Rumors about the launch of a new iPad Air variant with a faster processor have finally been answered. Through the launch of the Apple Event themed “Peek Performance”. The iPad Air M1 comes with the same design and focuses on internal updates.
The presence of the iPad Air M1 has certainly been eagerly awaited by consumers. This tablet is Apple’s latest tablet to use the M1 chip after the iPad Pro. According to Greg Joswiak, senior VP, Worldwide Marketing, Apple, iPad Air users have various usage schemes. Starting from students, content creators, to gamers. He also said, “iPad Air M1 is now more powerful, more capable, and more fun to use than ever before”.
iPad Air M1 Camera Equivalent to iPad Pro
In terms of design, this tablet has not had many changes. The appearance is still similar to the iPad Pro. The screen measures 10.9 inches with four thin bezels. Capable of displaying 3.8 million pixels, DCI-P3 color standard and supports Apple Pencil stylus. Comes with new color options, namely blue, in addition to space gray, starlight, pink, and purple.
On the side, you can find a four-speaker stereo setup, a power button that also functions as a Touch ID, and a USB-C port. Different from the previous generation, this port has twice the speed, which is up to 10Gbps. So it supports a variety of accessories up to 6K monitors though. This tablet is also available in the 5G option and consumers can still buy it in the WiFi-only variant. The camera on the back is still the same, has a resolution of 12MP. However, now the front camera sensor is updated with an extra-wide capture.
There is a Center Stage feature, now users can enjoy a feature that automatically captures faces that are right in the center of the frame. When someone else enters the frame, the camera adjusts so that everyone is captured on camera.
With the Apple M1 chipset will provide a significant performance increase. 8-core CPU makes this tablet have 60% better performance. While the GPU which is also 8-core is claimed to be twice as fast. Plus a 16-core Neural Engine which is suitable for processing applications with 3D graphics, augmented reality, and games with heavy visual displays.
This latest tablet already runs iPadOS 15.4 and Apple will release this latest software to other supported iPad lines in the near future. This update brings a number of great collaboration features. Like Universal Control, which allows users to control multiple Apple devices with just one mouse and keyboard. If you’re interested, the iPad Air M1 retails for $599 for the 64GB WiFi-only version. As for the 5G version, it retails for $749.