iPad Air 2022: Australian specs, price and release date

Posted: 9 March 2022 11:30 am
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Apple is bringing some massive upgrades to the iPad Air including an M1 processor and 5G connectivity.

The Apple iPad Air is getting a serious upgrade compared to its 2020 predecessor. If Apple can be believed, the new model will be up to 60% faster thanks to the inclusion of an M1 processor. The cellular model now comes with 5G connectivity too.

Read on for the Australian specifications, pricing and release date. You can also see how it compares to the existing 2020 iPad Air which was 4G only.

When will the iPad Air 2022 be available in Australia?

The new iPad Air range will be available for pre-order in Australia from 12am AEDT on 12 March 2022. Actual availability starts on 18 March 2022.

How much do the new iPad Air tablets cost?

iPad Air pricing starts at $929. In Australia, the 64GB Wi-Fi model will cost you $929, while the 256GB will sell for $1,129. If you want the SIM card version with 5G, you're looking at $1,159 and $1,389 for the aforementioned storage sizes.

What colours will be available?

The iPad Air will be available in a choice of Space Grey, Starlight, Pink, Purple and Blue. All finishes are coming to Australia, so there's no need to import if your heart is set on a fancier colour.

iPad Air 2022 specs

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As mentioned above, the iPad Air's main claim to fame is its M1 processor, which finally puts it on par with the iPad Mini and iPad Pro. This gives the tablet a significant power boost over the current Air model – up to 60% faster in processor terms and up to 2 times faster for GPU calculations. It also gains Center Stage compatibility for Apple's ultra-wide zooming group video chat features.

The other big improvement is 5G connectivity if you stump for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The front camera has also received an upgrade.

Here's how the new 5G model compares to its predecessor:

ModelApple iPad Air 2020 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Display10.9 inches10.9 inches
Resolution2,360x1,640 pixels2,360x1,640 pixels
Rear camera12MP Wide camera12MP Wide camera
Front camera7MP12MP
ProcessorA14 BionicApple M1 chip
Battery lifeUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
Network4G LTE5G
ColoursSilver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Green, Sky BlueSpace Grey, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue
Price$1,099 / $1,329$1,159 / $1,389

Apple iPad deals

If you're looking to get an iPad on the cheap, now is a pretty good time to buy. Just be mindful that you won't be getting any of the brand new features as these are all pre-2022 models.

$50 off Apple iPad Air on Amazon
$50 off Apple iPad Air on Amazon

Amazon is selling the 2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) for $849, down from an RRP of $899.

Buy now for $849 (was $899)
$160 off Apple iPad Pro
$160 off Apple iPad Pro

Amazon is selling the 2021 Apple iPad Pro (M1 chip, Wi-Fi, 256GB) in Space Grey for $1,639, down from an RRP of $1,799.

Buy now for $1,639 (was $1,799)
$499 Apple iPad
$499 Apple iPad

Amazon is selling the 2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi, 64GB) in Silver for $499. Amazon Prime customers also get free delivery.

Buy now for $499

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