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iPad Air shootout — 2024 M2 iPad Air vs M1 iPad Air compared

Two years after the last update, Apple has introduced the sixth-generation iPad Air with the M2 processor and a new size. Here’s how they compare on paper.

Fifth-gen iPad Air [left], sixth-gen iPad Air [right]
Fifth-gen iPad Air [left], sixth-gen iPad Air [right]

The iPad Air is decidedly the mid-range option in the Apple tablet catalog. It’s a step up from the iPad and iPad mini in offering Pro-level performance through its use of Apple Silicon, but it’s not quite at the level of the iPad Pro range itself.

Apple’s last change to the iPad Air was in March 2022, meaning there has been a two-year gap between the fifth and sixth generations.

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