The USB-C port supports up to 2x faster transfer speeds than the previous iPad Air
Because the M1 chip powers iPad Air now, there is now 8GB inside…double the previous generation
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps is now supported on the front-facing and rear cameras
The Wi-Fi only version of the new iPad Air weighs are negligible 0.02 pounds more than last generation
One of the flagship features is 5G…but this tablet only supports the slower sub-6 GHz standard (not the ultra-fast mmWave)
Sam’s take: Overall, this is an incredibly small update…unless you consider the M1 chip inside, which you can now get in an iPad for $599. That’ll be pointless for most folks, though, considering that iPadOS continues to be so limited year after year. Aside from that, the faster USB-C port is nice, I guess?
Ian’s Take: I am very excited for this event. At first, it seemed like an event for the new iPhone SE and iPad Air with a small Mac upgrade on the side. Now that we have Mark Gurman confirming the release of 2 new Macs, it is becoming clear to me that this event is about M2 Macs with the iPhone SE and iPad Air being secondary.
The leak: Apple is preparing to release new products soon, according to import data seen by 91mobiles.
Here’s what has reportedly been imported to India for testing…
A budget iPhone with a price of around ~$300 (models A2595, A2783 and A2784)
A new iPad with a price between $500-700 (models A2588 and A2589)
A budget iPad priced at ~$300 (models A2757 and A2761)
Apple is said to hold an event to announce these new products in March or April.
Our take: Even more confirmation that a new iPhone SE and iPad Air are getting ready to launch. Curiously, 91mobiles also cites a new budget iPad, too. Considering that Apple just updated it in September, would we really see a new one this soon? I doubt it.
Our take: While it sounds like the new $329 iPad and iPad Air updates will be more minor, the biggest iPad Pro update since the flat-edge redesign in 2018 is set to take place next year. This all-glass design sounds stunning, and I can’t believe we will finally be getting wireless charging after all this time.
The rumor: Apple is planning to put OLED in new iPad models coming next year, according to The Elec (75% accurate).
The Elec says a 10.86-inch iPad with an OLED display is coming in 2022…which is the exact size of the current iPad Air
Apple will be reportedly transitioning their Pro iPads to OLED in 2023, the following year
Our take: I’m still so skeptical of Apple’s full conversion of iPads to OLED when they just announced Mini-LED on iPad Pro in April of this year. That being said, OLED is the best looking display tech on the market right now…so, maybe?