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iPad Air 5 buyers complain about subpar build quality and creaking noises

Disappointed buyers of the new iPad Air 5 complain about bad build quality which can result in creaking noises (Image: Apple)
Disappointed buyers of the new iPad Air 5 complain about bad build quality which can result in creaking noises (Image: Apple)
The new iPad Air 5 does not seem to get too much praise from early buyers, as many complain about creaking noises and the supposedly "very cheap" build quality of Apple's new tablet in comparison to its 2-year-old predecessor.

At its "Peek Performance" keynote two weeks ago, Apple introduced a bunch of new products like the Mac Studio, a corresponding Studio Display as well as the new and improved iPad Air 5, which now comes with the blazing-fast Apple M1 SoC. However, after Apple's new external monitor has already received numerous rather poor reviews, the new tablet has now also garnered some harsh criticism.

These complaints are mostly caused by the unexpectedly weak build quality of the iPad Air 5. According to a report by MacRumors, which concisely summarizes numerous user experiences posted on a well-known social platform, the iPad Air 5 supposedly feels considerably less sturdy than the iPad Air 4. This may be caused by a much thinner aluminum backplate, which some buyers even describe as "very cheap".

As a result, the sturdiness of the iPad Air 5 suffers as pressing on the 10.9-inch screen can purportedly cause creaking noises, which could also hint at an inferior torsional rigidity. Furthermore, some buyers complain that they can outright feel the integrated battery underneath the thin aluminum case of the iPad Air 5. As the sheer amount of bad user reviews certainly hints at a more widespread issue, we will thoroughly examine the build quality of Apple's new mid-range tablet in our upcoming review.

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MacRumors, Image: Apple

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-03-22 (Update: 2022-03-22)