iPad Air (2024) with Apple’s M2 chip, new 13-inch display variant launched in India: price, specifications

The iPad Air (2024) was launched by Apple in India and global markets on Tuesday at the ‘Let Loose’ event. The sixth-generation iPad Air will be available in 10.9-inch and 13-inch display variants – a first for the iPad Air range. While previous reports suggested that the larger iPad Air will have a Mini-LED screen, both variants presented by Apple are equipped with a Liquid Retina (LCD) screen. The iPad Air (2024) is powered by Apple’s octa-core M2 chip.

iPad Air (2024) Price in India, Availability

iPad Air (2024) price in India starts at Rs. 59,900 for the 11-inch model with Wi-Fi connectivity and 128GB storage. You can also buy it in Wi-Fi + Cellular variant which is priced at Rs. 79,990. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants of the 13.9-inch iPad Air model are priced at Rs. 74,900 and Rs.94,900, respectively. A 256GB storage option will also be available for both variants, according to Apple.

The newly announced iPad Air (2024) comes in Blue, Purple, Space Gray and Starlight color options and will be available for sale in global markets — including India — from May 15. It has a starting price of $599 and $799 for standard and larger display sizes respectively in the US.

In comparison, the iPad Air (5th generation) was launched in India in 2022 at a starting price of Rs. 54,900 for the base model with 64GB storage and Wi-Fi connectivity.

iPad Air (2024) specifications.

Apple equips the iPad Air (2024) with its M2 chip, an octa-core processor that also includes Apple’s Neural Engine for AI tasks on the device. The company claims the new iPad Air offers up to 15 percent improved CPU performance and 25 percent GPU performance compared to its predecessor — Apple says it’s 50 percent faster than the previous model’s M1 chip. The device runs on iPadOS 17 out of the box.

The new iPad Air features an 11-inch Liquid Retina (LCD) screen with the same 2,360×1,640 pixel resolution that arrived on Apple’s 5th generation iPad Air model. This year, the iPad Air will also be available in a version with a 13-inch display with a resolution of 2732×2048 pixels. The displays have a pixel density of 264 ppi, offer True Tone support and P3 color gamut coverage, and have a peak brightness of 500 nits.

You get a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle front-facing camera on iPad Air (2024) for selfies and video calls—now landscape-oriented for landscape video calls. For supported apps like FaceTime, the device also supports Apple’s Center Stage technology, which automatically adjusts the camera angle as you move. On the back, there is a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with automatic image stabilization and support for Smart HDR 4. It supports recording videos with a resolution of up to 4K and up to 60 frames per second, or slow-motion videos up to 1080p at up to 240 frames per second.

Apple’s new iPad Air model offers support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, while the Cellular models also let you connect to 5G networks and offer GPS/GNSS support. There is a USB Type-C port for charging (at 20 W) and data transfer, and the company has equipped the device with a Touch ID sensor on the power button for biometric authentication.

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