counted them all, but according to Apple, this allows the iPad Air (2022) to execute about 11 trillion commands per second.

Apple’s M1 chip, as mentioned, means not only power, but efficiency. The chip allows the iPad’s battery to last longer on a full charge. Of course, the actual number depends on several factors, but those who do their best could use the tablet for ten hours.

iPad Air (2022)(Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)

These things are also new

The iPad Air (2022), besides introducing the M1 chip, does a few small things differently than its predecessor. The differences aren’t huge, but they do make your tablet perhaps use a little differently.

For example, after the iPad Pro and iPad mini (2021), this model lends itself perfectly to video calls thanks to the addition of Center Stage. The functionality first appeared in 2021 and, simply put, ensures that you are the center of the video at all times. So the 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens follows you the moment you move, zooms in or zooms out when a second person appears in the picture. A functionality that, although the selfie camera is still in an uncomfortable place, I really like.

In terms of specifications, this time the iPad Air (2022) also features 5G support. Logically an addition that can only be found in the Cellular model. However, both variants have an improved USB-C connection, which makes moving files faster. As a result, the new tablet is able to perform transfers at speeds of up to 10Gbps.

The only difference on the outside of the tablet is the color options. This year, you’ll score the iPad Air in the colors:
– Space Gray
– Pink
– Purple
– Blue
– Starlight

iPad Air (2022)(Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)

iPad Air (2022) vs iPad Pro (2021)

I think it’s the first time for me that I’ve seen such overlap between two Apple products. The iPad Air (2022), thanks to this upgrade, is very easy to put away as a cheaper iPad Pro. But one where you don’t see the price difference in performance.

Last year’s iPad Pro features a ProMotion display, has an extra camera lens, has a LIDAR scanner, offers consumers Face ID, and has stereo speakers. There really are reasons why people would switch, but you have to ask yourself if these additions make it worth it.

The 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) is on sale with 128 storage for €899, where the 11-inch iPad Air (2022) with 65GB will cost you €698.50. A difference of about €200 that you’re only going to get out of it at the point when you really care about those Pro benefits.

M1 iPad Pro Review iPados 15Apple’s Pro tablet (Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)

Is that not the case and are you mainly looking for an incredibly powerful tablet that offers the benefits of the M1 chip in an accessible way? Then the new iPad Air (2022) really is a particularly fine tablet for you.

Would you rather go with an iPad Pro? Then it might be smart to be patient for a while. The Air of this year is so close to the Pro, that the arrival of an M2 version of that tablet can’t wait very long.