The iPad Air with Apple M1 succeeds the iPad Air 4 and brings more speed to the brand’s lightweight tablet. Currently, the Apple iPad Air is on sale for $499 (opens in new tab)at Amazon. You would usually expect to pay $599 for this tablet, so that’s $100 off its normal price.
This is the cheapest it’s ever been and one of the best iPad deals we’ve tracked so far this year.
The 2022 iPad Air brings faster performance, more storage, and longer battery life to Apple’s lightweight tablet series. It features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Apple M1 chip, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. Rounding out its specs are built-in stereo speakers, a 12MP rear camera and 12MP FaceTime camera.
We didn’t test the iPad Air 5 however, in our iPad Air 4 review, we praise its sleek, thin-bezel design and loud, clear speakers. The iPad Air’s battery life was also impressive. It endured 10 hours and 29 minutes in our Laptop Mag Battery Test of continuous Wi-Fi surfing at 150 nit of brightness. We expect the iPad Air with its new M1 chip to be more on par with the M1 iPad Pro.
Apple’s M1 8-core chip and 8-core graphics combination ensures snappy responsiveness and smooth gameplay. Touch ID and Apple Pay functionality allow for fast and secure payments. And what’s more, the 5th generation iPad Air works with Apple Pencil and Apple Magic Keyboard (both sold separately).
Weighing in a 1 pound and 9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches, the iPad Air 5 looks identical to the iPad Air 4 (9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches and 1 pounds). It’s slightly lighter than the Microsoft Surface Go 2 (9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches, 1.2 pounds) and on par with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (10 x 6.5 x 0.25 inches and 1.1 pounds).
Now $100 off, the iPad Air 5 is a must if you want to snag Apple’s fastest, lightweight tablet for less.