Report: iPad Air 5 with 5G, Center Stage Camera and More Coming This Spring

It’s been over a year since Apple unveiled the completely redesigned iPad Air, but a supply chain report today indicates that a new model is on the horizon. Citing “reliable sources in China”, the blog Macotakara today reports that Apple may announce the fifth-generation iPad alongside the iPhone SE 3 this spring.

As we noted in our full iPad Air 5 roundup earlier this month, there are still some unknowns about what to expect. Today’s report on the supply chain of Macotakara, however, offers some additional insight into the changes potentially in store for this year.

According to today’s report, the iPad Air 5 will feature “similar specifications to the iPad mini (6th generation). This would feature an A15 Bionic chip inside, an upgraded 12MP ultra-wide front camera (with Center Stage support), and 5G connectivity. The rear-facing camera should remain the same with a single-lens design.

As for the release date, today’s report simply states that the iPad Air 5 will be announced alongside the iPhone SE 3 in the spring. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported last weekend that Apple is currently aiming to hold a virtual event in March or April to announce the iPhone SE 3. Macotakara also seems to believe that the iPad Air 5 is also planned for this event.

The 9to5Mac take

The changes mentioned in today’s report will be a nice upgrade for the iPad Air 5 over the fourth generation model. What remains unclear is whether Apple has any other changes in store for the iPad Air lineup.

One of the biggest limitations of the existing iPad Air is that the $599 base configuration includes a measly 64GB of storage. Ideally, Apple will increase that to 128GB this year while keeping the same entry-level price.

What do you want to see in the iPad Air 5? Let us know in the comments!

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Amanda J. Marsh