iPad Air 5 to Match iPad Pro Performance with M1 Chip

Report: New 2022 iPad Air To Debut This Spring with 5G, Center Stage
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Last-minute rumors start to heat up, and this exclusive report from 9to5Mac is no exception. We expect Apple to update the iPad Air to match with new features found in iPad mini 6, including Center Stage and 5G.

What we didn’t expect from the upcoming 5th generation iPad Air (codenamed J408) is that it will feature the same M1 chip found in the current iPad Pro and Apple Silicon Macs. Instead of featuring the iPhone 13’s/iPad mini’s A15 chip, this processor upgrade will further narrow the gap between the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. Therefore, it would be more difficult to recommend an iPad Pro to anyone if that will be the case. However, the iPad Pro has a number of features that stand out from the lineup, including ProMotion, LiDAR scanner, and Face ID. We can still expect an update to the iPad Pro later this year.

Putting in an M-class Apple Silicon chip will allow the iPad Air to be a more competitive laptop replacement along with the Magic Keyboard. What do you think about this upcoming leap in performance? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Soong
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