iPad Air

iPad Air is a series of tablet computers from Apple, Inc. It’s positioned as a mid-range option between the standard “basic” iPad and the higher-end iPad Pro series.

Its combination of performance, features, and portability makes it a popular choice for various tasks such as productivity, entertainment, creative work, and more. As a mid-range model, it’s popular with both consumers and professionals.

iPad Air: So useful

Like all Apple tablets, it runs iPadOS. It comes with a suite of useful and fun applications, with millions more available in the App Store.

There’s a wide array of accessories on the market, including the Apple Pencil for drawing, paining or taking handwritten notes.  There are even an attachable keyboard cases with a trackpad to turn the tablet into a notebook.

Overall, iPad Air is a versatile and capable computer suitable for a wide range of users, including students, professionals, and average consumers.

History

The original model launched in fall of 2013 with the same 9.7-inch display as the basic iPad available at the time, but with a lighter, slimmer design. Hence the name.

Over time, Apple released more iPad Air models with successively better features. The fifth-generation model, for example, has a 10.9-inch screen. It’s built around an Apple M1 processor, the same chip used in MacBook Air.

Get ready for new MacBooks and iPads at Apple March event

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Get ready for new MacBook and iPad models at Apple March 2024 event
The Apple March 2024 event should be a busy one, with loads of new computers.
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Apple is widely expected to hold a product launch event in March 2024 with a range of new iPad Pro, iPad Air and MacBook Air models on the agenda.

You don’t have to wait to find out what’s on Apple’s agenda. Many details about the upcoming notebooks and tablets already leaked out.

Skip iPad Pro and get M1 iPad Air at this crazy low price

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With a massive $149 off, you can't miss out on this iPad Air deal.
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Note: This deal appears to be sold out on Amazon (which may be temporary; items often get restocked), but is available at the same price at Best Buy.

There’s no better tablet than the M1 iPad Air for most users. It uses the same M1 chip as Apple’s previous-generation iPad Pro and Macs to deliver excellent price-to-performance. Amazon is taking a stellar $149 off the tablet, making it an even better deal.

With the discount, you can get the M1 iPad Air for only $449. At this price point, you cannot find a better option than Apple’s offering.

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Score latest iPad Air in any configuration at $150 off

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If you didn't buy an iPad 5 when they came out, here's your chance to save big.
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A great sale at Best Buy brings you one of Apple’s greatest tablets, the iPad Air (5th Generation) at $150 off — no matter which configuration you want. That includes the base 64GB model with Wi-Fi only, up through the 256GB model with Wi-Fi and cellular coverage, and in a choice of five colors. See the deals below.

Leak reveals alleged 12.9-inch iPad Air design

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An iPad Air with a bigger display could arrive in Q1 2024.
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Rumors indicate Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad Air due to launch later this year. A new leak shows off alleged design renders of the upcoming tablet.

The CAD renders show that the 12.9-inch iPad Air will resemble its 10.9-inch sibling. However, it apparently will feature a redesigned rear camera module.

What to expect from iPad in 2024: Pro, Air and mini

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What to expect from iPad in 2024: Pro, Air and mini
2024 will be a big, colorful year for iPad.
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Get ready for big changes in the iPad 2024 lineup. Apple plans to shake things up next year, offering new versions of every tablet model, from the basic budget offering to the largest iPad Pro.

Details of the upcoming changes leaked out early, so we can tell you now what’s coming to the iPad in 2024.

Top 10 Best Buy holiday deals on Mac and iPad

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Yes, an M3 MacBook Pro in space black is on the list.
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With gift-giving season at full-tilt, Best Buy offers its Apple Sales Event on a full range of fabulous products you can check out here. We’d thought we’d focus below on 10 great Mac and iPad deals you won’t want to miss. Click on the prices below to go straight to the products.

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Ugreen’s potent new power bank charges 3 gadgets on the go

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Ugreen's new power bank works with most devices and recharges itself in just a couple of hours.
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The new Nexode 100W 20,000mAh Power Bank lets users fast-charge three devices at once on the go, the company said Tuesday.

And the portable charger’s 65W “rapid recharge” feature lets it fully power itself back up from an empty battery in just 2 hours.

12.9-inch iPad Air, OLED iPad Pro pegged for March release

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The largest iPad Air yet is on the way.
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The long wait for fresh iPads will reportedly come to an end in March 2024. The first 12.9-inch iPad Air will launch then, according a reliable Apple tipster, as will the much-anticipated iPad Pro with an OLED screen.

In addition, new versions of Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad will also be unveiled at the same time.

Flexible device and display mounts make this home office [Setups]

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Everything in this setup but the keyboard, wrist rest, mouse and desk mat is mounted.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you’re not elevating your laptop, iPad and displays on mounts and arms, you’re limiting your computer setup. Today’s feature MacBook Pro and iPad setup illustrates the point well by putting those devices and dual displays on four separate mounts, some with moveable arms.

That makes all of those devices more flexible, and much easier to move around than they would be on stationary stands. It also frees up space on the desk.

iPad gift guide: Pick the best tablet to give your loved ones

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iPad gift guide: Pick the best model to give your loved ones
We have expert advice on choosing the best iPad to give as a gift.
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iPad makes a spectacular gift. Apple tablets are very popular, and everyone from little Billy to Grandma will enjoy one.

But there’s a wide array of models to choose from. In this guide, we go through all the options to explore their pros and cons as gifts.

Last chance to win a super-protective iPad case from Zugu [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Keep your iPad safe and secure at all times in a rugged Zugu case.
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The prize in this week’s giveaway is every iPad owner’s dream: an iPad case from Zugu with a built-in Apple Pencil holder. We teamed up with Zugu to give five lucky winners the chance to win one of these fantastic iPad cases.

Zugu’s cases start at $49.99, fit a wide array of iPads, and come in nine different colors. So if you win, you will be spoiled for choice.

iPad Air and iPad mini with OLED screens pegged for 2026 release

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OLED iPad models might come in big and small sizes.
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Add iPad Air and iPad mini to the list of Apple tablets getting OLED screens. At least, that’s what an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia says. And the mini will supposedly get a boost in display size.

The top-of-the-line iPad Pro models will reportedly get the enhanced display type much sooner, though.

12.9-inch iPad Air could launch in early 2024

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A 12.9-inch iPad Air could join the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2024.
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Apple could overhaul its tablet lineup in 2024, delivering the first 12.9-inch iPad Air and upgrading iPad Pro models to OLED displays and the company’s fast new M3 chip.

The upgrades could help boost iPad shipments to between 52 million and 54 million units in 2024, up from about 50 million in 2023.

Pencil in new iPads for March 2024

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Multiple new iPads could be just five months away.
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Spring 2024 could bring array of new iPad models, according to a reliable Apple tipster. This might include models from the smallest iPad mini to the largest iPad Pro.

Some of the changes will be only a faster processor, but other tablets will supposedly see more dramatic improvements.

New home calls for new-and-improved workstation [Setups]

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Just a few years ago I worked on a laptop on whatever messy desk I found. Now I have dual-monitor M1 MacBook Pro setup with a standing desk and a proper office chair.
Just a few years ago I worked on a laptop on whatever messy desk I found. Now I have dual-monitor M1 MacBook Pro setup with a standing desk and a proper office chair.
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I moved to a new home over the weekend, and in it I’ve already built a new workstation. What better time to revamp things? Actually, it’s more like another stage in my computer setup’s herky-jerky evolution.

I went from just a PC laptop a few years ago to various iterations of a MacBook Pro workstation to my new rig, featuring dual monitors, a standing desk and a proper office chair for the first time in ages.

Apple could announce new iPads on October 17 [Updated]

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New iPads with faster chips could arrive soon.
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Apple could announce new iPads as soon as Tuesday, according to a new report. The company could unveil a new entry-level iPad, an updated iPad Air and the iPad mini 7.

All refreshed iPads purportedly will sport a minor spec bump but few other changes.

New iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro models are on the way

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All of Apple's iPad lines are up for a revamp.
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Apple intends to update the entire iPad lineup in the coming months, according to information leaking out of the company. Details have come to light about models from the smallest iPad mini to the largest iPad Pro.

Included on the list are tablets that haven’t been updated in a couple of years.

Here’s what to expect.

2022 M1 iPad Air gets a big $149 discount

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Get the M1 iPad Air with cellular connectivity at a fantastic price.
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Apple’s iPad Pro lineup is too expensive for regular users. Opting for the Pro model makes little sense if you want a tablet for everyday use.

This is where the iPad Air comes in, which offers almost the same internals as its Pro siblings at a lower price point. And if you take advantage of Amazon’s latest deal, you can save up to $149 on a new M1 iPad Air.

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Slash up to $60 off Magic Keyboards for iPad

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It's not easy to find deals at $50 to $60 off Apple's Magic Keyboard cases for iPad.
It's not easy to find deals at $50 to $60 off Apple's Magic Keyboard cases for iPad.
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Amazon is currently offering great discounts on Magic Keyboards for iPad Pro (11-inch and 12.9-inch models) and 10.9-inch iPad Air.

While there are many alternative keyboards and cases for iPad models out there, the time to pay Apple prices is now, when Apple prices are slashed!

iPad is a bright spot in weak post-pandemic tablet market

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iPad Air 5 brought a big surge of sale in Q2 2022, which made Q2 2023 look weak.
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Although people are still buying millions of iPads, the numbers are down compared to where they were during the pandemic.

Still, Apple is doing a much better job of selling tablets than any of its rivals. During the second quarter of this year, it shipped about twice as many as any other company, according to a pair of market research firms.

Get an iPad Air with Beats headphones for just $99.97

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Get a Grade A refurbished bundle featuring an iPad Air and Beats headphones for only $99.97 before Prime Day.
Save $50 ahead of Prime Day on a Grade A refurbished iPad Air and renewed Beats Flex headphones bundle.
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Why wait for Amazon Prime Day to score your next tech deal? During our Deal Days event, you can pick up a like-new original iPad Air and renewed Beats Flex headphones for just $99.97.

Yes, it’s a 10-year-old tablet that recently aged out onto Apple’s obsolete list. However, it’s still got a beautiful Retina screen that makes it great for many things, including watching videos. It’s great for kids, and you can’t beat the pricing on this bundle, which also includes some extra perks in addition to the two main items.

Don’t sit on this deal, though. There’s a limited quantity available. And even if the bundle doesn’t sell out, this limited-time offer expires July 14 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.