Apple announces 2024 iPad Air with M2 chip

The new iPad air will come in two size models for the first time.


Apple’s May 2024 presentation focused on the iPad family of products and included the reveal of the refreshed iPad Air. This year’s model of the tablet packs the powerful M2 processing chip and comes in two different size models for the first time.

The 2024 iPad Air boasts a slew of technical improvements over its predecessor, including processing speed and graphical power. The tablet comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models and can be bought in one of four colors: blue, purple, starlight, and space gray.

The specs of the 2024 iPad Air.

Source: Apple

The new iPad Air comes with four different internal storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The 11-inch model starts at $599 USD and the 13-inch model starts at $799 USD. The tablet is available for pre-order today and will be released next week. Catch all of the news out of today's Apple Event right here on Shacknews.

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    May 7, 2024 7:22 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Apple announces 2024 iPad Air with M2 chip

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      May 7, 2024 7:43 AM

      OLED in iPads, finally

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      May 7, 2024 8:05 AM

      $800 fir an iPad Air?!

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        May 7, 2024 8:24 AM

        It’s $600 for the 11 inch and $800 for the 13

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        May 7, 2024 8:38 AM

        I'm interested in that 13" Air -- could be great for reading comics on, or it could be awkward to hold ... I'm not sure. :D

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      May 7, 2024 8:13 AM

      Wanting to replace my 2017 iPad Pro but $1000 is sorta ouch. With keyboard you’re up to MacBook price

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        May 7, 2024 8:38 AM

        I can’t imagine spending that kinda money and still not getting a real computer out of it.

        I mean presumably some people do or else they’d never sell any but still - yeah, not for me.

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          May 7, 2024 9:33 AM

          Yeah even will all supposed iPad OS workflow improvements over the past five years or whatever, it still feels like a severely hamstrung laptop for doing anything productive.

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      May 7, 2024 8:23 AM

      Some cool stuff but it is critical that the next iPadOS update is a huge one. Looking forward to WWDC.

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      May 7, 2024 8:33 AM

      Kinda disappointed it’s just more spec bumps. Yes OLED is great and speed is speed but I guess the iPad is just gonna stay what it is for the most part

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        May 7, 2024 8:36 AM

        Design wise they are more or less set in stone, and that is probably okay for the most part.

        The software story is what needs to change though, and with WWDC around the corner this wasn’t the event to do it at.

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      May 7, 2024 8:39 AM

      Well now I don’t regret buying an iPad Pro last year since they upped the price by 50% to get an oled upgrade.

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      May 7, 2024 8:40 AM

      I wanted to get a new pro but it appears they didn’t release an updated folio keyboard for it. I use keyboard and tablet modes 50/50 and not being able to fold the keyboard back is a huge bummer. I guess I’ll hold off now.

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      May 7, 2024 10:54 AM

      was kinda hoping for a new iPad Mini, alas

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      May 7, 2024 11:51 AM

      Honestly I’d spend like $400 less and get an Air if it had Pro Motion. I guess that feature is worth $400 to me, crazy. You win, Tim Apple

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      May 7, 2024 11:54 AM

      Amazing hardware, but I don't use my current Pro much. If they would let you do MacOS on these things when docked I would be all over it.

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        May 7, 2024 12:26 PM

        iPadOS holds it back. Its 2nd or 3rd tier always in getting resources or development. Ive given up trying to make the ipad work as a fulltime device.

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        May 7, 2024 12:51 PM

        yeah im sticking with macbooks cause of macos. but man, give me the 120hz, 2x oled, high resolution, $999 price tag too u fucks

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          May 7, 2024 12:53 PM

          It kills me because it’s close to my ideal hardware. Give me fucking MacOS when it’s connected to the keyboard. It would be incredible.

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        May 7, 2024 2:15 PM

        I think Google might be on the right track with the pixel tablet firm factor. The stand with speaker plus the car with integrated stand is really nice. The device itself could be better, but it's a better use case then other tablets I've used.

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      May 7, 2024 1:31 PM

      My current 13" iPad Pro (whichever one first got the M1) is more a source of guilt than anything. I use my phone for 90% of my quick browsing since it's always with me, I use my steam deck for gaming, and I very rarely draw anything.

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        May 7, 2024 2:21 PM

        I avoid using the phone, and use an old 2gen pro for browsing, tv/movies, & books: It gets a lot of use!

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        May 7, 2024 2:51 PM

        yeah I watch porn on it too

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      May 7, 2024 1:32 PM

      A fully upgraded iPad Pro 13" (2TB) + Magic Keyboard + Apple Pencil Pro = $3077, which is on par with a mid-range MacBook Pro.

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        May 7, 2024 3:44 PM

        I priced it out and thought the same thing, especially since iPadOS holds this thing back. Guess I'll stick with my iPad Pro 4th gen for another few years.

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      May 7, 2024 2:43 PM

      I'm still rocking my 2017 Pro. That a great reason to upgrade, but an even better reason to stay the course.

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      May 7, 2024 2:49 PM

      Only 60hz on the iPad Air right? Is it not mini-led either?

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      May 7, 2024 3:05 PM

      They dropped the iPad 10 by $100, I got mine last January -_-

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      May 7, 2024 6:38 PM

      Man, the Air still only does 60hz with no promotion. That's bullshit. After you swipe around on any pro iPad or iPhone from the last few years in butter smooth 120hz using any air at 60 sucks. I really thought the air would get it this revision.

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        May 7, 2024 7:05 PM

        I guess having their crazy-ass dual-layered OLED on the Pro isn't enough screen differentiation.

        Though, to be fair, ProMotion has ONLY ever appeared on "Pro" devices.

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        May 8, 2024 9:06 AM

        It was bs three years ago. Now it’s fermented.

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      May 7, 2024 11:57 PM

      Apple does the upgrade game so well.

      "Nice - new iPad Air. $600 for 11 inch or $800? I probably will make it with a 11 inch and save $200. Hmm - only 128 Gb Storage. I should probably upgrade to 256 Gb. Hmm - now its $700. Hmm -. if I add $100 I get the 13 inch version. Just as well do it. Nice. Wait?? Now its 128 Gb storage. I need 256 Gb - lets upgrade. Hmm - now its $900".

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