According to some users, the build quality of the iPad Air (2022) is not comparable to the previous generation model. Some early customers of the new iPad Air have complained about the inferior design of the back cover on online platforms. Users claim that the iPad Air (2022) backplate feels much thinner than the previous model. Some consumers mention that the thin construction leads to creaking. Apple didn’t confirm any build-level changes for the iPad Air (2022) at the time of its announcement at the Peek Performance event earlier this month.
One of the users said in a Reddit thread that he heard creaking noises while holding the iPad Air (2022).
“I ordered and received two blue iPad Air (2022) today and I’m a bit shocked,” said the user called. “The aluminum backplate is much thinner than the iPad 4, which I also have. You can almost feel the battery through the plate where you hold the device.”
A few other users also confirmed the issues raised by the original complainant and suggested that the build quality issues could only be fixed by putting their new iPad Air in a folio case.
A few users have too Posted about the same build quality issues with the iPad Air (2022) on Apple Community Forums.
The new device is said to make clunky noises from the back when you hold it with both hands.
Some of the affected users reported that the problem existed even on their second and third replacement models.
At the time of unveiling the new iPad Air earlier this month, Apple called in its press statement that the device is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The last generation iPad Air – iPad Air (2020) – also wore a construction made of 100 percent recycled aluminum material.
Exact details on whether the new iPad Air has undergone changes in build quality compared to its old model are not yet known. However, given the user complaints, it’s likely that Apple considered a thinner case to have some space for the updated hardware that includes the M1 chip.
Interestingly, the dimensions of the iPad Air (2022) are identical to those of the iPad Air (2020). However, the new model weighs a little heavier – up to three grams – ostensibly due to the improved hardware.
Early media reviews of the iPad Air (2022) have yet to reveal any issues with build quality. Still, Gadgets 360 has yet to take the new model for our in-depth review. Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, Gadgets 360 reached out to Apple for comment on user complaints regarding the build quality of the iPad Air (2022). This article will be updated when the company responds.
The new iPad Air went on sale in India and global markets last week. It sports a new 12-megapixel front camera sensor with Center Stage support. However, the design and display of the new model remain unchanged from the previous version.
In 2018, the iPad Pro raised eyebrows for a construction that flexed easily, according to user reports and durability tests conducted by YouTubers. Apple had addressed user concerns at the time by posting a support page noting that the tablet featured a “strong, light and durable” design.
The iPad Pro (2018) model wasn’t the only iPad in the lineup that was bent. The iPad mini (2019) also failed to withstand bending in a stress test.