Apple is working on an upgraded iPad Air, which will be unveiled this spring at an event scheduled for March 8. We don’t expect many changes to the iPad Air, but there will be a few. Everything we know so far is described in this guide.
Release Date and Price
According to rumors, the new iPad Air will be unveiled with an improved version of the iPhone SE at an event scheduled for March. Apple is currently planning an event for Tuesday, March 8th.
The iPad Air pricing, on the other hand, is unlikely to change, and it will most likely remain the same as the present iPad Air. Existing versions start at $599 with 64GB of storage and $749 for 256GB. We haven’t heard anything regarding capacity changes, and the iPad mini 6 comes with 64GB of storage as too.
The iPad Air is likely to look identical to the present model, with no modifications to the outer appearance. It’s probable that Apple may add additional color options to differentiate the revised iPad Air from the current iPad Air, which is available in silver, space grey, rose gold, green, and sky blue.
Moreover, the iPad Air, like the iPad Pro, has an all-display design, although it lacks Face ID. Instead, Apple employs a Touch ID Power button for authentication. Touch ID will remain on the tablet, and it will include a 10.9-inch display and a USB-C connection.
The iPad Air is expected to have the same 6-core A15 processor as the iPad mini 6 and iPhone 13 models. The A15 processor in the iPad mini has been downclocked to 2.9GHz from 3.2GHz in the iPhone, but it’s unclear whether the same clock speed will be utilized in the iPad Air.
The iPad mini will be two to eight percent slower than the iPhone 13 in terms of CPU speed thanks to the downclocked A15, but it will still be an upgrade over the current model’s A14 processor. It will easily perform complex functions such as iPhone transfers and much more seamlessly.
The redesigned iPad Air, like the new iPad mini, will include a 5G processor that will let it connect to 5G networks. The iPad mini’s processor is limited to sub-6GHz 5G networks rather than the fastest mmWave 5G networks, thus it’s likely, but not sure, that the iPad Air will have the same constraint.
Sub-6GHz 5G is the more generally available variant of 5G, with coverage in cities, suburbs, and rural regions across the United States and other nations, whereas mmWave 5G has a smaller coverage area and range.
Because AT&T and Verizon have extended their 5G networks with a C-band spectrum, increasing the availability of mmWave networks in the United States, it’s probable that Apple may consider this when upgrading the iPad Air.
FaceTime Camera and the Center Stage
According to rumors, the iPad Air will come with an improved 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera that will operate with Center Stage, a feature initially seen on the iPad Pro and iPad mini 6.
When you’re on a FaceTime video conversation, Center Stage is a FaceTime feature that keeps you in focus and ideally framed. The iPad’s CPU works to keep you front and center even as you walk around, thanks to the wide-angle front-facing camera that displays more of the space you’re in.
If there is more than one person on the call, the camera will zoom out to make sure everyone is visible and included in the conversation. Center Stage was created with FaceTime in mind, but it also works with third-party video apps like Zoom.
The back camera is believed to remain a single-lens system, however, Apple might include a quad-LED True Tone flash, which would be a new feature given that the current iPad Air does not have one.
Other than that, we don’t foresee any significant modifications to the iPad Air. Because the body design isn’t changing, we’re unlikely to see any big battery life improvements. Furthermore, USB-C support will be maintained, and it will be compatible with Apple peripherals like the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2.
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