Why did the new iPad Air make the iPad Pro obsolete?

After the end of Apple’s launch event last Tuesday (8)many people have wondered: what about the 2022 iPad Pro?

In its place came the new iPad Air, a product that brought features that were present in the Pro version, but ended up raising doubts about whether Apple was able to – consciously or unconsciously – make the iPad Pro a obsolete product.

At first glance, the two products are very similar. Both have an M1 processor and a 12 MP front camera with auto-zoom for video calls. Both devices are also compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, as well as the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.

Not to mention that the new gadget also has 5G connectivity, matching the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th Gen), 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd Gen) and iPad mini (6th Gen) devices.

On the other hand, the iPad Airs are smaller, with a 10.9-inch screen, which is enough for most demands of the average user. They still have the advantage of being lighter and having a smaller size to fit in backpacks.

The iPad Air also has more color options (space gray, pink, purple, blue, and stellar), while the Pro only comes in two flavors (space gray and silver).

iPad Air or iPad Pro?

The iPad Pro, of course, has some specific advantages over the Air, like a bigger screen; more storage options, Face ID (instead of Touch ID); faster data transfer port; and more rear cameras. However, depending on the usage, these details may not make much of a difference, especially considering the price.

While the most basic version of the 128GB iPad Pro costs R$10,391 in Brazil, the 64GB iPad Air costs R$6,799. Even the 256GB iPad Air is cheaper than the Pro, costing BRL 8,399.

In summary, the new iPad Air appears to be an attractive option over the base iPad hardware, and it can also serve as a comparable, but cheaper, alternative to the Pro. At least, until the Apple company releases an updated version of the most expensive gadget.

However, unless Apple has an M2 chip up its sleeve, a new iPad Pro in 2022 wouldn’t make sense. And if it comes out without the new chip, it might just end up being “more of the same”. Let’s wait.

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