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iPad Air 5 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Owners of the new iPad Air 5 are complaining about a variety of bugs, performance issues, and hardware problems as we push away from its release.

While most iPad Air 5 problems we’ve come across are related to the tablet’s iPadOS 15 software, we’ve also seen some rather worrying complaints about its hardware.

The good news is that we haven’t heard about any widespread problems with the new iPad Air though we do expect problems to pickup as more people purchase the tablet and as current owners put more mileage on their device.

With that in mind we want to take you through the most common iPad Air 5 problems, potential fixes for common problems, places to find feedback about the iPad Air 5’s performance, and a look at what’s in Apple’s iPadOS 15 pipeline.

iPad Air 5 Problems

While they aren’t widespread, we have seen complaints about iPad Air 5 activation issues. This is an issue that pops up every time Apple releases new hardware.

If you’re having issues activating your new iPad Air, check Apple’s System Status page. If you don’t see a green symbol next to iOS Device Activation, you’ll want to wait until it’s green. Once it’s green, try activating your device again.

If the symbol is green and the activation process still isn’t working, make sure you have a SIM card inserted into your tablet. If you’re receiving a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error, you’ll want to head over to this guide for assistance.

We’re also hearing about issues with first and third-party apps, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, Touch ID issues, sound problems, Exchange issues, login issues, cellular data issues, iCloud issues, and more.

Some iPad Air 5 users are also complaining about build quality issues. Owners are saying the back of the device feels too thin and this has led to creaking.

iPad Air 5 Performance

If you’re running into problems on your iPad Air 5, you’re curious about issues impacting other iPad Air 5 uses, or if you’re thinking about buying one, you’ll want to dig into feedback about the device’s performance. There are a few places to do that.

We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter, and the MacRumors forums.

How to Fix iPad Air 5 Problems

If you encounter an issue on your iPad Air 5 there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the problem on your own. If you can’t, you’ll need to contact Apple support, your carrier, or take your tablet into an Apple Store.

If you’ve having issues, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common problems. Our guide provides fixes for some of the most common iPad issues.

We’ve also released a guide that could help you improve iPad Air 5’s battery life if you think it’s draining faster than it should be. We also have a guide that will help you fix poor performance.

If you can’t find a fix in one of our guides, you’ll want to check Apple’s discussion forums and see if a user there can find a solution there.

If you can’t find anything on Apple’s forums, or somewhere else on the web, you should get in contact with Apple. You can do so via the company’s support account on Twitter. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company’s website.

If you’d rather get answers in person, you can try taking your iPad Air 5 into your local Apple Store to see if they can diagnose your problem. If you’ve got an Apple Store in your area, you’ll want to schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

Your iPad is currently under warranty so there’s a chance the company offers you a replacement if the issue is indeed hardware-related.

iPadOS 15 Downgrade Status

If you’re dealing with software problems on your iPad Air 5, you can try moving your device back to the previous version of iPadOS 15 if the option is available.

If you’re unfamiliar with the iPadOS downgrade process our downgrade guide will walk you through everything you need to know before you make the move.

Next iPadOS 15 Update

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 15.5, you’re on your own for the time being.

Apple’s confirmed a new version of iPadOS 15 and iPadOS 15.6 is currently in beta testing ahead of its public release later this year.

The company hasn’t confirmed the iPadOS 15.6 release date and we expect the software to stay in beta for several weeks. As of right now we expect a release sometime in June or July.

iPadOS 15.6 is a milestone upgrade which means it should bring a mix of new features, security patches, and bug fixes to iPad Air 5 users.

If your problems are really bad, or you just want to try new software, you might try installing the iPadOS 15.6 beta onto your device right now.

For more on iPadOS 15.6 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the iPadOS 15.6 release date, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.5 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

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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