iPad Air 5 Leaked with Same M1 Chip as the Pro and Supported 5G


Apple’s spring 2022 special event is less than a day away, and previous leaks suggest it will feature a third-generation iPhone SE, a new Mac model, and possibly a new colorful iPad Air.

9to5Mac now has the latest news that the new iPad will support 5G and the iPad Air 5 will be powered by M1 chips.

It was previously announced that the new iPad Air will use the A15 bionic chip, the same chip found in the iPhone 13 and the sixth-generation iPad Mini. However, Apple also seems to be bringing more performance to the new device to close the gap with the iPad Pro by packing it with a stronger chip.

M1 iPad Air 5
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the iPad Air 5 (codenamed J408) will use the same M1 chip Apple used in the 2021 iPad Pro, as well as in models like the 24-inch iMac and 2020 MacBook Air.

In terms of performance, the M1 chip is about 50 percent better than the A15 bionic chip, and 70 percent better than the A14 bionic chip (the chip in the fourth-generation iPad Air). Igeekphone understands that the A15 Bionic only has a 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU, while the M1 has an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU, plus a minimum memory of 8GB, I’m afraid the performance and pricing of the new phone may be a bit exaggerated.

But why would Apple use the M1 chip in the iPad Air when it already has the iPad Pro with its flagship chip? First of all, the iPad Pro currently stands out from other product lines not only in the chip aspect, but also in the XDR ProMotion display.

Apple is also looking to use the iPad Pro and iPad Air as computer alternatives to its rivals. After all, they both support the Magic Keyboard, so it’s no surprise that the iPad Air will feature desktop-grade chips. And the current entry-level MacBook Air and MacBook Pro rely on M1, even M1 Pro and Max.

Meanwhile, a new version of the iPad Pro is also expected later this year, and it’s expected to have a new chip that’s certainly better than the current M1 chip.

What else to look forward to?
Foreign media sources have also confirmed other rumors about the iPad Air 5, such as the addition of 5G support to the 2021 iPad Pro and iPad Mini 6 last year, and the addition of the new feature to the 2022 iPad Air.

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Foreign media also confirmed that iPad Air 5 will maintain the same display resolution as the current fourth-generation iPad Air. The new iPad is also expected to have an updated front-facing camera that supports Center Stage, so stay tuned!


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