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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Green Apple iPhone 13 Mini, Pro up for pre-order on Amazon India

During the Apple Event held on March 8th, 2022, Apple had announced iPhone 13 models will be available in a new Green color. All 3 models in this series – iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro models are now available to purchase in this new color. You can pre-order these online in India from Amazon.in starting today.

Prices
Green Apple iPhone 13 Mini model has a launch selling price of ₹69,900 while the regular iPhone 13 model costs ₹74,900. The top-end iPhone Pro model has a launch price of ₹1,19,900 in India online.

Launch Offer – Bank Instant Discounts
Flat INR 6000 Instant Discount on iPhone 13 and 13 Mini when bought using an ICICI Bank Credit Card, Kotak Bank Card, or using SBI Credit Card Transactions. Terms and Conditions apply. ( Rs 5000 for iPhone 13 Pro )

Other than the color, these models have the same specs and features as the older models. It is powered by Apple’s powerful A15 Bionic chip and supports 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording. As is the case with Apple iPhones, these models are expected to get 5+ years of software updates.

iPhone SE 3rd gen ( 2022 ) is also now available to pre-order in India online. The price of this starts at ₹43,900. You can buy this in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. iPhone SE 2022 is also powered by Apple A15 Bionic chipset.

Another new product apple announced during the March 8th event – 2022 Apple iPad Air with Apple M1 Chip – is also available to pre-order from Amazon.in. It has a starting price of ₹54,900.

Apple Mac Studio 2022 India Prices Announced | Pre-order now

Apple has officially launched Mac Studio 2022 desktop in India online. The price starts at ₹189900 for the base model. You can pre-order this online from the Apple Store, and will is expected to be available to purchase from Flipkart, Amazon.in, Reliance Retail, Croma Retail, etc in the coming days.

Apple Mac Studio 2022 is powered by either an Apple M1 Max chip or a more powerful M1 Ultra chip. The cheapest priced Mac Studio ( ₹189900 ) is powered by M1 Max chip which has a 10-core CPU and a 24-core GPU.

The M1 Ultra powered Mac Studio price starts at ₹389900 in India. It has a 20-core CPU and a 48-core GPU. If money is not an issue, and you want the best Graphics performance, then you can shell out more money and buy a variant with M1 Ultra that has a 64-core GPU ( MRP Price: ₹489900 ).

M1 Ultra powered Mac Studio has 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports on the front, while the M1 Max model has 2x USB Type-C port instead. The base model has 32GB of unified memory ( ram ). The top-end model has 128GB of unified memory.

The base model ships with 512GB SSD storage, but you can customize and get up to 8TB SSD.

The maxed-out Apple Mac Studio can cost you a whopping ₹789900 ( 128GB memory / 8TB SSD / M1 Ultra 20-core, 64-core GPU ).

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the best-selling Apple Mac Mini powered by M1 chip. It costs ₹77,400 ( 8GB ram / 512GB SSD ).

Apple Mac Studio 2022 India Models and Prices
ProcessorMemory and StorageMRP Price in India ( March 2022 )
Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine32GB unified memory /
512GB SSD storage
₹189900
Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine32GB unified memory /
512GB SSD storage
₹209900
Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine64GB unified memory /
1TB SSD storage
₹249900
Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 48-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine64GB unified memory /
512GB SSD storage
₹369900
Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine64GB unified memory /
512GB SSD storage
₹469900
Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine64GB unified memory /
1TB SSD storage
₹489900
Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine128GB unified memory /
1TB SSD storage
₹569900
Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine128GB unified memory /
8TB SSD storage
₹789900

Source: Apple Store India

[ ₹52,490 ] Apple Mac Mini Offer on Amazon India [ 2022 Feb update ]

2020 Apple Mac Mini (Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU and 8‑core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) is on offer on Amazon India. The current deal price is ₹57,490. However, you can get it for as low as ₹52,490 with Rs 5000 Instant Discounts when bought with ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, and SBI Credit Cards.

2020 Apple Mac Mini is powered by Apple M1 chip, which is one of the fastest processors you can have in a computer as of this writing. The same processor also powers Apple Macbook Air 2020 models.

It comes with 8GB of ram and has 256GB SSD storage. It uses unified memory, and you can’t upgrade it to more ram or storage.

If you are looking for a mini PC, and if you already use an external monitor for your work from home purposes, this is a great buy for this price. Performance-wise it outclasses many other – almost every other – laptop or desktop tower PC in this price range.

The launch selling price for this model is ₹64900. Check here for the current lowest price and offers. You can also buy the 8GB ram 512GB Mac Mini from Amazon.in for an offer price of ₹70,490 ( including Instant Discount bank offer ).

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2020 Apple Mac Mini Offer Specifications

  • Processor: Apple M1 Chip ( 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores )
  • Graphics: 8-core GPU
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB unified memory
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD
  • Ports: Ethernet RJ-45, 2x Thunderbolt / USB 4, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-A ports (up to 5 Gbps), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless and Communication: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds)
  • Maximum continuous power: 150W

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 M1 Mac Mini Lowest Price Offer on Amazon India [ Feb 2022 ]

During the Oct 2021 Apple Event, Apple has launched new 2021 Macbook Pro 14 and 16 laptops with new Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max silicon. These are updated versions of the first-gen Apple M1 chip launched in 2020 and offer better overall performance and graphics. However, these new laptops are quite expensive.

Feb 2022 update: 2020 Apple Mac Mini M1 Offer on Amazon India – Get it for ₹52,490 ( including Rs 5000 Instant Discount with Bank Cards ).

If you want to use Mac OS with an Apple M1 chip, there is a cheaper option available in the form of the 2020 Apple Mac Mini which is now on offer online on Amazon.in.

You can grab it for a Diwali Sale Deal price of ₹57,990. This is the lowest price ever for Apple Mac Mini 2020 edition. Just plug in an external monitor via HDMI and you got a fantastic, fast and responsive desktop to use. Even though this chipset is a generation old, it is still one of the faster processors you can have in a PC.

The base model comes with 8GB of ram and has 256GB SSD storage. There is also a 512GB SSD model in stock, which sells for ₹75,990.

Other Apple products on Offer
Apple Macbook Air 13 with Apple M1 chip is also available at a Discount. Check out the current lowest price here. Apple AirPods Pro is available for the lowest price of ₹17,990 as well.

Note: Even though the listing says New Apple Mac Mini, this doesn’t have the new Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, instead uses the first-gen M1 chip.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack launched in India | Price, Specs

Apple has launched the MagSafe Battery Pack in India online. It has a launch selling price of ₹10,900 ( Sep 2021 ). It’s an Apple product, so naturally, the price is a bit on the higher side. This Apple battery back is now listed and available to purchase online from Amazon.in. Check here for the current lowest price and availability.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack is compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini models, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 models.

You can get up to 15W of wireless charging for your iPhone with this Magsafe battery pack. You can charge this up faster using the 27W or higher charger, like those that ship with MacBook to juice up the pack faster.

Using this battery pack, you can get up to 40% additional charge with iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Note: Power adapter and cable are not included with the pack.

Related Read: Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 and iPad 10.2 9th Generation up for pre-order on Amazon India.

From the manufacturer
Attaching the MagSafe Battery Pack is a snap. Its compact, intuitive design makes on-the-go charging easy. The perfectly aligned magnets keep it attached to your iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro — providing safe and reliable wireless charging. And it automatically charges, so there’s no need to turn it on or off. There’s no interference with your credit cards or key fobs either. The MagSafe Battery Pack can charge even faster when coupled with a 27W or higher charger, like those that ship with MacBook. And when you’re in need of a wireless charger, just plug in a Lightning cable for up to 15W of wireless charging.

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

5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

Despite the Pandemic, we saw some great Smartphone launches in the year 2020. Apple came out with iPhone 12 Series with super fast chipsets and great cameras. Google on the other hand focused on launching mid-range smartphones like Pixel 4A and Pixel 5 5G instead of flagship mobiles. We also saw better foldable smartphones from Samsung. LG did their thing by designing phones nobody thought of bringing out to the markets. 2020 also saw Honor becoming an independent brand, probably as a part of plans to launch with Google Apps.

2021 is going to be a continuation of what we got in 2020. We are going to see a lot of Android Flagships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Like last year, Megapixel wars will be full-on with 64MP and 108MP cameras showing up on more and more smartphones. 120Hz and 144hz refresh rate screens are going to show up on even budget Android smartphones priced under Rs 15,000.

5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

OnePlus 9 / OnePlus 9 Pro
Even though we saw OnePlus settling with mid-range and cheaper Nord Series of smartphones in 2020, their main focus for 2021 would definitely be on launching their flagship OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Android smartphones. These models will come with Snapdragon 888 chipset and pack multi rear cameras. This would be the first OnePlus flagship to feature a 64MP main camera instead of the 48MP ones they used in older flagships like OnePlus 8 and 7 Series.

Google Pixel 6
Instead of competing with flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, Google focused on bringing affordable Pixel phones in 2020. We can expect them to adopt a similar strategy in 2021 as well, and bring Pixel 5A and Pixel 6 5G smartphones for affordable prices. Google hasn’t cared to change the Camera hardware on the Pixel phones for some generations now. Despite having an old sensor, these phones take great photos thanks to the amazing computational photography algorithms Google Camera software has. With the upcoming Pixel 6, we can expect them to bring a new-gen 12MP Sony sensor instead with improved HDR Plus and Nighsight features.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
There are many leaks already in the wild of these upcoming flagships from Samsung. There is also a rumor Samsung would stop making the hugely popular Galaxy Note Series and bring the stylus capabilities to the S21 models. Let’s wait and see. Samsung in 2020 surprised everyone by launching an affordable flagship with Galaxy S20 FE ( Fan Edition ). We are definitely going to see an S21 FE Edition in 2021 with improved overall specs and features.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple usually uses the same Main camera on all the phones in their series. However, they changed that with the iPhone 12 Series. The most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max features a better, bigger sensor offering some unique photography and videography capabilities other iPhone 12 models can’t do. In 2021, we are going to see an improved version with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with Apple’s own A15 Bionic chipset on board while the cheaper iPhone 13 models will gain some features from the 12 Pro Max.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi has already announced Mi 11 Android Smartphone with Snapdragon 888. However, the top-end flagship from them will be launching at a later time in 2021 – the Mi 11 Pro model. It will have a lot in common with the regular model but will feature more and better cameras as well as a more premium display with a higher refresh rate.