New iPad air 2022: Release date, cost, features and how to pre-order Apple’s latest tablet in the UK – The Independent
Apple has revealed its latest-generation iPad air. Announced at a product launch event on 8 March, the tablet takes advantage of the company’s supercharged M1 processor and debuts a range of new exterior colourways.
The new tablet shares the same overall look as its predecessor, and it runs the same Apple-designed iPadOS operating system. But the big difference should be the way it performas, thanks to that speedy M1 chip that’s also used by some of Apple’s MacBook laptops.
If you’re looking for a laptop replacement, the iPad air could be just the ticket, thanks to its compatibility with Apple’s second-generation Pencil stylus and keyboard cases. There’s also the option for 5G connectivity, too.
The fifth-generation iPad air is available to buy in-store and online from 18 March. But as is often the case with Apple, it can be pre-ordered ahead of that date.
Pre-orders open on the Apple website at 1pm GMT on 11 March, which is this Friday.
iPad air 2022: £569, Apple.com – available to pre-order 11 March
- Screen size and resolution: 10.9in, 2,360 x 1640, 264 ppi
- Screen technology: LED
- Storage capacity: 64/256GB
- Camera (rear): 12MP wide
- Camera (front): 12MP ultra-wide
- Dimensions: 247.6mm x 178.5mm x 6.1mm
- Weight: 461g
- Headphone jack? No
- Wireless-chargeable? No
- 5G? Yes (optional)
As well as featuring the new M1 processor, which is also used by the MacBook pro, Mac mini and iPad pro, the updated tablet is available in a range of new colours. The aluminium body can be had in “space grey”, pink, purple, blue and “starlight” (which is Apple’s name for off-white).
The latest iPad air is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage, and 5G connectivity is also an optional extra. The tablet is compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil stylus and a pair of keyboard cases called the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.
New for the fifth-generation iPad air is the same wide-angle selfie camera as used by the iPad pro, which has a feature called Center Stage that zooms and pans to keep you in view when moving around the room while on a video call.
Apple claims the M1 chip makes the iPad air 60 per cent faster than its predecessor, with twice the graphical performance.
Prices start at £569 for the iPad air with 64GB of storage, rising to £719 for the 256GB model. Adding 5G connectivity increases these prices to £719 and £869 respectively.
When can you pre-order the new iPad air in the UK?
The latest, fifth-generation iPad air will be available to pre-order in the UK from 1pm on 11 March. Shipping and in-store sales will begin on 18 March, the same as the equally new, third-generation iPhone SE.
How long does it take to get the iPad air after pre-order?
This depends on when you place your order. The first customers to pre-order their iPad air should receive the device on the 18 March release date. However, those who pre-order later might have to wait slightly longer. It all depends on how much stock Apple has and how popular the iPad air is when pre-orders …….