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iPad Air 5 Storage: Which Size Should You Buy?

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Picking the right iPad Air 5 storage size for your needs and your budget might be tricky. In this guide we want to help you decide between the cheapest option and the more expensive variant.

You might be tempted to go with the cheapest iPad Air 5 or shell out for the model with the most storage. Unlike many other Apple products, these are the only two options available so you’ll want to choose wisely.

One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of you will probably wind up paying for more storage one way or another. You’ll either spend the money up front when buying your new iPad Air or you’ll pay a monthly fee for additional storage via Apple’s iCloud service.

There are several important factors to consider before you settle on one of these iPad Air 5 storage options and we’ll break down all of the things you need to consider below.

iPad Air 5 Storage Options

Again, there are only two iPad Air 5 storage options: 64GB and 256GB.

The 64GB model starts at $599. If you want to add 5G connectivity, you’ll need to shell out $749. As for the 256GB model, it starts at $749 and the 5G version will run you $899. If you don’t want to pay full price, you can save money if you have a tablet to trade-in. Carriers may also offer discounts to help subsidize the cost of the 5G iPad Air 5.

While you can add additional storage to some Android tablets, the iPad Air 5 doesn’t come with a microSD card slot. If you want to add additional storage you’ll need to use iCloud or buy a Lightning-compatible drive.

Pay for Storage Today or Pay Later

If you plan to shoot 4K video, download a bunch of movies for travel, or play a ton of games on your iPad Air, you’ll need quite a bit of space.

While 64GB might seem like enough, there’s a good chance it’ll fill up quickly and you’ll be forced to continuously delete files, buy a compatible drive, and/or pay for iCloud storage.

Fortunately, iCloud is fairly inexpensive. You can get 50GB of cloud storage for as little as a dollar a month:

  • 50GB: $0.99
  • 200GB: $2.99
  • 2TB: $9.99

As a reminder, you can share iCloud storage with your family members.

Who Should Buy the 64GB iPad Air 5?

The 64GB iPad Air 5 is worth a look if you don’t want to shell out a ton of cash for a high-powered iPad. It’s also worth considering if you don’t plan on using your iPad Air for intense work.

Here are a few reasons to consider going with the 64GB iPad Air 5:

  • You’re on a budget.
  • You stream most of your movies and music.
  • You don’t plan to shoot a lot of 4K content.
  • You plan to store your photos in iCloud Photo Library or on a computer.
  • You come nowhere close to using 64GB of storage on your current devices.

Who Should Buy the 256GB iPad Air 5?

While the cheapest option might seem like the way to go, a lot of people should opt for the 256GB model. If only for the peace of mind the extra space provides.

Here are a few reasons to go with Apple’s 256GB iPad Air 5:

  • You like to store movies and music locally.
  • You need or prefer to keep your photos stored locally.
  • You plan to shoot 4K content.
  • You’re using more than 64GB of space on your current device(s).
  • You can’t stand having to constantly manage the data on your device(s).

How to Check Your iPad’s Storage

If you’re currently using an iPad, you should check your current storage before you decide. You should be able to gather some great insight into your habits. Here’s how to do this:

  • Tap on your Settings app.
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on iPad Storage.

This will show you how much free storage you currently have and how much you are using. It’ll also tell you exactly what’s taking up the most storage. For many of you, it’ll be your photos and videos, apps, and messages.

If your iPad is a year old, you should still have around 50% of your storage left. If you are within 10-15% of its capacity, you should consider more storage.

If you’re using iCloud, you should also check on your iCloud storage usage:

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap on your Name at the top of the screen.
  • Tap on iCloud.

This screen shows your iCloud storage use and your current plan. If you tap on Manage Storage you’ll get a better breakdown of how you use cloud storage.

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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