Summary of overseas reviews of the '5th Generation iPad Air', which is highly rated as 'most recommended'
the 5th generation iPad Air during a new product launch event . By changing the SoC to M1, which has been highly evaluated by overseas media as a unique silicon for Mac, CPU performance has been improved by up to 60%, and some evolutions have been made. The release date is March 18, 2022 (Friday), but many IT media that I got earlier have posted review articles.
On March 9, 2022, Apple announced
iPad Air-Apple (Japan)
The main specifications of the 5th generation iPad Air are as follows.
|247.6 mm (vertical) x 178.5 mm (horizontal) x 6.1 mm (thickness)
|Wi-Fi model: 461g / Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 462g
|2360x1640 pixels, 264ppi
|64GB / 128GB
|12MP wide-angle camera, aperture value ƒ / 1.8
|4K video shooting (24fps, 25fps, 30fps or 60fps), 1080p HD video shooting (25fps, 30fps or 60fps), 720p HD video shooting (30fps)
|FaceTime HD front camera
|12MP super wide-angle front camera, 122 ° viewing angle / aperture value ƒ / 2.4, 1080p HD video shooting (25fps, 30fps or 60fps)
|Wireless communication method
|All models: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz / 5GHz), MIMO compatible HT80, Bluetooth 5.0 / Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 5G NR
|Charging and expandability
|USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2 (maximum 10Gb / s), DisplayPort compatible)
|Power and battery
|Internet access over Wi-Fi, video playback: up to 10 hours, built-in 28.6Wh rechargeable lithium polymer battery
◆ The Verge
Apple iPad Air (2022) review: it's the nice one --The Verge
The Verge said, 'The 5th generation iPad Air is almost the same as the 2020 model (4th generation iPad Air). The design, display, speaker, rear camera, and Touch ID of fingerprint authentication function are all from the 2020 model. The front camera is the same as the existing 4th generation iPad. The housing is the same as the 4th generation iPad Air, so it is compatible with existing accessories such as cases, keyboards, and Apple Pencil. ' ..
So what's new is that you can get a combination of these features for $ 599. This is the lowest price you can get for Apple's impressive M1 chip.
The 5th Generation iPad Air has clearly better features than the 4th Generation iPad Air, but it's not necessarily better than the 3rd Generation 11-inch iPad Pro and is a replacement for the notebook PC. The Verge points out that it is not a thing. In addition, it is a 'good option' for anyone who wants to use features such as reading, watching videos, games, and memos on the iPad.
The Verge points out that the bad thing about the 5th generation iPad Air is that it has only two storages, 64GB and 256GB.
iPad Air 2022 Review: Refined Balance --MacStories
MacStories are the 5th generation iPad Air with M1 chip, 4th generation iPad Air with A14 Bionic, iPhone 13 Pro Max with A15 Bionic, 3rd generation 11 inch iPad Pro with M1 chip, MacBook Air with M1 chip. We are doing a CPU benchmark test on five devices. The results are summarized in the table below, and M1 chip-equipped terminals have the same score for both single-core and multi-core. In other words, the M1 chip of the 5th generation iPad Air is not downclocked to intentionally limit performance.
MacStories wrote that after using the 5th generation iPad Air for 6 days, 'it was as fast as the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro with the same M1 chip when it comes to surfing, reading, watching videos, etc.' .. MacStories said, 'Sure, there is a difference between the 16GB RAM of the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro and the 8GB RAM of the 5th generation iPad Air, and the less memory means that there are fewer Safari tabs that can be saved. That's all I noticed in six days. Thanks to the M1, the 5th generation iPad Air is as performant and energy efficient as the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro. '
Apple iPad Air (2022) review: A new standard for tablets | Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide says, 'It goes without saying that a tablet weighing 461g is easy to carry. You can stingy that there is no headphone jack, but other Apple devices have recently eliminated the headphone jack. It's not a big deal considering that we are there. '
The 10.9 inch Liquid Retina display of the 5th generation iPad Air adopts the same as the 4th generation iPad Air, and the brightness is up to 500 nits according to the specifications written on the official website. However, Tom's Guide states that when actually using the 5th generation iPad Air, 'the display seemed to be a little brighter.' When Tom's Guide conducted a display brightness test, it pointed out that the 5th generation iPad Air was 484 nits, which is the same as the 9th generation iPad (2021 model), but the 4th generation iPad Air was as low as 440 nits. increase.
In addition, the coverage of the sRGB color gamut is extremely excellent at 111.8%, the coverage of the DCI-P3 color space is 79.2%, and the Delta-E color difference, which is said to be closer to 0, is 0.29, and the color accuracy is also high. Tom's Guide describes it as excellent.
Overall, Tom's Guide says, 'All video services such as YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix look great on the screen of a relatively small 5th generation iPad Air. I think it's the perfect tablet to watch your favorite YouTube channel.' I evaluated it. However, accessories such as keyboards still suffer from the high price.
◆ Ars Technica
2022 iPad Air review: M1, other tablets 0 | Ars Technica
Ars Technica said, 'The big thing that the 5th generation iPad Air has evolved from the 4th generation iPad Air is that the cellular model supports 5G and the transfer speed of the USB Type-C port has doubled. Of course, 5G. Communication may not be beneficial depending on where you live, and the USB Type-C port isn't important for those who don't do wired file transfers. The rear camera hasn't evolved, but the front camera is 7MP. Has become a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and now supports a center frame that automatically tracks the person in the picture. '
The USB Type-C transfer speed of the 5th generation iPad Air is twice that of the 4th generation iPad Air's USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), but unlike the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro, Thunderbolt Please note that it does not correspond to 4. This means that the 5th generation iPad Air isn't compatible with Thunderbolt-enabled accessories.
Ars Technica points out that the difference between the two is primarily a design difference, given that there is little difference in performance compared to the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro. For example, the bezel width is a little thicker on the 5th generation iPad Air. Compared to the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro, the 5th generation iPad Air has lower refresh rates than the 60Hz and 120Hz ProMotion displays, and the speakers and microphones are also less durable, Ars Technica said. In addition, Apple's genuine iPad-related accessories are expensive, which is a drawback.
In addition, there is no Face ID for face recognition on the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro, and you have to use the top button Touch ID. There is no augmented reality (AR) app on the 3rd generation 11-inch iPad Pro, nor is LiDAR offering 3D scanning.
Ars Technica said, 'Anyway, the 5th Generation iPad Air is arguably the best Apple tablet available at this price. Probably enough to encourage anyone with an iPad series after 2020 to upgrade. But if you're buying an older device, the 5th Generation iPad is the most recommended tablet. '