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iPad Air gets a faster processor and a supersized 13-inch option

The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air

Apple's iPad Air has been given a long-awaited update, with a new size option offered alongside the usual spec bump upgrade.

The sixth generation of iPad Air is now a reality, arriving approximately two years after Apple's last update to the product line. The new generation also goes beyond a typical product update, with Apple bringing out new sizes of iPad Air for consumers to try.

Taking a leaf from the iPad Pro range, the iPad Air is now offered in two distinct sizes. The previous 10.9-inch iPad Air's screen has been upgraded to a full 11 inches, meanwhile a second model offers a much larger 13-inch workspace.

For resolutions, the 11-inch is 2,360 by 1,640, while the 13-inch is 2,732 by 2,048 pixels. While gaining the iPad Pro sizing, the iPad Air remains on its current Liquid Retina display technology, complete with LED backlighting.

There is Wide Color (P3) support and True Tone. While the 11-inch manages 500 nits of brightness, the 13-inch can go up to 600 nits.

The 13-inch iPad Air gives you more space to work with in Stage Manager
The 13-inch iPad Air gives you more space to work with in Stage Manager

The FaceTime camera has been shifted over to a landscape orientation, complete with a 12-megapixel sensor and ultra-wide viewing angle. There are landscape stereo speakers too, with double the bass than the previous model in the 13-inch version.

On the back is a 12-megapixel wide camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 5x digital zoom, and Autofocus with Focus Pixels. It's capable of 4K 60fps recording, a 240fps 1080p Slo-mo video, and cinematic video stabilization.

For 2024, Apple is continuing its use of the M-series chips in the iPad Air, shifting from the M1 to the M2. In terms of performance, it's approximately 15% faster for CPU performance, with its 10-core GPU also providing a performance boost of 25%, with the 16-core Neural Engine being 40% faster.

The construction of the iPad Air continues to borrow elements from the iPad Pro lineup, with flat edges and an industrial appearance overall. Touch ID continues to be used, located on a side button out of view.

The 11-inch model has a 28.93-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, with the 13-inch using a 36.59-watt-hour version. Both can last up to 10 hours for web surfing and watching video on Wi-Fi, though cellular models go for up to 9 hours of web surfing on cellular.

The four colorways of the new iPad Air
The four colorways of the new iPad Air

Shipping next week and available now, the new iPad Air with Wi-Fi start from $599 for the 128GB capacity 11-inch model, $799 for the 13-inch. Cellular versions start from $749 for the 11-inch iPad Air, $949 for the 13-inch iPad Air.

There are also 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacity options, and a choice of four colors available: Blue, Purple, Starlight, and Space Gray.