Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad Air and it looks like the iPad Air 5 release date will land sometime next year.
As we press on into 2021 we’ve heard a lot about the new products Apple’s got up its sleeve for 2021 and beyond. While a lot of rumors have centered around the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series, and iPhone SE 3, we’ve also heard about potential changes coming to Apple’s iPad lineup.
We’ve heard about a new iPad mini 6 though its release date is unclear. Some rumors have it launching in 2021 while others suggest it will launch sometime next year.
We’ve also seen iPad Air 5 rumors. Details are still a bit scarce, but it’s a device you’ll want to dig into if you’re planning to buy a new iPad in 2021 or 2022.
iPad Air 5 Rumors
Apple is reportedly working on a follow-up to the iPad Air 4 it launched back in late 2020.
The initial batch of information comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo which means the rumors are extremely credible. We’ve also got details from hit-or-miss publication Digitimes.
These iPad Air 5 rumors put those of you in the market for a new tablet in a bit of a tough position. While a lot of shoppers will be perfectly fine buying an iPad or another tablet model in 2021, others might want to hold out and wait for a new iPad Air.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to think about waiting for the rumored iPad Air 5 and the best reasons to go with another device.
Wait for a New Display
According to Digitimes and Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPad Air 5 will come with an upgraded display.
In March, Digitimes said that Apple's prepping a new 10.9-inch iPad with an OLED display. This lines up with a recent note from Kuo.
Japanese site Mac Otakara also says Apple will keep a 10.9-inch display on the iPad Air.
According to Kuo, Apple will indeed transition to using OLED displays on the iPad Air line with the new iPad Air 5.
A report from Korea's ETNews also states that Apple will use OLED display technology in "some" iPad models in 2022.
In a newer report, ETNews says Apple will release a 10.8-inch iPad model with an OLED display in 2022. This device is likely the iPad Air 5. The site also claims Apple is planning to launch an 11-inch OLED iPad and a 12.9-inch OLED iPad in 2023.
Korean publication Chosun claims Apple will partner with Samsung and LG for the OLED displays. The site says Apple will release an OLED-powered iPad sometime next year. It didn't call the device out by name.
On the flip side, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) believes Apple will enter the OLED tablet market in 2023 rather than 2022.
So what does this mean for you? Well, OLED displays offer some advantages over the traditional LCD screens. These include deeper blacks, improved brightness, and wider viewing angles.
If you'd be interested in an iPad Air with an OLED display, you should consider waiting.
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