Gone were the days when tablets and laptops sat in distinct classifications, with the former confined to specific functions and technical abilities. Well, Apple’s recent releases for the iPad definitely blurred the lines, in particular, the newest iPad Air is yet another testament to iPads being the underdog in the family.
The latest development sees the breakthrough M1 chip as the bedrock, enabling better power efficiency and all-day battery life. Keeping up with intense activity from video streaming to designing an illustration has never been easier, with the handy tablet powering in line with the day-to-day. Undoubtedly, this is the biggest update as compared to its predecessor—where performance and endurance rise up the ranks, to complement the demands of today’s digital nomad.
With virtual meetings still persisting in the workplace, Zoom calls get the upper-hand with the new iPad Air’s Centre Stage feature in the front-facing camera. Where you’ll always be in focus and kept centered in the frame regardless of any shift of movement in your device. That, coupled with a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and it’s safe to say Monday meets will be less of a dread.
Another underrated feature has to be the USB-C port, that the previous iteration had integrated. 2022’s version sees a data transfer twice as fast, which makes importing bulk images and videos speedier and more efficient.
And just like every other release, we circle back to the aesthetics. Falling back to the ‘Air’ aspect, the device still retains a lightweight and thin body—in a myriad of colourways from space grey, starlight, pink, purple and a new blue hue. The screen now commands a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, with striking visuals enhancing your viewing experience. Speaking of which, the new iteration’s landscape stereo speakers will be sure to put your next series screening on blast—literally.
Add to that, the accessories for the finishing touches. Arm yourself with the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil, which is probably as precise as any traditional pen-paper experience and the Magic Keyboard, to transform your iPad into a makeshift laptop, and you can certainly conquer the world with this nifty device.