The fifth-generation “iPad Air” is a new addition to Apple’s iPad lineup. For those who are considering getting started with an iPad/tablet, this new iPad Air seems like the best option. I will explain why.
As of March 2022, Apple’s iPad lineup includes the top-of-the-line flagship iPad Pro, the high-end iPad Air, the compact 8.3-inch iPad mini, and the cheapest base model, the 9th-generation “unbranded” iPad . .
We’ll compare how the iPad Air performs in these lineups.
In addition to the same high-performance M1 chip as the iPad Pro, it also has Touch ID, which the iPad Pro doesn’t have
First, I’ll explain the features of the 5th generation iPad Air. The “Apple M1” is housed in the system-on-chip that is the brain of this machine. It’s an Apple-designed chip that has the same high processing performance and power savings as the current iPad Pro.
On the other hand, there are some parts that are the same as the 4th-generation iPad Air, such as the full-screen design without buttons and other operating parts on the front, and the body size is 178.5 wide × 247.6 high × 6.1 mm thick.
The Touch ID fingerprint authentication sensor, built into the top button on the side of the iPad Air, securely unlocks the screen and makes electronic payments with Apple Pay while recognizing the user’s fingerprint. The sixth-generation iPad mini also features this top-button-embedded Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
I mostly use an iPad Pro with Face ID, but sometimes it’s inconvenient when I’m on the road wearing a mask and not being able to unlock the screen, which is the case with the 5th-gen iPad Air with fingerprint authentication. For the point, it makes me want it.
Now, if you want to think of the 5th gen iPad Air as an easy-to-use tablet to replace laptops like the iPad Pro, now is the time to buy a Wi-Fi + Cellular model that lets you stretch and perform movements Operational data communication.
The Wi-Fi+Cellular model is 18,000 yen (tax included) more than the Wi-Fi stand-alone model, but once you experience the comfort of a “tablet that can be connected to the Internet at any time” including 4G LTE, you will never be able to There’s no going back. In addition to expanding the freedom to work remotely all at once, the advantage of being able to communicate securely over public Wi-Fi will be a big plus in business scenarios.
The fact that you can use a genuine Apple keyboard is something the iPad mini doesn’t have
The 5th generation iPad Air can be used with genuine Apple keyboard accessories such as Magic Keyboard (34,980 yen including tax) and Smart Keyboard Folio (21,800 yen including tax) connected to the Smart Connector. These do not require Bluetooth pairing setup or separate charging.
In addition to the iPad stand that adjusts the screen angle, it also acts as a sturdy case, so it’s a bit of an expensive accessory, but you should be able to retract it securely if you’re using it for various purposes.
Authors who also use the iPad mini have a hard time finding wireless keyboards and stands that don’t compromise the portability of the console.
The difference in display size between the 5th generation iPad Air and the 6th generation iPad mini works well when enjoying entertainment content such as movies and TV shows. When it comes to mobile games, though, I think the iPad mini is the limit for two-handed screen operation when traveling by train or plane.
So for mobile games, it would be nice if you could play your iPhone on the go, settle in at home, and enjoy the big screen of the iPad Air with a Bluetooth wireless remote.
Thanks to the second-generation Apple Pencil and full-screen design, the iPad Air is more “beginner-friendly” than the unbranded iPad.
The ninth-generation iPad is also a great tablet with strong support for remote work and remote schooling. The performance achieved by the A13 Bionic chip is obviously not inferior to the fifth-generation iPad Air, 4G LTE mobile data communication, Touch ID fingerprint authentication, Smart Keyboard support and other “what can you do”. Will not feel any shortage.
The 64GB Wi-Fi model with the smallest storage capacity is as cheap as 39,800 yen (tax included), making it a perfect value for money.
However, the more serious you use the iPad, the more you may start to worry about the details of the basic MUJI iPad. The ease of use of the Apple Pencil in particular is very different.
The second-generation Apple Pencil, which is not supported by the MUJI iPad, can be used with the fifth-generation iPad Air, making it lighter, more compact, and easier to handle. Additionally, the fifth-generation iPad Air’s display supports an anti-reflective coating. In addition, thanks to the full-fit display technology, there is almost no gap between the LCD panel and the nib, allowing you to write as comfortable as handwritten text and lines stick to the nib.
Typing feel on the keyboard varies from person to person, but I’m a little uncomfortable with the soft keystrokes of the Muji-compatible Smart Keyboard for iPad.
Another point is that the unbranded iPad has a Home button with a built-in Touch ID fingerprint authentication sensor on the display side, so the immersion when displaying video and game footage is still enhanced by the full-screen design of the iPad Air.
The fifth-generation iPad Air addresses any lingering grievances after getting started.
This way, when you compare it with iPad Pro / iPad mini / MUJI iPad, you can see that it is different in detail. Of these, the iPad Pro with “Pro” in the name seems fine if you try to pick it up as a starter, even if it’s an iPad mini or an unbranded iPad, assuming it’s set aside.
However, the iPad has a high degree of perfection from the start as a product, which makes you want to use it even more when you have it, and then want to consider buying genuine Apple accessories. At that point, you might be unhappy with an iPad mini that doesn’t support the Magic Keyboard/Smart Keyboard Folio, or an unbranded iPad that doesn’t work with the second-generation Apple Pencil. Also, if you want to enjoy content on a tablet, you may regret the small screen and non-full-screen design later.
The fifth-generation iPad Air seems to address the grievances that seem to have popped up after such an introduction. For those who are more serious about using an iPad for work and play, choosing the iPad Air as their “first iPad” will be a long and satisfying purchase.
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