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Title: Imminent iPad Air upgrade could make it as powerful as an iPad Pro
Post by: HCK on March 09, 2022, 04:05:11 pm
Imminent iPad Air upgrade could make it as powerful as an iPad Pro

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<body><section class="wp-block-bigbite-multi-title"><div class="container"></div></section><p>The last time Apple updated the iPad Air way back in the 2020, there was a sense that its very existence made the smaller iPad Pro unappealing. By replicating many of the Pro&rsquo;s features at a more sensible price tag, the 2020 iPad Air (https://www.macworld.com/article/234771/ipad-air-2020-review.html) offered a compelling blend of power and affordability. The world has changed since then, with the Pro line upgraded with M1 processors (https://www.macworld.com/article/349597/apple-12-9-inch-ipad-pro-2021-m1-retina-xdr-review.html) in 2021 and the Air neglected for the entire year. But based on the latest rumors, the Air&rsquo;s glory days could return at the company&rsquo;s Peek Performance spring event (https://www.macworld.com/article/620546/apple-peek-performance-event-last-minute-rumors.html).</p>

<p>According to information seen by <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=111346X1569486&amp;url=https://9to5mac.com/2022/03/07/exclusive-ipad-air-5-to-match-ipad-pro-performance-with-m1-chip-5g/&amp;xcust=1-1-620573-1-0-0&amp;sref=https://www.macworld.com/feed" rel="nofollow">9to5Mac[/url], the new iPad Air (codenamed J408, the site&rsquo;s sources say) will feature the same M1 chip that was previously confined to the iPad Pro and Apple&rsquo;s Mac range. Combined with the 5G capabilities that pundits largely agree will also be added to the Air&rsquo;s feature set, and the Air&rsquo;s existing USB-C port and ability to work with the second-generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, this will elevate the mid-range Apple tablet to the realms of Pro-killer once again.</p>

<p>The M1 chip, as we outlined in our in-depth explainer (https://www.macworld.com/article/234860/apple-silicon-m1-system-on-chip-macbook-air-macbook-pro-mac-mini-imac-m1x-specs-features-intel-apps-rosetta-2.html), is a devastatingly powerful desktop-class component with two more performance cores than the A14 Bionic deployed in the current iPad Air and four more GPU cores. In our Geekbench 5 multi-core testing (https://www.macworld.com/article/349597/apple-12-9-inch-ipad-pro-2021-m1-retina-xdr-review.html), the M1 iPad Pro outperformed the Air 2020 by a wide margin (7,285 to 4,197), an advantage of roughly 74 percent. There are details to be worked out&ndash;namely the how much RAM the Air will get and how many GPU cores it will have&ndash;but the potential for performance gains as apps become more demanding over the coming years is enormous.</p>

<p>Which brings us back to the old question: Why would the average tablet hunter buy the smallest iPad Pro when an up-to-date iPad Air exists? The premium tablet will still have some exclusive features to set itself apart from the rest of the range, such as ProMotion, Thunderbolt support, multi-terabyte storage options, but the 12.9-inch model with its XDR display seems like a no-brainer for well-heeled creative professionals.</p>

<p>The launch may be bad news for the 11-inch iPad Pro, at least until another version appears later this year, but it sounds like good news for the rest of us. That&rsquo;s assuming, of course, that the prediction is correct. We&rsquo;ll find out the truth later today at Apple&rsquo;s Peek Performance event. Tune in with us (https://www.macworld.com/article/620276/peek-performance-event-march-8-how-to-watch.html) for the info you need: Here on Macworld.com we&rsquo;ll be reporting and analyzing all the announcements as they happen, starting at 10 am PT.</p>

Source: Imminent iPad Air upgrade could make it as powerful as an iPad Pro (https://www.macworld.com/article/620573/ipad-air-rumors-m1-5g-11-inch-ipad-pro.html)