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Get a pro-level iPad experience for less, with the iPad Air

Overview of Apple iPad Air

Now in its fifth generation, the latest iPad Air is a compelling tablet with significant improvements over iPad Air 4. The new iPad Air features an all-screen design, built around a beautiful, bright, 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone colour. It delivers unprecedented performance, thanks to its Apple M1 chip. The M1 features an 8-core CPU, an 8-core GPU, 8GB of unified memory, and a 16-core Apple Neural Engine for a massive performance upgrade. The new iPad Air 5th gen is up to 60% faster than the previous model, with graphics speed that is doubled compared to iPad Air 4.

iPad Air is equipped with a Smart Connector, and it supports optional pro accessories including the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard. USB-C offers support for a wide range of accessories and makes it easy to connect iPad Air to an external display. Wireless connectivity is Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0, with the option of next-gen 5G cellular. Its primary camera is 12MP with Smart HDR 3 and 4K video support. Take FaceTime video calls with the upgraded 12MP ultra-wide FaceTime HD camera (with Center Stage support), stereo speakers and dual mics. There’s no Home button—Touch ID is built into the power button, and supports use of Apple Pay for online purchases.

For the latest iPad Air, 64GB is the basic storage capacity, but you can also choose 256GB.

The Apple iPad Air is just 6.1 mm thin, weighs just 461 grams, and gets up to 10 hours of battery life. You’ll also notice exciting design cues taken from the iPad Pro, and an aluminum enclosure available in modern colours including Purple, Starlight, and the new Blue.

Differences between the iPad Air and other iPad models

With this latest iPad Air 5th generation, iPad Air remains in the midrange of the Apple lineup, but gets closer than ever to pro-level performance. It has a larger display than the iPad and iPad Mini, it’s compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil and the innovative Magic Keyboard, storage can be as much as 256GB, and its M1 processor is a powerhouse—the same chip used in the iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The iPad Air is not quite at the same level as the iPad Pro series. Those tablets get larger and brighter Liquid Retina displays with ProMotion technology, up to 1TB of storage, quad speakers, a TrueDepth camera with Face ID, and other features aimed at “pro” users. The iPad Air 5 is also priced at the midway point in Apple’s iPad range, making it a great choice if you want a consumer tablet with pro capabilities.

Keep in mind, the Best Buy iPad Air selection always includes the latest models offered by Apple. However, there are significant savings to be had on new or refurbished versions of previous generation models, including iPad Air 3 and iPad Air 4.

Benefits of owning an iPad Air

Many people consider the Apple iPad Air 5 to be the ultimate all-purpose tablet. Its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display is large enough for productivity tasks, it pops for entertainment, yet the device is small enough for easy portability. It’s at home on the couch streaming video or playing a game, but it’s compatible with optional pro-level accessories like the Apple Pencil gen 2 and Smart Keyboard. The Apple M1 chip has the power to make the most of iPadOS 15’s new features, and runs even the most demanding apps at blazing speeds.

The new 12MP ultra-wide FaceTime HD camera with Center Stage is optimized for video chats, with the ability to automatically pan so you’re always in focus even if you move around in the room. Optional 5G cellular connectivity means continued access to high-speed data when working out of Wi-Fi range.

In other words, the latest Apple iPad Air covers all your entertainment and casual use needs perfectly. But it’s also capable of taking on demanding applications—at a price that’s considerably more wallet-friendly than the iPad Pro series. And with an exciting range of colours and an iPad Pro-inspired design, the new Apple iPad Air may just be the the most stylish iPad ever released.