iPad Air 5 vs iPad Air 4: Which one to Buy and Why?

iPad Air 5 vs iPad Air 4: Which is the best for me?

Buy the iPad Air 5 or opt for the previous model? That’s the question many are asking after Apple’s “Peek Performance” presentation. Yes, we are aware of the changes brought by the company’s new product, but, which one is worth it for the average user?

What has changed between the iPad Air 2023 and 2020? Are the reasons enough to pay more, or is it better to opt for the old model?

Today, we are going to answer all your questions with our comparison. This way you will know whether to choose the fifth generation iPad Air, or better take advantage of the discounts of the previous model. Although this new version is identical to its predecessor, Apple has reserved the most important changes for the interior of the device.

The iPad Air has always been a device known for delivering balance between performance and attractive price. Indeed, with the inclusion of the M1 chip in this new generation, the device is able to match its big brother, the iPad Pro, in terms of performance.

Comparison Table: iPad Air 5 vs iPad Air 4

iPad Air 5 (2023) iPad Air 4 (2020)
Price 679 € 649 €
Dimensions 9.74×7×0.24
462.66 grams
24.74 x 17.78 x 0.61cm
453.59 grams
Processor M1 A14 bionic
Storage room 64 GB, 256 GB 64 GB, 256 GB
Screen 10.9 inch liquid retina 10.9 inch liquid retina
Resolution 2360 x 1640 resolution at 264 dpi 2360 x 1640 resolution at 264 dpi
True Tone Yes Yes
P3 color range Yes Yes
face time camera 12MP ultra-wide angle FaceTime HD 7MP
Centered framing Yes No
Rear camera 12MP wide-angle 12MP wide-angle
Video 4K 24/30/60fps,
Slow motion 1080p 240fps
4K 24/30/60fps,
Slow motion 1080p 240fps
connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz), Gigabit-class LTE,
Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6
Gigabit-class LTE,
Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6
ports USB-C USB-C
Biometrics Touch ID Touch ID
Battery until 10 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Colors Space Gray, Starry White, Pink, Purple, Blue Space Gray, Silver, Rose Gold, Light Blue, Green
Apple Pencil 2 support Yes Yes
smart connector Yes Yes


Despite all the rumors that we’ll see an OLED display on the iPad Air 5, that didn’t happen. Apple has opted for the same panel that we already knew in the previous version, with LED lighting and 2360 x 1640 pixel resolution. It also offers the same level of brightness with 500 nits, P3 color gamut and True Tone.

Of course, the iPad Air 2023 is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation, just like its predecessor. In this section, we will find a fairly similar, if not identical, experience.