Apple’s all-new iPad Air 5 is going on sale soon, and there are some reasons to think about pre-ordering and some reasons you might want to sit back and wait.
The new iPad Air 5 is official. Apple calls it the iPad Air, but it’s the fifth-generation model, replacing the iPad Air 4 as the company’s flagship model. And it does that with some major upgrades on board.
As expected, the new iPad Air comes with 5G support, the company’s fast M1 processor, a new front-facing camera, and a ton of different color options. The device starts at $599, meaning it’s between the iPad mini 6 and the 2021 iPad Pros†
The release date of iPad Air 5 is set for March 18, the 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 Friday, March 11.
Some people should definitely consider pre-ordering an iPad Air 5. Pre-ordering ensures that you receive the desired model on time. You can also save some money through trade-in deals. On the other hand, there are also some reasons to skip the pre-order process.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the top reasons to pre-order an iPad Air 5 and the best reasons to skip one.
Pre-order if you want your iPad Air 5 as soon as possible
If you’re looking to get your hands on an iPad Air 5 ASAP, you’ll probably want to pre-order it.
Supply chain issues and chip shortages are still affecting Apple and could help push delivery times back to late March and April.
We might not see it sold out right away, but chances are some, if not all, iPad Air 5 variants will see their ship date pushed.
If you want guaranteed delivery on or around March 18, you’ll need to pre-order with Apple, your carrier, or your preferred retailer shortly 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 pre-ordering.
Apple and its partners will make trade-in offers to offset the cost of the iPad Air 5. If you’re willing to trade in your current device, you can knock off quite a bit of the price.
Before making a decision, keep in mind 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 if your tablet is in bad shape, you may not get much money back.
Some trade-in offers are likely to be promotional, meaning they won’t last forever. Take a good look around you before making a decision.
To learn more about Apple’s trade-in program, visit 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 has made.
iPad Air 5 reviews are not live yet. That said, we expect them to go live before the device hits shelves on March 18.
Buying an iPad Air 5 may sound great in your head, but many of you will be fine with another tablet like the iPad Air 4† iPad mini 5† iPad Pro 2021† 2020 iPad Pro† 2018 iPad Proof even the 10 .2-inch iPad i
If money is tight right now or you’re not sure 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 are not willing to buy
If you don’t want to buy the iPad Air 5 now, you’ll have to wait. This is what we mean by that.
Before investing in a new iPad, you’ll want to spend some time preparing your purchase. Individual needs will vary, but here are a few things to consider.
You want to know which storage option, 64 GB or 128 GB, is the best option for your needs. You also want to choose the right color for your taste.
If you want an iPad Air 5 with 5G, make sure you research carriers and data plans. Some of you may want to use this purchase as an excuse to switch carriers and/or change plans.
You want to check out iPad Air 5 alternatives like iPad Air 4† iPad mini 6† iPad Pro 2021† 2020 iPad Pro† 2018 iPad Pro and 10.2-inch iPad†
For some of you this might be easy, but for others it can take quite a bit of time. In some cases, it can even take a week or more.
If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable and unprepared when sitting down to buy the iPad Air 5, do yourself a favor and put down the credit card and wait.
Wait for the best iPad Air 5 deals
Again, there will be some early iPad Air 5 deals, but those of you on a tight budget may want to wait.
It usually takes a few weeks, and in some cases longer, before retailers can offer immediate price reductions on new iPad models. We probably won’t see the first major price cuts for iPad Air 5 until late in the year.
The absolute best iPad Air 5 deals are likely to appear 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 want to save a lot of money on a new iPad, you’ll have to postpone the pre-order and wait for the prices to improve.
If you are concerned about problems, please wait
If you’re concerned about hardware or software issues, it’s best to wait a few weeks before purchasing an iPad Air 5.
The iPad Air 5 will run iPadOS 15 out of the box. The operating system is still quite new and users are dealing with all sorts of bugs and performance issues.
Apple will likely be rolling out new iPadOS 15 software in the coming days, so it may be worth waiting 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 uses a lot of new technology, so we could definitely see some growing pains crop up in the coming days.
If you’re concerned, you might want to wait and see what problems early adopters see in the days and/or weeks after the iPad Air 5 is released.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. For more information about these patches, please visit: Apple’s security site for details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, please visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found on Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company’s security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times in the past seven days your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 Apple’s communication security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it on Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them on Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has resolved an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use in online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator, similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.