The new iPad Air comes with 11- and 13-inch screens, an M2 chip and improved spatial audio

Besides the new iPad Pro, the Cupertino giant has just unveiled the 6th generation iPad Air, which represents Apple’s latest entry into the mid-range tablet market, focusing on delivering high-performance hardware in a elegant and lightweight design. Among its features, the key is the introduction of a new 13-inch screen variant alongside the traditional 11-inch model, giving users more options when it comes to screen space.

In terms of design, the iPad Air takes a sustainable approach with its construction, using 100% recycled aluminum. This aligns with Apple’s commitment to environmental responsibility, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality for all of its products by 2030. Unlike some other models, the iPad Air forgoes Face ID in favor of Touch ID for biometric unlockingusing the user’s fingerprint as the access credential.

The device incorporates notable improvements in its camera system. THE 12 MP front camera now supports landscape orientation and features Center Stage technology, which intelligently adjusts the frame to keep the user centered during video calls or recordings. Likewise, the the rear camera has a 12 MP sensorcontributing to overall imaging capabilities.

Audio quality also gets attention, with stereo speakers now positioned in landscape orientation for improved spatial sound. The 13-inch model further improves sound reproduction by doubling the bass, providing a more immersive listening experience.

Under the hood, the iPad Air gets a performance boost thanks to Apple’s M2 processor. This chip offers an incremental increase in processor power over its predecessor, the M1, improving overall processing capabilities. Paired with a 10-core GPU for enhanced graphics performance and a 16-core neural engine for AI tasks, the device aims to provide a seamless user experience in various applications and tasks.

Storage options have been updated, with both size variants starting at 128GB and offering configurations up to 1TB. Additionally, the tablet supports Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and offers versions compatible with 5G networks, which can be activated via eSIM technology for greater convenience and security.

Availability and price

The new iPad Air models come in 4 different colors (Space Grey, Blue, Purple and Starlight) and are available for pre-order, starting at $599 (11 inches, 128 GB) and $799 (13 inches, 128 GB). The first orders will start being delivered from May 15.

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