Apple iPad Air (2022) review

Apple's most attractive tablet is now faster than ever, but do you really need it?

iPad Air (2022) on a desk
(Image: © Rosie Hilder)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPad Air (2022) is a capable tablet that is impressively speedy and looks super-sleek. It can handle a range of tasks with ease, has a decent camera and is ideal for making photo and video edits on the go. It sits in the middle-top of the iPad range, and will likely be the best iPad for most people. Be warned though, that you are limited by what iPadOS can do. If you're looking for an all-in-one machine, you may be better off looking at a 2-in-1 laptop.


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    Beautiful screen

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    Super-fast performance

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    Great with Apple Pencil


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    Selfie camera placement is off

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    Limited by iPadOS

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    No Face ID

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The iPad Air (2022) is Apple's mid/top-level iPad. It's got better tech credentials than the iPad or the iPad mini, but it doesn't have the power of the iPad Pro. It's priced in the middle of the iPad generations lineup too, starting at $599/£699 for the 64GB version with WiFi. 

Apple is known for its well-built, well-designed tablets, and the newest iPad Air, released in March 2022, is no exception. Apple fans will delight in the gorgeous Liquid Retina screen, the fun colorways, the simple yet elegant design, and of course, the super-speedy M1 chip. Compared to the iPad Air (2020) with its A14 chip, this is one nifty tablet, and I found it more than capable of handling my daily tasks, without so much as a stutter.

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Screen10.9-inch Liquid Retina
ProcessorM1 chip
Camera12MP Ultra Wide front camera; 12MP wide camera
ColorsSpace Gray, Blue, Pink, Purple. Starlight
Size9.74 x 7.02 x 0.24 in
Weight1.02 lbs

If you want the best iPad that money can buy then you can't go wrong with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch. Its gorgeous mini-LED LCD panel showcases fantastic colors, the camera is improved over the iPad Air and you also get more storage. It'll cost you, though.


The standard iPad (10th gen) has the same camera as the iPad Air but a less impressive chip. It's still super-fast though, and will be more than enough for most people. Note that this iPad, like the Air, is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie is Deputy Editor on Digital Camera World's sister site, Creative Bloq. Over the past decade, she's worked as Deputy Editor for Time Out Buenos Aires, as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life, and freelanced for the likes of Woman& In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site and writes about design, tech, art, and more.