Back Panel Build quality issues for 2022 Apple iPad Air M1 India models?

2022 Apple iPad Air with Apple M1 Chip models were launched during the 2022 March Apple Event. This is the first time Apple is using the M1 chip in an Apple iPad Air series. Older models came with an A-Series chip which is also powerful. The M1 chip is a proven chipset and offers top-end performance, and is also found in Apple’s Macbook Air models as well as Mac Mini 2020 desktops.

So the performance is not an issue here. How about the built quality?

As of this writing ( March 24, 2022 ), there are currently 5 Verified Purchase reviews available on Amazon.in for the 2022 Apple iPad Air with Apple M1 Chip. All these reviewers are giving 1 Star reviews and are complaining about the back panel build quality.

All verified purchase reviews are complaining about one thing – the back panel. “Cracking noise on the back panel” complains a buyer. Another user complains “The new ipad has the worst build quality for its price“.

Read all these verified purchase reviews on Amazon.in here.

These issues are not just for Indian iPad Air models.

Check out this Reddit thread here in which other iPad Air 2022 owners have posted their concerns on the build quality of the back panel.

I ordered and received two blue iPad Air 2022 today and I’m a bit shocked. The aluminium backplate is a lot thinner than on the iPad 4 which I also have. You can almost feel the battery through the plate when you hold the device. Both iPads have the same feeling and are making creaking noises when you hold them. This did not happen on the iPad Air 4. Both are going back but is it just me? I also asked a second person and she felt it too.

Posted by mezzox33142 on Reddit.

In India, the price for iPad Air 2022 with M1 chip starts at ₹54900 for the base 64GB WiFi-only model. The WiFi + Cellular model has a price tag of ₹68900. For that price, Apple should provide a device with good build quality, looks like they somehow didn’t test the quality of the back panel enough and shipped out the devices.

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Reasons to buy an Apple iPad 9th gen over an Android Tablet

Looking to buy a new Tablet? If you are confused about whether to buy a 2021 Apple 10.2-inch Apple iPad 9th Gen / 8th Gen or an Android tablet, this post is for you. Even if you are a long-time Android user, there are a few things an iPad offers that will tempt you to buy an Apple product instead of an Android tablet.

  • Major Software updates for years to come
  • Better designed Apps
  • Good battery life
  • Apple Pencil support
  • iPad OS – Dedicated Operating System Designed for Tablet
  • A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

Unless you own a Google Pixel or a flagship Samsung product, chances are you have to wait weeks and months to get an OTA with the new software update. Apple on the other hand pushes new updates to all eligible devices without much delay. Not only do the updates come faster, but you also get updates for many years to come. Apple sends updates to an iPad for around 4-5 years. There are no Android tablets out there that get such long official updates. So if you are buying an Apple iPad 9th Gen in 2022, you will still be getting major software updates in 2025. How great is that?

Google doesn’t have a dedicated Android Tablet UI. This will change with the launch of the upcoming Android 12L though. Even then, there is something Google can’t fix easily – Tablet App support. Apple Appstore has a lot of great apps designed for Tablets available while many Android apps are not designed well to work on a big, tablet UI. They just scale up to fit the big display and don’t look good. I am not saying all apps are like that but compared to what you get on the Apple AppStore, Google PlayStore apps are a bit behind. Again, this can change in the future, if Google decides to make a dedicated Android version for tablets, and maybe launch a few new Google Pixel tablets as well.

Apple iOS / iPad OS is known for its great battery backup. Many Apple iPhones in the market still have a smaller battery compared to Android phones, but achieve great battery life thanks to the optimizations Apple made in their operating system. Also, Apple uses its own chips, which are again optimized to draw less power. The A13 Bionic chip on the iPad 10.2 9th Generation not only offers good battery life, but it also offers good and fast performance.

Even though you have to pay an extra sum to buy an Apple Pencil, it’s great to have stylus support. It works flawlessly and lets you take Notes, create artworks, etc. The software support is great.

The only major disadvantage/con I can think of is the amount of ram memory this has got. If you multitask a lot with a lot of Google Chrome tabs open and all, chances are you would run into out-of-memory issues. Other than that, and of course a bit expensive, there aren’t many cons I can think of. All in all, I would recommend getting an Apple iPad 9th Gen or even older 8th Gen model over an Android tablet as it offers better value for money in my opinion.

Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 A15 Bionic up for pre-order on Amazon India

Apple has officially launched 2021 iPad Mini 6 models powered by A15 Bionic chip in India online. The launch starting price for this model is ₹46900. You can buy this new iPad Mini 6 models in 4 different color options – Space Grey, Pink, Purple and Starlight. It comes in two storage options – 64GB and 256GB. The starting price for WiFi + Cellular model in India is ₹60900. Pre-order 2021 iPad Mini 6 via Amazon.in from here. ( Available starting from 1 October 2021 ).

Apple iPad mini 6 2021 models are powered by the latest A15 Bionic chip which also powers the new iPhone 13 models. These new models support Apple Pencil 2nd generation.

It features a 8.3 inch IPS display with a 2266×1488 pixels resolution. The max brightness supported by this panel is 500nits. Other features include True Tone display, Wide colour display (P3), Anti-reflective coating etc. Apple has equipped this model with a 19.3Whr battery. You can get up to 10 hours of web surfing on a full charge.

Apple has also launched iPad 10.2 9th Generation model powered by A13 Bionic chip. It has a launch selling price of ₹30900 in India. Pre-order 2021 iPad 10.2 9th Gen via Amazon.in from here. ( Available starting from 1 October 2021 ). Apple iPhone 13 Pre-order starts on Sep 17 on Amazon.in ( check here ).

iPad mini 6 2021 Full Specs

SpecificationValue
Display Features8.3-inch LED-backlit IPS display ( 2266×1488 pixels / Wide colour display (P3) / True Tone display / Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating / Anti-reflective coating / 500 nits brightness / Supports Apple Pencil 2nd generation )
Processor / Chipset64bit A15 Bionic chip ( 6‑core CPU / 5-core graphics / 16-core Neural Engine )
Storage64GB / 256GB
Weight293 grams ( WiFi only model ) – 297 grams ( WiFi + Cellular )
In the box accessoriesUSB-C Charge Cable (1 metre), 20W USB-C Power Adapter
CameraRear Camera: 12MP Wide camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Front Camera: 12MP Ultra Wide front camera, 122° field of view
ƒ/2.4 aperture
AudioDual microphones for calls, video recording and audio recording, Stereo speakers (landscape)
Wireless802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating systemiPadOS 15
SensorsTouch ID, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Three-axis gyro
Charging portUSB-C port with support for: Charging, DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
Battery capacity19.3Whr
Battery backupUp to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi or watching video
Color available inSpace Grey, Pink, Purple and Starlight
iPad Mini 6 2021 Price in India₹46900 – ₹74900 ( Sep 2021 Launch Prices ).

Apple iPad Pro 2021 up for pre-order on Amazon India | Price, Specs

Amazon India has listed the new Apple iPad Pro 2021 as Coming Soon. It will be available to pre-order from Apr 30 online in India. iPad Pro 2021 is available in two sizes – 11 inch iPad Pro 3rd Gen and 12.9 inch iPad Pro 5th Gen. You can buy these iPads in Space Grey or Silver color.

April 30 Update: Apple iPad 2021 models now available to Pre-order from Amazon India. Check here for the current lowest prices and availability.

Apple iPad Pro 2021 India Prices

The 2021 11 inch iPad Pro 3rd Gen base model with 128GB storage has a price tag of Rs 71,990 in India. You can also buy this with 256GB ( Price: Rs 80,900 ), 512GB ( Price: Rs 98,900 ), 1TB ( Rs 1,34,900 ) and 2TB ( Rs 170,900 ) storage options. The base model 128GB WiFI+Cellular has an MRP price tag of Rs 85,990. This item will be released on May 31, 2021.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 5th Gen model has a launch price of Rs 99,990 in India for the base 128GB model. You can also buy this with 256GB ( Rs 1,08,900 ), 512GB ( Rs 1,26,900 ), 1TB ( Rs 1,62,900 ) and 2TB ( Rs 1,98,900 ) storage options. The 128GB WiFi + Cellular 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 has a price of Rs 1,13,900 in India.

Specs and Features

Apple revolutionized the Computer market last year with the launch of Macbook Air and Macbook Pro Laptops powered by Apple’s own M1 chip. It offered much better overall performance compared to many of the Intel-powered Apple Macbooks. Now Apple is bringing the same Apple Silicon chip to the iPads. Both iPad Pro 2021 variants are powered by the M1 chip making them the fastest Tablets ever made.

The 11-inch model features a LED-backlit, IPS Liquid Retina display with a native resolution of 2388×1668 pixels. The more expensive and bigger 12.9-inch model features a mini-LED backlit Liquid Retina XDR display with a native resolution of 2732×2048 pixels. Both models support various display features like ProMotion technology, Wide color display (P3), True Tone display, Anti-reflective coating, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, etc. Apple Pencil (2nd generation) support is available on both models as well.


The Apple M1 chip on these new 2021 iPads has an octa-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores to get the best performance and battery life. It also features 16-core Neural Engine. The 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage models ship with 8GB of ram while the 1TB and 2TB models have 16GB ram.

All models support 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Wi-Fi + Cellular models have support for 5G networks as well as 4G LTE ( depending on the area you live in ). The 11-inch model is powered by a 28.65 watt-hour battery while the 12.9 inch has a 40.88 watt-hour battery. Apple is shipping these new iPads with a 20W USB-C Power Adapter in the box.

Check out the iPad Pro 2021 Pre-order page on Amazon.in here.

Different iPad Pro 2021 Model numbers: MHQR3HN/A, MHQY3HN/A, MHQU3HN/A, MHR33HN/A, MHR23HN/A, MHQX3HN/A, MHQW3HN/A, MHW63HN/A, MHW53HN/A, MHWC3HN/A, MHW83HN/A, MHW73HN/A, MHWA3HN/A, MHW93HN/A, MHNH3HN/A, MHR43HN/A, MHR63HN/A

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen in Stock on Amazon India

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen 128GB / 256GB / 512GB in stock on Amazon India. Check out Lowest Price for Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen variants are now in stock online in India on Amazon. It is available in 3 different storage options – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The new iPad Pro is available in Silver and Space Grey colors and can be bought with WiFi only or WiFi + Cellular option.

iPad Pro 11 inch ( 2nd Gen ) Price in India

iPad Pro 12.9 inch models are in stock as well ( check lowest prices here )

The new Apple iPads are powered by A12Z Bionic chipset which is currently the fastest processor you can get in a Tablet. Performance-wise, there are currently no Android tablet available that come anywhere close to this. Scroll down for Full specs and features.

Specs and Features

  • Display: 11-inch IPS Liquid Retina Screen ( 2388×1668-pixel resolution )
  • Display Features: True Tone display, ProMotion technology, Wide color display (P3), Anti-reflective coating, 600 nits brightness
  • Chipset: 64-bit A12Z Bionic chip
  • Cameras: 12MP F1.8 + 10MP F2.4 ultra-wide | 7MP front camera
  • Video Recording: 4K @ 60fps max
  • Audio: Four speakers
  • Network: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6
  • USB Type C port
  • Battery: 28.65-watt-hour ( Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video )