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iPad Air 5 gets its biggest discount yet

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iPad Air 5
Now is the right time to buy an iPad Air 5
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An Amazon seller has discounted the 2022 10.9-inch iPad Air with Wi-Fi connectivity to its lowest-ever price of $554.87, a sweet $44.13 discount from its retail price of $599.

The discount is only available on the pink shade of the iPad, with other colors discounted by anywhere between $30 and $40.

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Recovering PC gamer converts to Mac and loves it [Setups]

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This M1 Pro MacBook rig runs with an ultra-wide display and a 50-inch TV.
This M1 Pro MacBook rig runs with an ultra-wide display and a 50-inch TV.
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“Conversion” stories are fairly common in computing, with people deciding to switch from one “ecosystem” or another. Given Apple’s recent rash of hugely popular products, a fair number of folks are switching from PC-and-Windows-based setups to Apple-centric ones.

An avid PC gamer — strike that, a former avid PC gamer — owns today’s featured setup. In it, a new M1 Pro MacBook drives a couple of big displays. And an Elgato Stream Deck and killer audio components also enter the mix.

Chip shortage drags iPad shipments down 5%

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New budget iPad 9 gets better video chat, doubles storage
Apple still can't keep up with demand for iPad 9.
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Apple shipped 4.6% fewer tablets in the first three months of 2022 than it did during the same period of 2021, according to a market research firm. The iPad-maker blames the shortfall on the global chip shortage preventing it from making enough devices to meet demand.

This is the second quarter in a row that iPad shipments have been hurt by component shortages.

Save $40 on the just-launched 2022 iPad Air 5

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iPad Air 5 goes super fast with M1 processor
No matter the color, you can find a discount on the iPad AIr 5 today.
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The iPad Air 5 has only been out a month and you can already buy it at a nice discount. The 10.9-inch mid-range tablet is available at $40 below the usual cost.

And this deal is on the base model, so you don’t have to pay more to save more. Though you can also get discounts of up to $70 on versions with 5G or more storage.

Amazon discounts iPad Air 5 to its lowest price yet

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iPad Air 5
This is too good a deal to miss on Apple's powerful new tablet.
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Looking to buy the new iPad Air 5? Amazon currently offers an irresistible deal that knocks $70 off the tablet’s retail price.

Thanks to the discount, you can get the 256GB iPad Air 5 in Space Gray with Wi-Fi for $679 — down from $749. The base model with 64GB storage is also available with a modest $29.01 discount.

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New iPad Air dresses up festive ‘pink’ MacBook Air workstation [Setups]

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The iPad Air on the left is the new addition to this computer setup.
The iPad Air on the left is the new addition to this computer setup.
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Apple’s newest iPad Air has received some stellar reviews, though murmuring from some quarters claims it’s a bit on the flimsy side. But the owner of today’s featured setup seems over the moon about the new addition to her workstation, centered by an M1 MacBook Air and an LG display.

And she’s eager to get going with the new, much-ballyhooed Universal Control functionality using the new tablet, despite challenges.

12 reasons to love the iPad on its 12th birthday

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12 reasons to love the iPad on its 12th birthday
There are so many reason to love the iPad — here are 12 of them.
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Apple launched the iPad in stores exactly 12 years ago today, and the device has evolved enormously since then, in both capabilities and hardware. Today’s devices can do so much more than their forbearers. Tablets have lived up to Steve Jobs’ vision … and exceeded it.

Here are a dozen reasons to love what Apple’s tablet has become.