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Apple iPad Air (M2) hands-on: Now available in a larger 13-inch size

By Kenny Yeo - 12 May 2024

Apple iPad Air (M2) hands-on: Now available in a larger 13-inch size

Note: This feature was first published on 8 May 2024.

The iPad Air is now available in two sizes – 11 and 13-inches.

There’s now a larger 13-inch model, and that’s really the biggest news to the new iPad Air lineup. There are other improvements, of course, but having a 13-inch iPad Air means users who prefer larger displays now have a more affordable option and an alternative to the 13-inch iPad Pro.

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The displays look nice, even if they are just regular Liquid Retina displays that use LCD panels. But they are very clearly no match for the new iPad Pro’s Ultra Retina XDR display. Apple says the 13-inch model provides 30% more display real estate, and judging from the demos I were shown, that figure feels entirely believable.

Physically, these new iPad Airs will feel familiar to anyone who has used a relatively new iPad Air before. The design hasn’t changed much, if at all, and the build quality remains top notch. The only physical change is that the front-facing FaceTime camera has been moved to the long side so that it’s above the display when in landscape mode. This is a much welcomed change, especially for users who spend most of their time in video conferencing apps.

The USB-C port on the new iPad Air still supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, which means transfer speeds up to 10Gbps.

The other noteworthy change is that the iPad Air is now powered by the M2 chip, which means they should deliver the same performance as the last generation iPad Pro, so it should be fast. The use of the M2 chip also allows the iPad Air to get the  Apple Pencil Hover, which was previously exclusive to the iPad Pro. Speaking of the Apple Pencil, the new iPad Air will work with the second-generation Apple Pencil as well as the new Apple Pencil Pro.

The iPad Air is available in four new colours: Blue, Purple, Starlight, and Space Grey. Pictured here is Purple.

Apple said the iPad Air was designed to take technologies that pioneered on the iPad Pro and deliver them at a more affordable price. Based on first impressions, they seemed to have mostly delivered. With the exception of a Liquid Retina XDR display and a couple of other less crucial features, one could argue that the newest iPad Air is basically a last-generation iPad Pro in more colours. And I don’t think many people would think that's a bad thing at all.

Pricing and availability

The new iPad Air is available to order now and will be available in retail on 15 May 2024. Prices start at $899 for the 11-inch model and S$1,199 for the 13-inch model.

You can order the new iPad Pro on LazadaShopee, and the Apple Online Store.

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