2022 iPad Air 5 Features, Specs, Pricing, and More

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Apple today announced the 5th-generation iPad Air, powered by the M1 chip, at its ‘Peek Performance’ event. The 2022 iPad Air is “the most powerful and versatile iPad Air ever,” says Apple.

“Whether it’s a college student taking elaborate notes, a content creator working on their latest project, or a gamer playing graphics-intensive titles, users love iPad Air for its amazing performance and versatility in such a portable design,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

“With the breakthrough M1 chip, Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and ultra-fast 5G, iPad Air is now more powerful, more capable, and simply more fun than ever.”


The iPad Air 5 transcends beyond Apple’s A-series iPhone chips and packs Apple’s very first custom silicon — the M1. M1 equips the iPad Air with an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 8GB of RAM for unrivalled performance.

The new iPad Air is only the second iPad ever to come with an M1 chip under the hood, following in the footsteps of last year’s iPad Pro. The iPad Air 5 also features a new 12 MP ultra-wide FaceTime camera on the front, 5G connectivity, and a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display.


Faster USB-C Connectivity — According to Apple, the USB-C port on the new iPad Air boasts up to 2x faster transfer speeds.

Center Stage — The iPad Air now supports Center Stage functionality for video calls, just like the iPad Pro and iPad mini.

Touch ID — The new iPad Air comes with Apple’s uber-secure Touch ID, built right into the Power button.

Support for Accessories — Apple’s 2022 iPad Air is compatible with the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Smart Folio cover.


Here’s the Canadian pricing for the new M1 iPad Air:


You can order the new iPad Air starting Friday, March 11, with the official launch slated for Friday, March 18. The 2022 iPad Air is available with either 64GB or 256GB of internal storage in the following colourways: space gray, starlight, pink, purple, and a stunning new blue.