Apple introduces new iPad Air powered by M1

Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0

Apple M1-powered iPad Air. Credit: Apple

Apple has introduced the new iPad Air with its M1 chip. Available in a new array of colors, iPad Air also features the new Ultra-Wide front camera with Center Stage for a more natural video conferencing experience, a USB-C port with up to 2x faster transfer speeds, and 5G on cellular models.

Advanced cameras and compatibility with the latest accessories enable users, including content creators, gamers, and students, to push the boundaries of creativity, productivity, and self-expression, said Apple. The new iPad Air is available to order beginning March 11 and will be in stores beginning March 18.

The M1 chip in iPad Air delivers a performance boost, power efficiency and all-day battery life. The 8-core CPU delivers up to 60% faster performance, and the 8-core GPU delivers up to 2x faster graphics performance compared to the previous iPad Air.

Combined with the CPU and GPU, a 16-core Neural Engine powers advanced machine learning (ML) functions that enable next-level experiences. From editing multiple streams of 4K video to playing graphics-intensive games, redesigning a room in 3D, and more realistic augmented reality (AR), the performance of M1 enables users to do more with iPad Air, said Apple.

The new iPad Air comes in an array of colors and features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display for an immersive visual experience, with 3.8 million pixels and advanced technologies, including 500 nits of brightness, full lamination, a P3 wide color gamut, True Tone, and an anti-reflective screen coating.

Combined with the Liquid Retina display, landscape stereo speakers in iPad Air deliver stereo sound. Touch ID is built into the top button of iPad Air.

Wi-Fi models of iPad Air are available with a starting price of US$599 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at US$749. The new iPad Air comes in 64GB and 256GB configurations.