iPad Air (5th Generation)

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iPad Air (5th Generation)
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iPad Air, 5th generation
iPad Air (5th Generation)
Also known asiPad Air 5
2022 iPad Air
Product familyiPad Air
Release dateMarch 18, 2022
Introductory price$599
Operating systemiPadOS 17 Developer Preview
System on a chipApple M1
Memory8 GB
Storage64 GB SSD
Display10.9 in (28 cm) 2360x1640
Connectivity1 USB-C
Power20 W USB-C adapter

The iPad Air is Apple's kind of mid-range iPad, compared to the higher-end iPad Pro and the lower-end iPad and iPad Mini. The 5th generation iPad Air is the first iPad Air to include Apple's new M1 chip. It comes in 5 different color variations: Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Blue. Either 64 GB or 256 GB of storage can be chosen. The iPad Air also has a 10.9 in (28 cm) Liquid Retina display with a 2360 by 1640 resolution. The new M1 chip included with this iPad Air has an 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, an 8-core GPU, a 16-core Neural Engine, and 8 GB of RAM.

Collection Specifics

My specific iPad Air is the Blue, 64 GB model. It was bought from Costco for $499, thanks to a sale, on January 11, 2023. This iPad Air is an upgrade from my old iPad Mini 4, which has become quite slow over the years and Apple has dropped support for it after iPadOS 15.

Operating System

The operating system that would've originally shipped with this device is iPadOS 15.4, though since I bought it in January 2023, iPadOS 16.2 was installed, and currently it's running the iOS 17 Developer Preview, announced on June 5, 2023.