Skip to main content

Apple’s new iPad Air is official, with a lot of big upgrades

An official photo of the 2024 iPad Air.

Apple unveiled two new iPad Air models — an 11-inch version and a 13-inch version — at its May 7 “Let Loose” event. This is the first time that two iPad Air models have been launched simultaneously, and they’re both packed with big upgrades.

The new iPad Air models still feature a Liquid Retina display. However, the 12MP front-facing ultrawide camera with Center Stage has been relocated to the landscape edge, making it perfect for video calls. The camera provides high-resolution photos and detailed 4K video, with support for 240 frames-per-second (fps) in slow-motion.

Dual microphones are also included alongside the camera. Both iPad Air models come with landscape speakers with spatial audio. The 13-inch model provides double the bass compared to the 11-inch model.

An official photo of the 2024 iPad Air.

The 11-inch and 13-inch models of the iPad Air now come equipped with the Apple M2 chip, which boasts a 16-core Neural Engine. This chip is also present in the 2022 iPad Pro models and certain Macs. According to Apple, the M2 chip makes the iPad Air 50% faster than its predecessor, which had the M1 chip. The M2 AirPads are also three times faster than the iPad Air models that featured the A14 Bionic chip.

From an accessories standpoint, the iPad Air supports Apple Pencil Hover for greater precision and works with the Magic Keyboard. Like previous models, it includes Touch ID.

An official photo of the 2024 iPad Air.

“We’re so excited to introduce the redesigned 11-inch and all-new 13-inch iPad Air, offering two sizes for the first time. With its combination of a brilliant Liquid Retina display, the phenomenal performance of the M2 chip, incredible AI capabilities, and its colorful, portable design with support for new accessories, iPad Air is more powerful and versatile than ever,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of product marketing.

The 2024 iPad Air is available in Starlight, Space Gray, and new versions of Purple and Blue. It’s encased in 100% recycled aluminum and has storage options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. The 11-inch version starts at $599, while the entry-level 13-inch version starts at $799. Both versions are already available for preorder and will arrive next week.

Editors' Recommendations

Bryan M. Wolfe
Bryan M. Wolfe has over a decade of experience as a technology writer. He writes about mobile.
iOS 17.5 just launched with a huge security feature for your iPhone
Apple iPhone 15 Plus and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max seen from the back.

Apple iPhone 15 Plus (left) and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Apple has just released the iOS 17.5 update for iPhones, which brings a host of new features. For European Union residents, it enables Web Distribution, which means you can sideload apps from the internet and won’t be limited to the App Store.

Read more
Apple’s new iPads look amazing, but there’s one big problem
Renders of the 11-inch and 13-inch models of the iPad Pro 2024.

After a year-long drought, Apple finally released some new iPads during its Let Loose event on May 7. Though it was just the iPad Air and iPad Pro models that were updated, we did get a 13-inch option for the iPad Air along with the standard 11-inch size, as well as iPad Pros with new OLED displays.

The iPad Airs now come equipped with an M2 chip inside, while the iPad Pros mark the debut of the new M4 chip. Exciting stuff, right? Unfortunately, as enticing as the hardware is, there is still one thing holding the iPad back -- and it's all Apple's fault.
Exciting new hardware, boring old software
iPad Air 2024 Apple

Read more
Apple’s new iPad Pro keyboard is a bigger deal than you think
iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.

A fresh crop of iPads is here, and this time around, Apple pulled out all the stops. The new models feature an OLED display, new Pro apps, the thinnest chassis ever, and a next-gen M-processor that has yet to appear elsewhere save for the new iPad Pros. Starting at $999, Apple is charging quite some premium for its new slates. But what truly stood out to me was the new Magic Keyboard — and for multiple reasons.

This one has a full row of function keys and a dedicated escape button. For a device that wants to compete with a laptop, the lack of an escape key was quite a bummer, as was the lack of quick-control function keys. Heck, the Magic Keyboard for the base iPad got that perk, so it was an overdue tweak for the flagship iPadss.

Read more