Some users of the fifth-generation iPad Air are complaining about the alleged reduction in build quality, according to posts on social media (via Me more).


Complaints claim that the iPad Air has a significantly thinner aluminum casing, which results in a squeak, hollow feel in the hand, and slight pressure on the back of the device warping the screen. A thread on Reddit has a slew of complaints from iPad Air‌ users who say they have concerns about the quality of the device. The opening post on the topic states:

I ordered and received two blue iPad Air 2022 today and am a bit shocked. The aluminum backplate is a lot thinner than the iPad 4 I have as well. You can almost feel the battery through the panel when you hold the device. Both iPads feel the same and make squeaking noises when held. This did not happen on the iPad Air 4…

A large number of replies to the thread have been approved and expanded, indicating that it is not an isolated case and some users have even posted videos of squeaking noises coming from gentle taps on the device’s screen to highlight some of the problems. Some responses said the iPad Air “feels very low quality” compared to its predecessor, noting a detectable difference on the back of the device. One response claimed “I feel like I’m feeling inside from behind”.

The first reviews of the fifth generation ‌iPad Air‌ were shared earlier this week, but the reviewers didn’t mention any reduction in build quality, and other than the new color options, the ‌iPad Air‌ is externally identical to the previous generation model. Key new features for the ‌iPad Air‌ include the same M1 chip found in the iPad Pro, 5G connectivity on cellular models, an upgraded 12MP front camera with Center Stage support, a 2x faster USB-C port for data transfer, and new color options. Pricing continues to start at $599 in the US for 64GB of storage.

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