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To Air or Not to Air?
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Apr 27, 2023, 07:36 PM
So, my trusty 1st-gen iPad Air is starting to give up the ghost, and I’m looking at my options for a replacement. Looking at Apple’s refurb offerings, I’m kind of shocked at the price difference between the Airs and the standard iPad. The Airs are substantially more expensive.

The main reason I got the Air way back then was for the weight savings. At least back then, the difference was striking. Is the weight difference between Airs and not-Airs still as marked? How about performance differences between the two?
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Apr 27, 2023, 07:48 PM
According to MacTracker, the weights are as follows:
1st gen iPad Air: 1.0 pounds. (what you're used to)
4th gen iPad from the same time: 1.46 pounds.
Current models:
10th gen iPad: 1.06 pounds
5th gen iPad Air: 1.02 pounds
4th gen iPad Pro 11-inch: 1.04 pounds
6th gen iPad Pro 12.9-inch: 1.51 pounds

Looks like they're mostly differentiated by screen size, and most are now about the same weight you're used to. I'd choose based on features, and not worry about the weight.
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Apr 27, 2023, 08:35 PM
I went with the non-air.... the weight is not really an issue and I still have a home buttan!
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