Apple unveils new M2 iPad Air in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes

Apple just announced the new M2 iPad Air on May 7, 2024, at its “Let Loose” event. This is a significant update to the iPad Air, as it’s the first time it comes in two sizes: an 11-inch option and a brand-new 13-inch option.

M2 iPad Air features

M2 iPad Air will offer a performance leap for demanding workflows

The biggest upgrade is undoubtedly the M2 chip. This powerhouse delivers a significant leap in performance compared to the previous generation. The new M2 iPad Air offers:

  • Blazing-fast performance: Experience smoother multitasking like never before. Juggling demanding apps like Photoshop, LumaFusion, and high-graphic games becomes effortless.
  • Creative workflows: Edit 4K videos with ease, render complex 3D models in a flash, and create stunning illustrations with newfound responsiveness. The M2 chip handles them all with aplomb.
  • Improved machine learning tasks: Object recognition in photos, real-time translation during video calls, and augmented reality experiences will all benefit from the M2’s enhanced machine learning capabilities.

M2 iPad Air chip

The M2 chip isn’t just about raw power; it boasts improved thermal efficiency as well. This translates to longer battery life, even while pushing the iPad Air to its limits.

Introducing the 13-inch option

Apple has finally answered the call for a larger iPad Air. The new 13-inch model offers more screen real estate, perfect for artists, students, or anyone who wants a more immersive tablet experience. This, coupled with the M2 chip, makes the 13-inch iPad Air a productivity powerhouse for those who demand more canvas.

Still light and colorful

Apple’s new iPad Air is environmentally responsible, as its enclosure is made entirely from recycled aluminum. Despite the 13-inch model’s larger size, it remains slim and lightweight. It offers a range of vibrant color options, including blue, purple, starlight, and space gray, to find a shade that suits your style.

M2 iPad Air color options

Landscape ultra-wide 12MP front camera

The front-facing camera has been relocated to the landscape edge of the device. This means you’ll be looking directly at the camera during video calls, offering a more natural and engaging experience for both you and the person you’re talking to.

This seemingly small change makes a big difference in how comfortable and natural video conferencing feels on the iPad Air.

Sounding even sweeter (especially on the 13-inch)

The 13-inch iPad Air boasts a significant upgrade in the sound department. The improved sound system promises an even richer and more immersive audio experience, perfect for movie marathons, music lovers, and gamers.

Other features

Here’s a closer look at some of the additional features that make the new iPad Air a compelling choice:

  • Storage options: The new iPad Air comes with a starting storage capacity of 128GB, but users can now configure it with up to a whopping 1TB of storage to accommodate large creative projects and extensive media libraries.
  • Display: The new iPad Air features the same stunning Liquid Retina display as the previous model, perfect for crisp visuals and vibrant colors. While it doesn’t boast the new OLED technology found in the iPad Pro, it remains a high-quality display for most users.
  • Camera system: The new iPad Air features a 12MP Wide camera on the back, capable of capturing high-quality photos and videos for everyday use or creative projects.
  • Security: Unlike the Face ID on the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air retains the familiar and secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor for user authentication.
  • Connectivity: Offering super-fast data speeds on the go, perfect for streaming, downloading large files, and staying connected wherever you are.
  • Battery life: Apple claims that the new iPad Air has an all-day battery life, letting you power through your workday, studies, or creative endeavors without worrying about running out of juice.
  • Accessories: The new iPad Air is still compatible with the Magic Keyboard, which transforms it into a full-fledged laptop for those who need a powerful typing experience.
    • Additionally, it supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which magnetically attaches to the side of the tablet for effortless note-taking, drawing, and creative workflows.

The new iPad Air comes with a minimum storage capacity of 128GB, with additional options of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The starting price for the iPad Air is $599, while the 13-inch model starts at $799. You can place an order today, and shipping will commence next week.

M2 iPad Air price

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