It’s time to make iPads waterproof

Two weeks ago, I took Apple’s latest generation iPad Air 5 (or iPad Air 2022 if you prefer) for week off in Hawaii.

I’ve used the iPad Air 5 for everything. I made sure Some email (I’m a beast to do this on vacation), browse on Oahu for the best places to eat and hike trails, read some e-books, and let myself go back to asphalt 9and join my queue for Netflix shows. I even sketched out some ideas for a side project I’m working on (although my doodles are still bad).

I didn’t wish I had an iPad mini 5 (smaller size) or the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro (small LED display) instead – the iPad Air 5 was the right balance of screen size with its 10.9-inch display and performance from the M1 chip .

The iPad Air 5 starts at $599, as my colleague Ian Carlos Campbell said after the announcement: the best Apple iPad deal. There are only two things I would like to improve: doubling the meager 64GB storage space to 128GB and making it water/liquid/splash resistant.

If a week of my “time” in heaven taught me anything, it’s that the iPad Air 5’s storage space simply isn’t enough for TV/movies and offline games. And iPad Air 5 cannot be used in the hotel tub/jacuzzi/pool or anywhere near the water such as the beach. The iPhone has had IP rated water resistance since the iPhone 7 (now we’re on the iPhone 13!). Why can’t I use my iPad without fear of liquid damage?

At the elegant Hyatt, I decided to use my iPhone 13 Pro to rewatch Terrace House: Aloha State Read Min Jin Lee’s book Free food for millionaires In my room tub, jacuzzi, and pool (and Waikiki Beach where showers will start and stop without warning). What I really wanted was the iPad Air 5 for its bigger screen and superior speakers. It’s time, Apple – make iPads waterproof.

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Air vs Pro

There are measurable differences between the iPad Air 5 and the M1 iPad Pros (11 and 12.9-inch), but I won’t bore you with a comparison chart. The differences are slight in my opinion and some features like Touch ID instead of Face ID may be preferred.

Let’s start with pricing because that’s where the value of the iPad Air 5 really shines. It starts at $599 for the Wi-Fi model versus $799 for the 11-inch M1 iPad Pro. What do you get the most for $200? The M1 iPad Pro has a slightly larger screen (11 inches) compared to the 10.9-inch iPad Air 5 and a faster 120Hz refresh rate with ProMotion. Neither iPad has a tiny LED display and I never missed it from the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro; Black text on websites and e-books doesn’t look better with the mini LED and the lack of a “pure” black color for the video simply doesn’t bother me. (I’ve watched Dune On the in-flight entertainment display for litter with almost non-existent contrast and terrible brightness. The iPad Air 5’s black levels are a million times better, so unless you’re a creative who uses the M1 iPad Pro for the best color accuracy, a few cool blacks aren’t a deal breaker.)

The iPad Air 5 has roughly the same dimensions as the 11-inch iPad Pro.Raymond Wong / Input

However, the dimensions of the two iPads are nearly identical except for the 0.2mm-thick aluminum chassis and the five grams extra weight on the iPad Air 5. I didn’t notice that; The iPad Air 5 works perfectly with the 11-inch Magic Keyboard.

The iPad Air 5’s front camera is the same 12MP as the M1 iPad Pro. Due to the lack of a TrueDepth camera sensor package, the iPad Air 5 does not support Face ID or Animoji/Memoji FaceTimes. It supports Center Stage, a feature I didn’t really care about at first but came to appreciate whenever I have my iPad in landscape orientation; Center Stage zooms in on your face so the camera doesn’t look like it’s pointing toward your cheek. On the back of the iPad Air 5, there’s only one 12MP wide camera compared to the M1 iPad Pro’s 12MP wide, 10MP ultrawide, and LiDAR sensor. On the iPad, a single rear camera is sufficient — it can be maintained for photos and document scanning, but it’s nowhere near as impressive as the cameras on the iPhone.

Other differences between the iPad Air 5 and the M1 iPad Pro include speakers versus four, mid-range (below 6 GHz) 5G versus mid-range And mmWave, a regular USB-C port instead of a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt/USB 4 speeds and multiple colors of anodized aluminum (five versus two). Of course, the iPad Air 5 only comes with storage (64GB and 256GB) compared to the M1 iPad Pro’s storage capacity that starts at 128GB and goes up to 2TB.

It reads like the iPad Air 5 is missing a lot of the features found in the M1 iPad Pro. As an iPad fanatic (yes, I know iPadOS is still pretty limited, but the Magic Keyboard and Universal Control have made it more usable as a “real” computer), I can tell you the iPad Air 5 is still the smoke of any Android tablet At a similar price or even some that cost more. The 64GB storage is really the only downside.

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Almost everything that makes the iPad Air 5 such an excellent tablet can be attributed to the similarities it shares with the M1 iPad Pro: performance of the M1 chip, 10-hour battery life, and support for the Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard. These iPad pillars are not hacked on the iPad Air 5.

Whatever I normally do on my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Air 5 also handles it. No performance drop while playing 3D games like Jinshin effect or pokemon unite On the iPad Air 5 compared to the M1 iPad Pro. Upscaling an image using Pixelmator Pro’s Ultra Resolution feature took exactly the same amount of time to process. The response of the Apple Pencil from its tip to the screen has not been noticeably slower; Any drop in latency from the M1 iPad Pro’s higher refresh rate of 120Hz is lost on stick-figure artists like myself. Apple could put the M1 chip in the iPad Air 5 and no performance rollback that showcases not only custom silicon’s victory in performance and efficiency, but scalability across the 13-inch MacBook Air/MacBook Pro, 24-inch M1 iMac/Mac Mini and iPads .

For better or worse, the iPadOS story hasn’t changed. There is a wealth of really good iPad apps for everything from drawing, writing, and streaming to gaming; Much more than Android tablets. The widgets on the home screen and the app library are great. But, why does Apple still have its own weather app like the iPhone? The weather widget takes you to Weather.com, which is full of ads. I don’t demand macOS on the iPad like everyone else – just know what you can and can’t do with iPadOS. Get a laptop if you want a laptop; Apple sells a whole line of MacBooks with good keyboards and the M1’s performance now.

Even if Apple used the A15 Bionic chip — the same chip in the iPad mini 6, iPhone 13/13 Pro, and iPhone SE 2022 — the iPad Air 5 would still be ahead of any Android Snapdragon tablet.

And battery life: It’s as good as ever. Since the advent of the original iPad, Apple has maintained 10 hours of battery life for its tablets. Although I think it’s time Apple pushed the hours off a single charge up, 10 hours of battery still doesn’t sneeze. I used the iPad Air 5 throughout my roughly 11.5 hour flight to watch downloaded Netflix episodes and TV, read e-books, and play games, and there was still about 15% left by the time I landed. All this while listening to music downloaded from Spotify with AirPods Pro. As with the M1 iPad Pro, I noticed that using the Magic Keyboard with the iPad Air 5 drains the battery faster. Mileage will vary, but 10 hours of a typical iPad workload is a good fit for the money.

All iPads are great

The blue iPad Air 5 is definitely a sight to behold. Other colors also look good.Raymond Wong / Input

Is Apple selling a bad iPad? Not as far as I can tell. Even the entry-level iPad 9, with its retro design that harkens back to the original iPad Air home button, Touch ID and Apple Pencil 1 support, is a good deal for $329. I always remind people that the basic iPad’s 10.2-inch screen is bigger and sharper, and the price is $70 less than the first few years of iPads that started at $499. iPads at that time did not support the Apple Pencil!

The iPad Air 5 continues Apple’s tradition of standing out and dominating the iPad by offering flagship technologies like the groundbreaking M1 chip at an affordable price. As far as I tend to lean towards the premium end of the hardware lineup with the best features packed inside, I was more than satisfied with using the iPad Air 5 and its features during my trip to Hawaii. I found that it lacked only two areas (storage and lack of water resistance); Everything else is as good as for the price.

iPad Air 5 is a version Fantastic deal Any way you look at it.

Unless you sure He should Enjoying all the bells and whistles of the M1 iPad Pros, the iPad Air 5 is more than capable. I don’t mean it in the sense that it’s a little better than the competition; The iPad Air has a very long life ahead. The M1 chip alone means the iPad Air 5 has plenty of room for years of upcoming iPadOS updates — something Apple is really good at. Just take a look at how iPhone 6S runs iOS 15, iPad or iPad Air 2, released in 2014, which supports the latest iPadOS 15.4.

The iPad Air 5 isn’t hard to fathom the iPad: it’s an 11-inch M1 iPad Pro stripped of all the unnecessary. Don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s a substantially inferior iPad. it’s not. The M1 chip is as much a beast in the iPad Air 5 as it is in the M1 iPad Pro. Use the $200 saved to get the Apple Pencil 2 and still have the money left for the case (or apps). Or subtract $200 off the $299 Magic Keyboard. The iPad Air 5 is a great deal any way you look at it.

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