OPINION: Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 5, bringing its best all-round tablet up to date with some healthy additions across the board.

Like the iPad Pro 2021, the new 2022 edition of the iPad Air is powered by the M1 chip, making it relatively easy to perform all the tasks you do with it, based on our experience using other devices. with the CPU. It matches the iPad Mini 6, adding optional 5G if working on the go is essential and a few camera upgrades too. Oh, and it comes in a downright seductive blue color.

I’m sure you’ll agree that these are welcome changes and while I don’t think I’ll be telling those who have invested in the iPad Air 4 to start saving for the new model, this could very well be the default choice. are the ones we recommend for most shoppers. After all, I gave the iPad Air 4 a full five stars when I reviewed it.

But I had an issue with the iPad 4 that to my personal chagrin still hasn’t been resolved.

What gives, Apple?

While the iPad Air starts at a really reasonable £569/$599, that initial outlay will only get you 64GB of storage. For a device meant to be loaded with movies, games, and other apps, that’s a shockingly meager amount. And since it’s an iOS device, you can’t compensate for this problem with an SD card like on the Galaxy Tab S8.

If 64GB is just too low for you, you’ll have to make the big jump to 256GB and pay the £719/$749 asking price. While 256GB is more than enough for most people, that price is basically equivalent to the £749/$799 128GB iPad Pro.

iPad Air 5 sits on its Magic Keyboard

The lack of a 128GB option for the iPad Air 5 means there’s no sweet spot here between the high and low sizes and that’s a real shame.

64GB may be enough for some, but that storage space will fill up much faster than you’d expect. A Dune download purchased from iTunes takes up almost 7 GB, while a movie downloaded from Disney Plus takes up about the same amount of space.

Once you’ve saved a few movies to watch offline, installed some of your favorite games, and transferred them to your photo library, that space starts to feel really small.

There are, of course, ways to get around this. You can stream pure content or use cloud services like iCloud or Google Photos to store your snaps and other files. But unless you’re always connected, this doesn’t make much sense. I mostly use my tablet while on the road — commuting, on planes, and places where there’s no Wi-Fi or cellular connection — and tend to keep a lot of content offline.

For the most part, I think the new iPad Air looks great and the improvements will be great for those who haven’t upgraded their tablet in a while. But starting with 64GB of storage and not offering a medium 128GB option is a real problem.

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