Released in the spring of 2022, Apple’s iPad Air 5 is a current-generation model. It’s the first non-Pro iPad to carry the M1 processor. That change alone is a meaningful upgrade over the previous model (the Air 4), but there are plenty of additional reasons to consider the Air 5.
The 5th-generation model has a new 12 MP ultra-wide front camera that boasts Apple’s Center Stage technology, which dynamically pans the camera view to keep people in the center of the screen as you move around or as more people join the video chat. The Air 5 also supports 5G cellular connections and is compatible with Apple’s second-generation pencil, which attaches and charges magnetically.
The speed of the M1 chip is immediately evident in the smoothness with which iPadOS operates. When spending time in complex applications like photo and video editors, every action feels snappier. Gamers will love the increased graphical chops of the M1 — it has double the number of GPU cores as the A14 chip it replaces.
The bottom line? The used iPad Air 5 is a pro-level machine without the pro-level price. To compare it with other iPad options, see our complete iPad line-up.