Monday, May 27, 2024

Apple releases the 11- and 13-inch iPad Air with M2 chips

Apple unveiled the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air with M2 chips today. First released in two sizes, the 11-inch Apple iPad Air is ultra-portable and the 13-inch variant offers more workspace for work, learning, and play. Both boost performance and capabilities, making this more powerful and adaptable than ever. M2’s faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine make the new iPad Air a strong AI tablet. iPad Air’s landscape-edge Ultra Wide 12MP camera with Centre Stage is ideal for video conversations.

Wi-Fi is speedier, while cellular variants have 5G for mobile connectivity. iPad Air lets users be more productive and creative with its portable design, all-day battery life, dazzling Liquid Retina display, and compatibility for Apple Pencil Pro, Apple Pencil (USB-C), and Magic Keyboard. New iPad Air colours are blue, purple, starlight, and space grey. The 11-inch iPad Air costs $599, while the 13-inch is a bargain at $799. Today, you can order the iPad Air for Wednesday, May 15.

It is popular among students, content creators, small businesses, and others for its performance, portability, and affordability. Bob Borchers, Apple Product Marketing VP, said iPad Air improves. Apple are excited to introduce the updated 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air. It is more powerful and versatile than ever with its Liquid Retina display, M2 chip performance, AI capabilities, and colourful, portable design with support for new accessories.

New iPad Air: Two Sizes

The 11-inch iPad Air’s makeover makes it ideal for mobile work. For larger displays, the 13-inch iPad Air has 30% more screen space than the 11-inch model. Users can capture their thoughts in Freeform or watch numerous apps in Split watch in iPadOS on the large display. Both versions have superior screens with Liquid Retina design, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone technology, high brightness, and P3 wide colour, resulting in rich, colourful content and sharp typography in all lighting circumstances.

Front-facing landscape camera

Front-facing Ultra Wide 12MP camera is positioned along landscape border of revamped iPad Air. Centre Stage employs machine learning (ML) to keep everyone in view on the camera. This new camera location is ideal because it’s the most common orientation for iPad users, whether they’re FaceTimeing pals or having a video conference on it with a keyboard. It’s 12MP Wide rear camera captures high-resolution images and 4K video with 240-fps slo-mo. Dual microphones function with cameras to capture audio from the camera and reduce background noise. Recent iPad Airs have landscape stereo speakers with Spatial Audio. Music and films sound better on the 13-inch model with double the bass.

Extra Performance with M2

The more powerful 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU of the M2 processor increase iPad Air performance. M2 is a strong chip that improves on M1, giving iPad Air users a considerable performance boost. The new iPad Air is over 50% faster than the iPad Air with M1 for productivity and creative workloads due to increased memory bandwidth. The new iPad Air is 3x faster than the A14 Bionic model. M2 speeds up everything from producing interesting content in Affinity Designer to playing graphics-intensive games like Zenless Zone Zero.

Powerful AI Device

M2, with its 40 percent faster 16-core Neural Engine, makes the new iPad Air a fantastic AI gadget. It has ML accelerators in the CPU, a fast GPU, and Apple silicon’s unified memory architecture for great AI performance. This performance lets users employ sophisticated iPadOS features like Visual Look Up, Subject Lift, and Live Text. Advanced frameworks like Core ML make it easy for developers to use the Neural Engine to provide sophisticated AI features on iPadOS.

Users can use Photomator’s Auto Enhance tool to improve images with a single click using AI models or Onform’s motion tracking to analyse athletic performance like never before thanks to the huge ecosystem of apps with advanced AI features. It supports cloud-based AI-powered productivity and creative apps including Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 and Adobe Firefly.

Wireless 6E/5G speeds up connectivity

It’s quicker wireless connectivity lets consumers do more. Wi-Fi 6E on it lets users download files, play games online, and stream movies at up to 2x the performance of the previous generation. Wi-Fi + Cellular versions with 5G let customers quickly access files, chat with friends, and back up their data. The new iPad Air’s cellular variants feature eSIM, a more secure SIM card, to connect and transfer plans digitally and store several plans on a single device. It can connect to wireless data plans in over 190 countries and regions without a SIM card from a local carrier.

Multipurpose Accessories, Like Apple Pencil Pro

Even more magical capabilities and strong new interactions enhance the Apple Pencil experience in Apple Pencil Pro. A unique barrel sensor detects a squeeze and opens a tool pallet to easily alter tools, line weights and colours without halting creativity. A unique haptic engine confirms squeezes, double-taps, and snaps to Smart Shapes with a light tap for a highly intuitive experience. A gyroscope lets users spin Apple Pencil Pro for precise control. Like pen and paper, rotating the barrel rotates shaped pen and brush instruments. Apple Pencil hover lets users see tool orientation before marking.

These sophisticated features allow Apple Pencil Pro users to visualise their ideas in new ways and developers to create custom interactions. Find My feature new to Apple Pencil Pro, enabling users find it if lost. An innovative magnetic interface couples, charges, and stores it on iPad Air. It supports Apple Pencil (USB-C) for taking notes, sketching, annotating, journaling, and more at a terrific price.

iPad Air works with Magic Keyboard, which has a floating design, trackpad, and backlit keyboard. New iPad Air Smart Folios attach magnetically and support numerous viewing angles for enhanced flexibility. In charcoal grey, light violet, denim, and sage, the new Smart Folio matches iPad Air finishes.

Power of iPadOS 17

New personalisation and versatility enhance it’s experience with iPadOS 17:

  • Use iPad Air’s 11-inch or 13-inch display to personalise the Lock Screen. This includes beautiful wallpapers, engaging methods to display users’ favourite photographs, and expressive fonts and colours to customise the date and time.
  • Interactive widgets provide real-time task completion with a tap.
  • Emoji stickers and Live Stickers from photographs are entertaining ways to express yourself in Messages.
  • FaceTime users can leave voice or video messages for unanswered calls. With Continuity Camera, users may use iPad Air’s camera and microphone to make a video call from Apple TV or start the call on iPad and transfer it.
  • Freeform includes new sketching tools, hover, tilt, and snap to shape support, the ability to add connection lines and new forms to any object, and Follow Along to direct collaborators across the board.
  • The Notes app improves PDF organisation, reading, annotation, and collaboration. AutoFill intelligently fills form fields, making PDFs easier to use.
  • Stage Manager lets users resize windows, switch apps, and deal with several overlapping windows in one view.
  • Along with Visual Look Up, Subject Lift, and Live Text, users can use Live Captions for real-time audio captions and Personal Voice for intelligent accessibility.

Massive App Ecosystem

It has great programmes including Freeform, Notes, iMovie, GarageBand, Photos, and iWork Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 add tools that make iPad Air a more versatile creative powerhouse. Featuring AI-driven Session Players, ChromaGlow, and Stem Splitter, Logic Pro delivers breakthrough professional experiences for songwriting, beat-making, producing, and mixing on Monday, May 13.

Later this spring, Final Cut Pro turns iPad into the ultimate mobile production studio with Live Multicam to control and record with up to four iPhone or iPad devices with Final Cut Camera, external project compatibility, and more new content. iPad Air users may find apps for everything from advanced productivity to creativity on the App Store, with over a million apps.

Better for Nature

To protect the environment, the new iPad Air uses 100% recyclable aluminium in the enclosure, rare earth components in all magnets, and gold plating and tin soldering in several printed circuit boards. Apple’s new iPad Air is mercury-, brominated flame retardant-, and PVC-free and energy-efficient. The 100% fiber-based packaging helps Apple meet its 2025 plastic-free packaging target.

Apple plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 for its manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle.

Pricing and availability

  • Starting May 7, apple.com/store and the Apple Store app will sell the iPad Air with M2 in 29 countries and territories, including the U.S. On Wednesday, May 15, Apple Stores and Authorised Resellers will sell it.
  • With 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage, the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air will be blue, purple, starlight, and space grey.
  • WiFi-only 11-inch iPad Airs cost $599 and $749 with Cellular. A 13-inch iPad Air with Wi-Fi costs $799 and with Cellular $949.
  • The education iPad Air 11 costs $549 and the 13 $749. All grade-level home-school teachers, parents, educators, workers, and college students can enjoy education pricing.
  • The iPad Air supports Apple Pencil Pro. Education costs $129–$119. Usb-C Apple Pencil costs $79 and $69 for education.
  • BLACK AND WHITE Magic Keyboard fits 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air. For $299 and $349, the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Airs include layouts for over 30 languages. The 13-inch Magic Keyboard costs $329 and the 11-inch $279 for education.
  • In charcoal grey, light violet, denim, and sage, the 11-inch iPad Air Smart Folio costs $79 and the 13-inch $99.
  • Existing iPad 2 users will get a free update to Logic Pro on May 13, and new users may buy it on the App Store for $4.99 per month or $49 per year with a one-month free trial. iPad 2 needs iPadOS 17.4 for Logic Pro.
  • Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 will appear on the App Store later this spring for $4.99 per month or $49 per year, with a one-month free trial.
  • Apple discounts the latest iPad greatly. To trade in your iPad for a new one, visit the Apple Store online, app, or store.
  • U.S. Apple Card consumers can pay monthly at 0% APR and get 3% Daily Cash back.
Cheekuru Bhargav
Cheekuru Bhargav
Cheekuru Bhargav has been writing Laptops, RAM and SSD articles for govindhtech from OCT 2023. He was a science graduate. He was an enthusiast of Laptops.
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