Apple iPad Air (2019)

Apple iPad Air (2019)

Quick Description

Not to be confused with the 2013 iPad of the same name, the 2019 model upgrades the "main" iPad line (i.e. not the Mini and not the Pro), but sadly, we lose some of the affordability we enjoyed with the last two generations of iPads.

The tablet is often depicted with the Smart Keyboard(~C$219) and stylus(~C$129), but be careful not to bust your budget because these costs add up quickly; often disguising the iPad actual price as a laptop replacement.

If the keyboard cover is a big deal for you, I'd recommend making sure you don't find a better match among similarly-priced laptops before making a purchase.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this tablet which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their tablet. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $640.

Available at 7 locations, from $550

Based on 102 days of observation, the Apple iPad Air (2019) usually costs ~$650 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this tablet is $549.99. If you were waiting for this tablet to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Apple iPad Air (2019) to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on The Source, Apple, Staples, Best Buy, Sasktel, London Drugs, Bell or Walmart at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Apple iPad Air (2019) ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Tablets

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price1/5
Price2.5/5
Durability1/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage3/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance1/5

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price2/5
Durability1.5/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance1/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability0.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: iOS (iPad)
Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
Graphics: Apple A12 Graphics
Memory: 3.00 GB
Storage: 64.00 GB
Screen Size: 10.5"
Screen Resolution: 2224×1668(264.76ppi)
Dimensions: 25.06 × 17.41 × 0.61 cm
Weight: 0.456 kg

The features

  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Touch Screen
  • Lightning
  • USB 2
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Pressure-Sensitive Stylus

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 4/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (3 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (1 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 5)

Video Editing (1 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (3 / 66)

Video Games (6 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (1 / 67)

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