June 23, 2024

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iPad Air generations – all models latest and updated list in 2023

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iPad air generations

Here is the updated list of iPad air generations. You can check now to find out all latest and best iPad air models for digital creatives.

As now in market a number of generations are available with new updates, so it is bit difficult to find out the right product for personal use. This guide will take you through all the iPad air generations currently available in the market and help you in savings!

So far the 5 generations of iPad air has been launched. The first gen iPad air was launched in 2013 and the latest one 5th gen iPad Air launched in 2022.

The next gen iPad Air with M2 chip will announced in few days in Sep 2023 Apple’s event along with the iPhone 15 series handsets!

iPad Air Generation 5

Specs:

  • Build: Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
  • Type: Wi-fi, WiFi Cellular
  • Weight: 461 g (Wi-Fi) / 462 g (5G) (1.02 lb)
  • Display: Liquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ)
  • Size: 10.9 inches, 359.2 cm2 (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1640 x 2360 pixels (~264 ppi density)
  • Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • OS: iPadOS 15.4, up to iPadOS 15.7, upgradable to iPadOS 16.5
  • Chipset: Apple M1
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×3.2 GHz & 4xX.X GHz)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (8-core graphics)
  • Internal: 64GB, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Main Camera: Single 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF
  • Video: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
  • Selfie camera: Single 12 MP, f/2.4, 122˚ (ultrawide)
  • Sound: Loudspeaker with stereo speakers
  • Comms: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR
  • Positioning: GPS, GLONASS (5G model only)
  • NFC: No
  • Radio: No
  • USB: USB Type-C 3.1 Gen2, DisplayPort, magnetic connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (top-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Battery: Li-Ion (28.6 Wh), non-removable

Colors:

  • Space Gray,
  • Starlight,
  • Pink,
  • Purple,and
  • Blue

Pros:

  • Powerful iPad with M1
  • Clean and Neat Design
  • Strong Body
  • Easy to Carry in Hand
  • Bright & Stunning Display

Cons:

  • It is Expensive
  • Too Close to iPad Pro
  • 64GB is Low Storage
  • Still no Face ID
  • Poor Front Face Camera

Where to buy:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Apple online via apple.com
  • Apple offline via retail stores

iPad Air Generation 4

Specs:

  • Build: Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
  • Type: Wi-fi, WiFi Cellular
  • Weight: 458 g (Wi-Fi) / 460 g (3G/LTE) (1.01 lb)
  • Display: Liquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ)
  • Size: 10.9 inches, 359.2 cm2 (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1640 x 2360 pixels (~264 ppi density)
  • Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • OS:iPadOS 14.1, up to iPadOS 15.7, upgradable to iPadOS 16.5
  • Chipset: Apple A14
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2×3.0 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • Internal: 64GB, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Main Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF
  • Video: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
  • Selfie camera: 7 MP, f/2.0, 31mm (standard)
  • Sound: Loudspeaker with stereo speakers
  • Comms: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR
  • Positioning: GPS, GLONASS (LTE model only)
  • NFC: No
  • Radio: No
  • USB: USB Type-C, magnetic connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (top-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Battery: Li-Ion 7606 mAh (28.93 Wh), non-removable

Colors:

  • Space Gray,
  • Silver,
  • Rose Gold,
  • Green and
  • Sky Blue

Pros:

  • Attractive Design
  • Faster than iPad Pro models of same gen
  • Easy to Hold
  • Support for the well-designed Apple Pencil 2.
  • Type -c is awesome.

Cons:

  • Low storage, min should be 128GB
  • Higher storage is quite costly
  • No option to expand the memory
  • Both camera quality is just ok!!

Where to buy:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Apple online via apple.com
  • Apple offline via retail stores
  • Local stores

iPad Air Generation 3

Specs:

  • Build: Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
  • Type: Wi-fi, WiFi Cellular
  • Weight: 456 g (Wi-Fi) / 464 g (3G/LTE) (1.01 lb)
  • Display: Liquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ)
  • Size: 10.5 inches, 341.4 cm2 (~78.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1668 x 2224 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~265 ppi density)
  • Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • OS: iOS 12.1.3, up to iPadOS 15.7, upgradable to iPadOS 16.5
  • Chipset: Apple A12
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • Internal: 64GB, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Main Camera: 8 MP, f/2.4, 31mm (standard), 1.12µm, AF
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)
  • Sound: Loudspeaker with stereo speakers
  • Comms: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR
  • Positioning: GPS, GLONASS (LTE model only)
  • NFC: No
  • Radio: No
  • USB: Lightning, USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (top-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Battery: Li-Po 8134 mAh, non-removable (30.8 Wh)

Colors:

  • Space Gray,
  • Silver, and
  • Gold

Pros:

  • Touch ID support.
  • Thin and impressive Design.
  • Viewing angles are great.
  • Easy to hold and carry.
  • Support for Apple Pencil 1.

Cons:

  • Base model should come with 128GB.
  • Lighting port is bit annoying.
  • Same old gen design (nothing new).

Where to buy:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Apple online via apple.com
  • Apple offline via retail stores
  • Local stores

In addition to that Apple launched iPad Air 2 in 2014 and iPad Air 1 in 2013. Both these products now discontinued and quite old.

There is no reason to buy Apple iPad Air Generation 2 and Apple iPad Air Generation 1 from the online or offline stores. Because the hardware and software are quite old and no security updates are available.

You can not even upgrade the old gen Apple of ipad air like 1 and 2 to iOS 16 or iOS 17. And hence you can’t update, you can’t watch movies on Netflix, Amazon prime.

Some of the apps won’t work and hence the there is no scope to buy these outdated iPads from the local or online stores.

The best thing is that, the above 3 iPad Air are available in the market and you can easily upgrade to latest iOS 16. Because you can update them to latest iOS, you can easily run video streaming apps, creative apps, and news apps without any issue.

So guys that’s all about the iPad air generations.

We recommend go with the latest version of iPad Air having 256GB storage and M1 chip. This the product, which you can use to create projects, to expressing your creativity or for playing an immersive game, iPad is a fun and powerful way to get it done!

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