Apple released the10th generation iPad in October 2022.

This new ipad 10th gen features a redesign, chip upgrade and a colour refresh over its predecessor.

The design of the iPad 10th gen features a very similar look to the iPad Air. The price has also increased, how to make the decision between ipad 10th gen and ipad air. Let’s find out the differences.

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Hardware and specs

iPad (10th gen):  A14 chip, 64/256GB, 12MP front camera, 12MP rear camera, USB-C

iPad Air:  M1 chip, 64/256GB, 12MP front camera, 12MP rear camera, USB-C

The Apple iPad (10th generation) runs on the A14 Bionic chip, which offers a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU.  While the iPad Air runs on the M1 chip, which offers an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. The two both have a 16-core Neural Engine , but the iPad Air also has a Media Engine on board. 

In terms of other specifications, both the iPad (10th generation) and the iPad Air are the camera and USB-C port.

They also both have the same battery promise, with up to 10 hours of watching video or up to 9 hours surfing the web. Both have the same storage options in 64GB and 256GB.

However, the iPad Air is compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, while the iPad (10th generation) is only compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil.


iPad (10th gen): iPadOS 16, no Stage Manager

iPad Air: iPadOS 16

Both the iPad (10th generation) and the iPad Air will run on iPadOS 16, so the experience will be familiar.

However,the iPad Air will offer Stage Manager, while the iPad (10th generation) won’t, but most features will transfer across both models.



The iPad (10th generation) and the iPad Air are the similar designs. Both are uniformed bezels around their displays, aluminium bodies with flat edges and a power button at the top with Touch ID built in.

The iPad (10th gen) has its Smart Connector on the left edge, while the iPad Air has its Smart Connector on the back. 


The colors are also different.

The iPad (10th generation) comes in bright colors Silver, Pink, Yellow and Blue options, while the iPad Air comes in more muted colors, Space Grey, Starlight, Purple, Blue and Pink.

The design of the FaceTime HD front camera is positioned on the right edge of the iPad (10th generation), which makes it more useful for video calling when held horizontally. The iPad Air has the front camera at the top of the display when held vertically. 



The Apple iPad (10th generation) and the iPad Air both come with a 10.9-inch display offering a 2360 x 1640 pixel resolution. It means both devices have a pixel density of 264ppi. 

There are a couple of differences in the iPad (10th gen) and iPad Air displays though. The iPad Air offers a P3 wide colour display, while the iPad (10th gen) is RGB. The iPad Air also has a fully laminated display and an anti-reflective coating, which you likely would notice in use.


The Apple iPad (10th generation) and the iPad Air feature a very similar design, along with the same size display, same storage options, same battery and the same cameras. 

The iPad Air has a more powerful processor M1, and it comes with some extra features, such as Stage Manager, as well as support the 2nd generation Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio. The Air’s display also has an anti-reflective coating. 

Meanwhile, the iPad (10th generation) makes a lot of sense and for many. For others, the iPad (10th generation) will be the one to buy. 

Post time: Nov-01-2022