Skip to main content

Last-minute iPad Air 5 rumors put the mighty M1 chip inside

With merely hours left before Apple lifts the covers from the fifth-generation iPad Air, a couple of high-reaching rumors have popped up online promising some massive upgrades without a generation-over-generation price bump. First in line is a report from 9to5Mac claiming that the iPad Air 5 will come armed with the M1 chip.

So far, rumors have been predicting the latest-gen Bionic A-series chip for the 2022 iPad Air refresh. An M1 chip inside the iPad Air 5 will push it straight into the top tiers of tablet performance rankings. Plus, it won’t be surprising to see, as Apple has already fitted the same chip inside the current-gen iPad Pro.

Exclusive: New green iPhone 13 and purple iPad Air launching at March 8 event

— AppleTrack (@appltrack) March 7, 2022

If it turns out to be true, Apple will drastically undercut Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Tab S8 tablets on the pricing front without any compromises in terms of raw firepower. Additionally, 5G support is also said to be a part of the package when buying the cellular model. It’ll cost a hundred dollars or so extra, but it’ll be worth it for around-the-clock connectivity.

Another report from Korean blog Naver wades even further into the “sounds too good to be true” territory. Citing a U.S. developer, the report adds more fuel to the M1 chip rumor. It also claims that the base storage is being bumped to 128GB with the fifth-generation iPad Air, while the amount of RAM inside the base model is also being upgraded to 8GB. Per tech YouTuber Luke Miani, a purple model of the iPad Air might also be in the pipeline.

And here’s the best (read: most skeptical) part. The report claims that all those upgrades will be up for grabs at $599, the same asking price as the previous-gen iPad Air. The list of upgrades is massive, even if the design remains unchanged. However, offering all that hardware goodness for $599 sounds a tad too good to be true. So yeah, take it all with some skepticism and wait a few more hours for Apple’s event to unfold.

Editors' Recommendations

Nadeem Sarwar
Nadeem is a tech journalist who started reading about cool smartphone tech out of curiosity and soon started writing…
Apple’s new iPad Pro keyboard is a bigger deal than you think
iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.

A fresh crop of iPads is here, and this time around, Apple pulled out all the stops. The new models feature an OLED display, new Pro apps, the thinnest chassis ever, and a next-gen M-processor that has yet to appear elsewhere save for the new iPad Pros. Starting at $999, Apple is charging quite some premium for its new slates. But what truly stood out to me was the new Magic Keyboard — and for multiple reasons.

This one has a full row of function keys and a dedicated escape button. For a device that wants to compete with a laptop, the lack of an escape key was quite a bummer, as was the lack of quick-control function keys. Heck, the Magic Keyboard for the base iPad got that perk, so it was an overdue tweak for the flagship iPadss.

Read more
Does the iPad Air (2024) have a 120Hz display?
An official photo of the 2024 iPad Air.

During its “Let Loose” event, Apple announced two new iPad Air models, with one featuring an 11-inch screen and the other boasting a 13-inch screen. But those weren’t the only upgrades. The slates also come with a new placement for the 12MP front-facing camera, beefed-up Spatial Audio thanks to landscape speakers, and double the bass for the larger model, among other additions.

But one of the biggest requests Apple fans have been making for years now is a 120Hz screen. With premium Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, and Tab S9 Ultra boasting a rich, high-refresh OLED display at 120Hz, the iPad Air series has long felt like it's a few hardware steps back compared to the top-tier Android tablets. So, does this new iPad Air for 2024 have a 120Hz display?
Does the iPad Air (2024) have a 120Hz display?

Read more
Which iPads does the Apple Pencil Pro work with? Here’s the full list
A photo of someone drawing with the Apple Pencil Pro.

With four new iPad models announced during Apple’s “Let Loose” event, there was plenty for Apple fans to like. A new iPad Pro and iPad Air were announced, with 11-inch and 13-inch models for each. Apple also lowered the price of its 10th-generation iPad, giving it a very welcome $100 price cut.

With all the excitement over the new slates and the OLED iPad Pro, it was probably easy to overlook that accessories weren’t neglected during “Let Loose." There’s a new Apple Pencil Pro that works with several of the tablets that were newly announced, along with a new Magic Keyboard. But which iPads does the new Apple Pencil Pro work with? That's what we're here to clear up.
Which iPads does the Apple Pencil Pro work with?

Read more