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How to preorder the Apple iPad Air 5 — date and how to get yours

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Update: Some users are complaining about iPad Air 5 build quality

Apple iPad Air 5 preorders are over and Apple's new tablet is widely available for purchase. Announced during the last Apple Peak Performance event, the newest member of the iPad family sports Apple's new M1 chip, which Apple claims is 60% faster than the previous-gen iPad Air.

The new tablet starts at $599 for the base 64GB model. If you're wondering where to preorder the iPad Air 5, we've listed all the retailers and carriers that are now offering Apple's new powerful tablet below. If you're interested in discounts on other iPads, we expect to see a new wave of iPad deals in the days to come.

For instance, the 2020 iPad Air is now $100 off at Amazon. It's the best price we've seen for this tablet all year. (And it's just $10 shy of an all-time price low we saw last October). 

iPad Air 5 preorders — retailers

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iPad Air preorders: from $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
iPad Air preorders are live at Amazon. The new tablet is powered by Apple's M1 processor, which features an 8-core CPU that delivers up to 60% faster performance than the previous-gen iPad Air. Other new features include a 12MP ultra wide front camera that supports Center Stage and 5G support (cellular models only). The tablet also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640), 12MP wide (rear) camera, USB-C charging, and Magic Keyboard support. 

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iPad Air preorders: from $599 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Free Apple Music & more! Best Buy is offering two iPad Air preorder deals right now. Trade-in a tablet and you'll get up to $450 off your new iPad Air purchase. Alternatively, Best Buy is also bundling Apple freebies with your iPad Air 5 preorder. New subscribers can get 6 free months of Apple Music, 6 free months of Apple News Plus, and 3 free months of Apple TV Plus.

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iPad Air preorders: from $599 @ B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
B&H Photo is offering iPad Air preorders. Apple's tablet is available in a wide range of colors and configurations. 

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iPad Air preorders: from $599 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
Adorama is offering iPad Air 5 preorders. The tablet is available in a wide range of colors and configurations. 

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Apple iPad Air 5: up to $680 off w/ trade-in @ Apple (opens in new tab)
The Apple Store is taking up to $680 off your iPad Air 5 preorder with an eligible trade-in. 

iPad Air 5 preorders — wireless carriers

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iPad Air 5 preorders: from $749 @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
iPad Air 5 preorders are now available at AT&T. The carrier will offer the iPad Air 5 with 5G connectivity from $749.99.  

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iPad Air 5 preorders: up to $180 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon is offering up to $180 off new iPad Air 5 preorders with trade-in. Also, if you purchase a new iPad Air 5 on a monthly payment plan at Verizon — you'll get $150 off an iPhone purchase. Buy both online and you'll get an extra $50 off. 

When to expect iPad Air 5 preorder deals

You may be thinking it's too early for iPad Air 5 deals, but the truth is retailers waste no time when it comes to discounts on new Apple products. We expect to see the first iPad Air 5 deals as early as this week. That said, don't expect to see many dollar-off discounts. 

  • Amazon predictions (opens in new tab): The biggest online retailer on the planet is usually the first to offer dollar-off discounts on new Apple devices. Expect to see from $20 to $30 off the base iPad Air configuration sometime this week or early next. As for the iPad Air 5's A14 Bionic-based predecessor, expect deals on the older iPad Air (2020) to hit $489 to $499 — which would be its lowest price ever. 
  • Apple Store (opens in new tab): For trade-in deals, you'll want to head to the Apple Store. Apple is already offering up to $680 in credit when you trade in your old iPad for a new iPad Air 5. 
  • Best Buy predictions (opens in new tab): The retailer will likely bundle a host of free Apple services with the purchase of a new iPad Air. Expect to get 6 free months of Apple Music, 6 free months of Apple News Plus, and 3 free months of Apple TV Plus. Best Buy also tends to offer great trade-in deals, so expect to save up to $450 when you trade in an old iPad for the new iPad Air 5.

iPad Air 5 preorders — what you get for $599

The new iPad Air's biggest upgrade is its powerful M1 processor, which is the same CPU that powers it iPad Pro lineup. Otherwise, you get the same 10.9-inch Liquid Retina 2360 x 1640 display, 12MP rear camera, and 12MP ultra-wide camera. Consumers will also have the option of buying a 5G-capable iPad Air 5. Here's how it stacks up to its predecessor.  

iPad Air 5iPad Air 4
Screen size10.9-inch10.9-inch
Screen resolution2360 x 16402360 x 1640
CPUM1A14 Bionic
Storage64GB / 256GB64GB / 256GB
Rear Camera12MP12MP
Front Camera12MP ultra-wide7MP wide
ConnectivityWi-Fi / 5GWi-Fi / 4G
Weight1 pound1 pound
Dimensions9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.