Today’s Apple event witnessed the debut of a fresh new iPad Air, as well as the new iPhone SE. Apple’s mid-tier tablet is still a good fit between the low-cost iPad and the more costly iPad Pro variants. The iPad Air is powered by Apple’s M1 chipset and has optional 5G functionality (through eSIM), while the base model is Wi-Fi-only as usual.
The M1 processor is unquestionably the standout feature here, as it allows the iPad Air to compete in terms of performance with the iPad Pro (although, in true Apple tradition, the Air is likely to have less RAM).
Other iPad Air enhancements include a new ultrawide front camera with Center Stage that automatically pans during video conversations to keep you in view as you walk around and senses when others come in, gracefully zooming out to accommodate them as well. This experience is now available on all iPads. The new tablet is made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, 100 percent recycled tin in the main logic board’s solder, and 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the enclosure and audio magnets.