Should you choose iPad Air 5 or iPad mini 6: The difference between the two is not only the M1 and A15 chips

Apple released the new iPad Air at this spring’s press conference, and directly upgraded the M1 chip like the MacBook, which is equivalent to the M1 chip equipped with the flagship iPad Pro, which makes the iPad Air, which has always been positioned in the mainstream, more powerful. In addition, compared with the iPad mini launched last year, the appearance and hardware configuration of the two models are almost the same, and they are both mainstream, but the difference in screen size is the biggest difference. Now there are more choices between M1 and A15 chips. What should I do? How to choose and buy the most suitable iPad for you?

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There are four types of iPad: iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro

After the launch of the new iPad Air, the iPad series currently sold on Apple’s official website, including the four series of iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro, are all the latest specifications in the past year. And with the upgrade and evolution of each generation, the product positioning of the four series is also clearer. In simple terms, the iPad is the first choice for affordable entry, the small-sized iPad mini has the highest portability, and the iPad Air has the best size and specifications. The mainstream choice, as for the iPad Pro, it is positioned at the highest-end flagship level. Among them, the iPad Air (2022), which was only launched in Taiwan at the end of April, is a fifth-generation product. Compared with the previous generation, the change is smaller. After all, the fourth-generation iPad Air released in September 2020, regardless of its appearance. Or the interior has brought considerable changes, so this year’s iPad Air 5 can be said to be based on the iPad Air 4, and the specifications have been upgraded.

iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro core standards


iPad mini

iPad Air

iPad Pro


10.2 inches

8.3 inches

10.9 inches

11/12.9 inches

Display class


Liquid Retina

Liquid Retina

Liquid Retina/ Liquid Retina XDR


A13 Bionic Chip

A15 Bionic Chip

M1 chip

M1 chip

Number of CPU/GPU cores





Neural network engine core










storage space



main camera

8 million pixel wide angle

12-megapixel wide-angle

12-megapixel wide-angle

●Dual camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle, 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle

●Optical scanner

front camera

12-megapixel ultra-wide angle

12-megapixel ultra-wide angle

12-megapixel ultra-wide angle

The original depth-sensing camera system is equipped with a 1,200 ultra-wide-angle camera

safety certificate

Touch ID (Home button)

Touch ID (top power button)

Face ID






mobile network

Gigabit class 4G LTE





Wi-Fi 5; 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Wi-Fi 6; 2.4GHz and 5GHz

4 key features of iPad Air: M1 chip, centered characters, colorful body is the most eye-catching

The new iPad Air was released about a year and a half after the previous generation. It is an upgrade based on the previous generation. Although the overall changes and surprises are not as strong as the iPad Air in 2020, it is equipped with Apple’s Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, The M1 chip used by the iMac is also the second iPad equipped with the M1 chip after the iPad Pro. It is very topical. Others are equipped with 5G specifications, the front lens has a centered character, a new color scheme, etc. Let’s get to know the new iPad together. Air features.

feature1:powered byM1wafer

Like the iPad Pro launched last year, the new iPad Air uses the M1 chip, which is Apple’s first self-developed system-on-chip (SoC), with an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and a 16-core neural network engine. The former model using the A14 bionic chip can improve the performance by about 60%, and the graphics processing performance is also 2 times faster. The neural network engine also improves the performance of machine learning. Augmented reality is no problem.

Using the popular test software “Geekbench5” in the performance test, it scored about 1,714 points in the single-core part and about 7,279 points in the multi-core part. The scores are comparable to those of the M1 iPad Pro. Compared with the previous generation iPad Air, the single-core score is about 10 points higher. %, and the multi-core is increased by about 70%. It can be seen that the M1 chip has more advantages in multi-tasking. Then test with “AnTuTu” and get about 117,986 points. In the “3DMark Wild Life Extreme” test of graphics processing performance, it got 5,018 points and 30fps, and the performance was very good.

In fact, I used the iPad Air to open “Pro create” for drawing, and it was still smooth after opening several 10 layers, and there was no stuttering phenomenon that the previous generation had; Plan interior spaces, place furniture, or rotate views to see all angles with great flexibility and smoothness. As for playing “Original God”, “Paradise 2: Revolution”, and “Pokémon UNITE”, it is also easy to use.

feature210.9inch colorful body

The exterior design of the new iPad Air is almost the same as the previous generation. The body is made of 100% recycled aluminum metal, and it is available in space gray, starlight, pink, purple and blue. Among them, purple is the new color of iPad mini, blue The color is different from the previous generation, and the color is more intense. As for the 10.9-inch full screen, it uses a Liquid Retina display with 2360×1640 resolution, 264ppi pixels, 500 nits brightness, supports P3 wide color gamut, True Tone original color display technology, and adopts a full-plane fit display, and has Anti-reflective coating, the color accuracy of the screen is also excellent.

The new iPad Air has a 10.9-inch screen and is available in space gray, starlight, pink, purple and blue. Blue is different from the previous generation and is a special color this time.

feature3: Front camera provides people centering

The front-facing camera of the new iPad Air has been upgraded to a 12-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle specification with a 120-degree viewing angle, and supports the “people centering” function available on the iPad Pro. When the user moves, the camera lens will automatically follow the shot, allowing the user to Keep it in the middle of the screen, and when other people are in front of the camera, the camera will automatically zoom out, so that the screen can display multiple people at the same time. During a video conference, the character centering function can make the picture more focused. Currently, all series of iPads also have this function.

Should you choose iPad Air 5 or iPad mini 6: The difference between the two is not only the M1 and A15 chips

feature4: Support Smart Keyboard and 2nd GenerationApple Pencil

In the purchase of peripherals, in addition to the smart double-sided clip, it is also compatible with the iPad Pro 11-inch smart keyboard. The cantilever design can freely adjust the screen to different angles between 80 and 130 degrees. It can reduce the pressure on the neck; in addition, the keyboard with scissor feet has 1mm key travel, and the typing feel is more like a laptop; there is also a touchpad that can be used. In addition, it continues to support the second-generation Apple Pencil. Through the magnetic contacts on the side of the fuselage, it can be used to adsorb the Apple Pencil, and at the same time, it can complete the needs of pairing, charging and storage.

The smart keyboard is designed with a scissor foot structure, and the typing feel is more like a laptop, and it has LED backlight.

Supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can be magnetically attached to the side of the fuselage to complete the needs of pairing, charging, storage, and display power.

How to choose between iPad Air and iPad mini?

In recent years, Apple has been equipped with value-added core chips when launching new iPads. Looking back at the launch of the fourth-generation iPad Air in 2020, it was also equipped with a 5-nanometer A14 bionic chip earlier than the iPhone 12 series; The iPad Pro is the first to be equipped with the M1 chip used in the Mac and MacBook series; the iPad mini is also equipped with the A15 bionic chip used in the iPhone 13 series; and the iPad Air launched this year skips the A15 bionic chip and directly carries the M1 chip. For users who want to buy a new iPad in the near future, after excluding the entry-level iPad and the flagship iPad Pro, how should they choose between the iPad Air and iPad mini with mainstream specifications and price?

Pick 1: 10.9inches or8.3inch good?

The new iPad Air and iPad mini both use the same design style. The body is made of 100% recycled aluminum, and is designed with right-angled flat edges and rounded corners. This is also the common design language of recent Apple products, so There is almost no difference in appearance between the two, the only significant difference is the size and, of course, the color difference.

The new iPad Air and iPad mini use the same exterior design. The biggest difference in appearance is the size, and the relative impact is portability.

The iPad Air has a 10.9-inch screen and the iPad mini is 8.3-inch. Both are full-screen designs, Liquid Retina displays, with P3 wide color gamut, True Tone technology, and 500 nits of brightness, the largest in terms of specifications. The difference is the screen size and resolution. Reflected in the real use situation, 10.9 inches will of course have a better visual experience than 8.3 inches. Whether it is browsing pictures, video playback, drawing, etc., although the visual content is the same, the small size is compared with the large size. , which is somewhat limited.

When browsing e-books, although a page can display the same range, the 8.3-inch iPad mini is more limited than the 10.9-inch iPad Air in terms of visual perception.

Since the new iPad Air and iPad mini have the same screen specifications except for the different screen sizes, there is almost no difference in the visual effect, but when watching videos, the large size is more refreshing.

If you will be handwriting and drawing on the tablet for a long time, it is recommended to increase your budget and choose a large-sized iPad Air.

However, the large screen also brings greater volume and weight, which requires the convenience of carrying around. The compact size of the 8.3-inch iPad mini is still more portable than the 10.9-inch iPad Air. Of course, the weight difference between the two is only about 165 grams. If you usually carry it out, you will only use it at a fixed point, and there will be no need to carry it around your body. The iPad Air will not be a burden. On the contrary, if you need to move frequently , it is easy to use, iPad mini is still more advantageous.

Although the 10.9-inch iPad Air is visually better, the 8.3-inch iPad mini is more suitable for playing mobile games than mobile phones.

Option 2:M1stillA15Chip performance is good?

The M1 chip is the biggest feature of the new iPad Air, but the iPad mini also uses the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13 series. Both are currently Apple’s mainstream chips. For users who value performance, which one has better performance?

First of all, the M1 chip on the iPad Air can be said to be the same chip as the iPad Pro. It is an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU, and it does not reduce a GPU like the entry-level MacBook Air. Therefore, the score measured in Geekbench 5 is similar to that of the iPad Pro. same. The iPad mini is equipped with a down-clocked A15 bionic chip. The single-core and dual-core CPU scores in Geekbench 5 are comparable to the iPad Air equipped with the A14 bionic chip. However, because the GPU has 5 cores, it performs better than the A14 in high-performance games. The chip has advantages and is also known as the most powerful game console in the market. In addition, the iPad Air memory comes to 8GB, while the iPad mini is 4GB, which is also one of the keys to affecting performance.

According to the results obtained by the test software, the performance of the iPad Air will be better than that of the iPad mini. There is no significant difference between actually opening “Pro create” for drawing, and using it to play the “Genshin Impact” game, but in the process of launching more than 10 apps at the same time and switching repeatedly, the iPad Air is still smoother.

Should you choose iPad Air 5 or iPad mini 6: The difference between the two is not only the M1 and A15 chips

iPad Air and iPad mimi benchmarks

test software

iPad Air

iPad mini

Geekbench 5













3DMark Wild Life Extreme



Option 3: Pick the King of Value for Money, or11InchesiPad Procheaper?

In addition to determining the size and specifications according to the needs of use, the price is of course the final consideration. At present, iPad Air and iPad mini have Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+5G versions to choose from, and the 256GB Wi-Fi version will be the same price as 64GB Wi-Fi+5G, that is, there is no need for mobile Internet access, you can exchange Larger capacity version.

Not surprisingly, the price of the iPad mini is still cheaper than that of the iPad Air. In terms of the most basic 64GB Wi-Fi version, the price difference is 3,000 yuan. This can be said to be the price difference between the screen size, M1 and A15 chips, depending on the user. The main consideration is portability or performance, and if you will be handwriting and drawing on the tablet for a long time, it is recommended to choose the iPad Air; if you prefer to carry it with you, or play heavy mobile games, then the iPad mini will be more suitable.

In addition, there is also a voice in the market that “it is more cost-effective to buy 11-inch iPad Pro 64GB”, this is because they are also equipped with M1 chip, and under the same screen size, they are also equipped with Pro Motion automatic adaptation update frequency technology, providing 120Hz screen update rate, And the camera system is equipped with an optical scanner, and has flagship specifications such as Face ID… and you can buy the flagship iPad Pro for an extra 2,000 yuan, which looks quite attractive. However, it must be limited to the purchase capacity of 128GB to correspond to the iPad Air 64GB Wi-Fi+5G version, or the 22,900 yuan for the 256GB Wi-Fi version. Is it really cost-effective? It is still necessary to return to demand and budget. Besides, the new iPad Pro is about to be updated, and maybe it will have a better price/performance ratio in a few months, but if it is the consumption habit of buying new ones instead of old ones, there is no need to wait deliberately. After all, the elimination of 3C products is fast. , buy early and enjoy early.

iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro 11-inch prices

iPad mini

iPad Air

iPad Pro

8.3 inches

10.9 inches

11 inches



14,900 yuan

17,900 yuan


19,400 yuan

22,900 yuan



24,900 yuan


29,900 yuan



19,400 yuan

22,900 yuan

28,000 yuan


23,900 yuan

27,200 yuan

33,000 yuan

Note: iPad Pro also has 512GB, 1TB, 2TB options

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