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Apple event on March 8: this we know about the iPad Air 5 | Digital Trends Spanish


A revamped iPad Air tablet is one of the surprises Apple’s March 8 event could leave behind. However, can we expect profound changes? Or is it more about cosmetic adjustments? This is everything we know about the iPad Air 5 from Apple.

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With Apple updating the standard iPad and iPad mini in September 2021, the introduction of tweaks to the iPad Air 4 appears to be one of the safe bets for the spring event. In fact, almost two years have passed since the arrival of this model.

Design and display

The iPad Air 5 would arrive without major design changes compared to its 2020 predecessor. Andrew Martonik/Digital Trends

The iPad Air 4 was the first Apple tablet to eliminate on-screen bezels and include Touch ID on the frame, which allowed it to replace the physical home button on the front and dispense with Face ID for authentication.

However, it is unlikely that the fifth generation of the iPad Air will introduce such profound changes. In fact, rumors suggest that it would have the same design as the previous model, although it would offer more color alternatives.

Although it will keep the 10.9-inch screen, there are differences regarding the technology of the panel. Although the initial versions, such as those of the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, pointed out that it would use OLED technology, the most recent reports indicate that it will retain the TFT-LCD standard.

In fact, TFT-LCD technology is what Apple uses in all of its tablets, with the exception of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is equipped with a mini-LED screen.

Performance and connectivity

iPad Air in laptop mode with Magic Keyboard
iPad Air in laptop mode with Magic Keyboard.

Where changes are expected is inside the tablet. In fact, it may once again outperform the iPad mini to be more like the iPad mini. 11-inch iPad Pro, according to Japanese site MacOtakara citing a Chinese supplier.

Although in terms of storage it would keep the two variants of 64 GB and 256 GB, it will make a jump from the A14 Bionic chip to the A15 Bionic, the same one that powers the iPad mini 6 and the iPhone 13. It is unlikely that it will include the A16 chip. Bionic (which has not been announced) or the M1 processor.

Another novelty is that it will come with 5G capabilities instead of the LTE technology of the previous model. However, like the iPad mini, it would be limited to 6GHz band speeds rather than the faster mmWave bands.

In terms of connectivity, it will have a USB-C port and will be compatible with the Magic Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2.

Camera

Partial view of iPad Air showing camera lens to compare iPad Air 4 vs.  iPad (2020)

Major changes to the camera system are also anticipated. The new model will include a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front lens with support for Center Stage, a feature that arrived with the ‌iPad Pro‌ and ‌iPad mini‌ 6 and keeps you focused on a ‌FaceTime‌ video call.

As for the rear camera, some rumors suggest that it will include two standard wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses. However, others point out that it would maintain a single lens, with a four-LED True Tone flash.

Price

The most optimistic expectations suggest that Apple would maintain the current price of the iPad Air. In this way, the 64 GB model would arrive for $599 dollars, while the more powerful 256 GB would cost $749 dollars.

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