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Exclusive: iPad Air 5 matches iPad Pro performance with M1

Exclusive: iPad Air 5 matches iPad Pro performance with M1

Only a few hours left Upcoming Apple Special EventThe company is expected to announce the third generation iPhone SE, new Mac models, and also the new iPad Air. Rumors had already speculated that this new iPad would support 5G, but 9to5Mac Now I learned from the sources that the iPad Air 5 will be powered by the M1 chip.

Previous rumors about the new iPad Air suggested that it will have an A15 Bionic chip – the same chip found in the iPhone 13 and the sixth generation iPad mini. However, it appears that Apple wants to bridge the gap between the iPad Air and iPad Pro even further, this time by adding a more powerful chip.

iPad Air 5 with M1

Based on the information it sees 9to5MacThe iPad Air 5 (codenamed J408) will have the same M1 chip that Apple uses in the 2021 iPad Pro models and also in the first generation of Apple Silicon Macs, which includes the 24-inch iMac and 2020 MacBook Air.

In terms of performance, the M1 chip is about 50% faster than the A15 Bionic chip and 70% more powerful than the A14 Bionic chip (the chip found in the fourth generation iPad Air). While the A15 Bionic has a 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU, the M1 chip comes with an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU, plus 8GB of RAM in its lowest configuration.

But why does Apple use the M1 chip in the iPad Air when it already has the iPad Pro with the same chip? First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that there are other aspects that set the iPad Pro apart from the rest of the bunch — such as the presence of a ProMotion display with XDR technology.

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However, since Apple wants to sell both the iPad Pro and iPad Air as a computer alternative (since they both work with the Magic Keyboard), it’s no surprise that the iPad Air comes with a desktop-level chip. Take the Mac range as an example, both the MacBook Air and the entry-level MacBook Pro are based on the M1.

At the same time, the iPad Pro is expected to be updated later this year with a new chip, which is likely to offer better performance than the current M1 chip.

what are you expecting?

Our sources have also confirmed other rumors about the iPad Air 5. Support for 5G networks, which was added to the 2021 iPad Pro and iPad mini 6 last year, will be available on the new iPad Air.

We can also confirm that the iPad Air 5 will maintain the same display resolution as the current fourth generation iPad Air. Updated front camera with Center Stage . support Also expected for the new iPad. Multiple sources have reported that the new iPad Air will be announced tomorrow.

The March 8 event 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET. It will be streamed live on Apple’s website, the company’s YouTube channel, and directly in the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

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