iPad Air 5 tidbits: 5G without mmWave, 2x faster USB-C port, supports Studio Display

Apple recently announced the next-generation iPad Air in 5 new stunning colors with the powerful M1 chip, 5G connectivity, a front camera that supports Center Stage, and more. While Apple’s keynote discussed the major specs of the device, there are some tidbits that were not mentioned. Here is a list of specifications Apple did not touch on during its event.

iPad Air 5

Additional information about the new iPad Air 5 

Can support 6K displays, including Apple’s Studio Display: The next-generation iPad Air is the only model in the lineup that can support Apple’s new 27-inch Studio Display with a 5K Retina screen.

2x faster USB-C port: The reason why the latest iPad Air can support the display is that it features USB 3.1 Gen 2 port whereas its predecessor features a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. This enables 2x faster data transfer than the previous generation and allows users to connect to a bunch of devices including cameras, external storage, and displays with up to 6K resolution.

Supports 5G but does not support mmWave bands: Similar to the new iPhone SE, the iPad Air 5 does not feature the mmWave band support which means it cannot make use of the best 5G connection available, offering peak speeds of up to 3.5Gbps in ideal conditions.

Improvements to the camera: While the main sensor of the iPad Air’s camera remains the same, Apple has brought improvements to the front-facing camera of the device. It now features a 12MP Ultra Wide lens with support for Center Stage.

Check out over comprehensive coverage of Apple’s “Peek Performance” event down below or click here for the highlights.

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