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It’s a good time to start shopping if you’re looking for an iPad but feel the urge M1 iPad Pro it’s excessive for your needs. Amazon is back to selling the fourth generation iPad Air with WiFi and 64 GB of memory at a record low $ 539, well below its official $ 599 sticker. The tablet hasn’t reached that price since February, and this suggests you shouldn’t wait until First day to mark a great deal. You can also see a particularly large discount on the 256GB Gold Air, which sells for $ 660 instead of its usual $ 749.
The iPad Air won’t be as fast as the latest Pro, but it’s still one of the fastest tablets around. You’ll also get strong battery life and support for both the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil. If you like the idea of the 11-inch iPad Pro but don’t need the M1 display, 120Hz or multi-camera setup, you’ll get a very similar experience for much less money.
The main catch, apart from those compromises, remains the software. The iPad Air can handle a surprisingly large number of activities that will normally be reserved for laptops, but iPadOS 14 remains more of a mobile platform than a replacement for the desktop operating system. iPad OS 15 should improve versatility, but still want a conventional computer for some heavy work activities. That said, the iPad Air comes with a Magic Keyboard is significantly less expensive than a MacBook Air – it’s worth considering if you’re more interested in touch support and tablet flexibility than performance or sophisticated software.