iPad Air (2019) review

It's not quite an iPad Pro, but the iPad Air is Apple's next-in-line 'Air' to the throne.

iPad Air

Our Verdict

The iPad Air has been resurrected to become Apple’s most balanced digital canvas, one that doesn’t compromises on performance, yet doesn’t push the boundaries of price. It’s a brilliantly sized tablet for drawing and photo editing, thanks to its bright and colourful laminated screen. We just wish it used an easier-to-wield second-gen Apple Pencil.

For

  • Colourful, laminated screen
  • Smart Keyboard cover compatible
  • Can fast charge via USB-C

Against

  • Uses older Apple Pencil
  • ProMotion video absent
  • Two speakers, not four

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Apple’s iPad Air 2019 is a good way for creators to get an expansive 10.5-inch tablet screen and the support of both the first-gen Apple Pencil and 2-in-1 keyboard cover – without completely blowing their budget.

It’s the middle-of-the-pack iPad that fits nicely between four other iPads: the entry-level iPad and smaller iPad mini (2019), and the more serious (but seriously more expensive) iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Apple iPad Air (2019)

The iPad Air has been resurrected to become Apple’s most balanced digital canvas, one that doesn’t compromises on performance, yet doesn’t push the boundaries of price. It’s a brilliantly sized tablet for drawing and photo editing, thanks to its bright and colourful laminated screen. We just wish it used an easier-to-wield second-gen Apple Pencil.