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The iPad Air with M1 processor drops to a new low price of $519 at Amazon

The iPad Air with M1 processor drops to a new low price of $519 at Amazon

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Apple’s midrange iPad has the same CPU as its Pro models, but now for Amazon’s Prime Early Access sale, you can save $80 on its base configuration

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The midrange iPad Air comes with Apple’s highest-end processor for the current iPad line.
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Deals on some of Apple’s latest iPads can sometimes be frequent and fierce. The latest one to see a sizable discount is the 2022 iPad Air, which Amazon is selling for $519 with its base 64GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. That $80 discount is part of Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale, which just kicked off this morning and has numerous discounts running through tomorrow. This one, like many others, is exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers. Though if you don’t do Prime, Best Buy is also discounting it for $519.99.

This iPad Air deal is the lowest price we’ve seen on the midrange iPad. One of the standout features you get with this generation of Air is its M1 processor, borrowing the brains of the much pricier iPad Pros. This CPU gives enough speedy headroom that you can feel confident the 2022 iPad Air will last years to come without feeling super slow after multiple OS updates. The iPad Air is also the most colorful option in Apple’s lineup, so it’s nice that you have your pick of all five colors for today’s special deal.

Apple’s 2022 iPad Air

2022 iPad Air (Wi-Fi)

$59913% off
$520

The latest iPad Air retains the iPad Pro-esque redesign of the 2020 model but does away with the A14 Bionic processor in favor of Apple’s lightning-fast M1 chip. It also comes in one of five colors and boasts a 12MP front-facing camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature.

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While the 10.9-inch display of the iPad Air is nearly the same size as the 11-inch iPad Pro, there are some things you’re giving up by not opting for the pricier Pro. The iPad Air uses Touch ID via a side-mounted fingerprint sensor built into the power button, while the Pros get the convenience of Face ID. The Air also starts with 64GB of storage to the Pro’s 128GB, but if you don’t often find yourself requiring lots of local storage on your devices, the iPad Air should treat you very well — especially for this nicer price.