iPad Air 5 Launch Rumoured for Spring 2022: Report

Apple may announce the iPad Air (5th generation) alongside the iPhone SE (3rd generation) sometime in the spring of 2022, a reliable source in China told the Japanese tech website MacOtakara

According to the rumour, the iPad Air 5 features the same design language as its predecessor, the iPad Air 4 from 2020.

The hardware, on the other hand, is modelled after last year’s iPad mini 6, with an A15 Bionic chipset, a 12MP super wide-angle FaceTime HD camera on the front, quad-LED True Tone flash, and 5G support.

If the iPad Air 5 does end up with the upgraded FaceTime camera, all iPads across Apple’s lineup of current offerings will feature ultra-wide-angle lenses in the front camera with support for center frames.

The same publication reported in June of last year that the 2022 iPad Air would sport an OLED display. While that rumour certainly had some substance to it, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in October that Apple ultimately decided to nix OLED displays for the new iPad Air model.

We have previously also seen rumours of Apple taking inspiration from the iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) for the iPad Air 5’s chassis design and a two-lens rear camera, but as we get closer to the tablet actually being unveiled, it is starting to look like we’ll see a similar chassis to the iPad Air 4 and a single-lens camera on the back.