Apple’s all-new iPad Air 5 goes on sale soon and there some reasons to think about putting in a pre-order and some reasons why you might want to sit back and wait.
The new iPad Air 5 is official. Apple is calling it the iPad Air, but it’s the fifth-generation model and replaces the iPad Air 4 as the company’s flagship model. And it does so with some big upgrades on board.
As expected, the new iPad Air comes with 5G support, the company’s speedy M1 processor, a new front-facing camera, and a bunch of different color options. The device starts at $599 which means it slots in between the iPad mini 6 and the 2021 iPad Pros.
The iPad Air 5’s release date is set for March 18th, same as the new iPhone SE 3, but you can buy Apple’s new iPad Air before that date. iPad Air 5 pre-orders start on Friday, March 11th.
Some people should definitely consider putting in an iPad Air 5 pre-order. Pre-ordering ensures that you’ll get the model you want in a timely manner. You can also save some money via trade-in deals. On the flip side, there are also some reasons to skip the pre-order process.
- Pre-Order If You Want the iPad Air 5 ASAP
- Pre-Order If You Want to Save Cash
- Wait for iPad Air 5 Reviews
- Wait If You Aren’t Prepared to Buy
- Wait for the Best iPad Air 5 Deals
- Wait if You’re Worried About Problems
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to pre-order a iPad Air 5 and the best reasons to skip one.
Pre-Order If You Want Your iPad Air 5 ASAP
If you want an iPad Air 5 in your hands ASAP, you’ll probably want to put in a pre-order.
Supply chain issues and chip shortages are still impacting Apple and these could help push shipping times back into late March and April.
We might not see an immediate sell out, but there’s a very good chance we see some, and perhaps all, iPad Air 5 variants see their shipping dates get pushed.
If you want a guaranteed delivery on or around March 18th, you’ll want to put in a pre-order through Apple, your carrier, or your favorite retailer soon after pre-orders begin.
Pre-Order If You Want to Save Money
If you want to save some money on an iPad Air 5, consider a pre-order.
Apple and its partners will provide trade-in offers to help offset the cost of the iPad Air 5. If you’re willing to exchange your current device, you can knock quite a bit off the price.
Before you make a decision, note that trade-in values at Apple and other places vary based on the condition of your current device. So if you own an older model or your tablet is in bad shape, you may not get a ton of money back.
Some trade-in offers will likely be promotional which means they won’t last forever. Make sure you shop around before you make your decision.
For more on Apple’s trade-in program, check out its website.
Wait for iPad Air 5 Reviews
The iPad Air 5 looks like a solid addition to Apple’s lineup, but there’s no guarantee you’ll want or need all of the changes Apple’s made.
iPad Air 5 reviews aren’t live yet. That said, we do expect them to go live before the device hits shelves on March 18th.
Buying an iPad Air 5 might sound great in your head, but many of you will be just fine going with another tablet like the iPad Air 4, iPad mini 5, 2021 iPad Pro, 2020 iPad Pro, 2018 iPad Pro, or even the 10.2-inch iPad.
If money is tight right now or you’re conflicted about which iPad Air 5 model to buy, we recommend waiting for iPad Air 5 reviews and long-term feedback from critics and early adopters.
Wait If You Aren’t Prepared to Buy
If you aren’t prepared to buy the iPad Air 5 right now, you’ll want to hold off. Here’s what we mean by that.
Before you invest in a new iPad you’ll want to spend some time prepping for your purchase. Individual needs will vary, but here are a few things to consider.
You’ll want to figure out which storage option, 64GB or 128GB, is the best option for your needs. You’ll also want to pick the right color for your tastes.
If you want an iPad Air 5 with 5G, make sure you research carriers and data plans. Some of you might want to use this purchase as an excuse to leave for another carrier and/or switch up your plan.
This might be easy for some of you, but it could take quite a bit of time for others. In some cases, it might even take a week or more.
If you find yourself feeling uneasy and unprepared when you sit down to buy the iPad Air 5, do yourself a favor and put the credit card away and wait.
Wait for the Best iPad Air 5 Deals
Again, there will be some early iPad Air 5 deals out there, but those of you on a tight budget might want to wait.
It usually takes a few weeks, and in some cases longer, for retailers to offer straight price cuts on new iPad models. We probably won’t see the first major iPad Air 5 price cuts until late in the year.
The absolute best iPad Air 5 deals will likely surface in late 2022 during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday shopping season.
If you don’t have an old tablet to trade-in and/or you want to save a ton of cash on a new iPad, you’ll want to hold off on a pre-order and wait for prices to improve.
Wait if You’re Worried About Problems
If you’re concerned about hardware or software problems, you might want to wait a few weeks before buying an iPad Air 5.
The iPad Air 5 will run iPadOS 15 out of the box. The operating system is still fairly new and users are dealing with an assortment of bugs and performance issues.
Apple will likely roll out new iPadOS 15 software in the coming days so it might be worth it to wait for the next batch of bug fixes to arrive before buying.
New iPads sometimes debut with hardware issues as well. The iPad Air 5 series utilizes a lot of new technology so we could certainly see some growing pains emerge in the coming days.
If you’re concerned, you might want to hang back and see what kind of problems early adopters are seeing in the days and/or weeks after the iPad Air 5 is released.
Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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