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iPad event 2024 news: 5 biggest Apple announcements

Updated May 7th, 2024 10:57AM EDT
Apple spring event iPad leak
Image: Apple Inc.

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With Apple’s Let Loose event now over, these are all the iPad announcements, including the all-new M2 iPad Air, M4 iPad Pro, revamped accessories, software updates, and a cheaper iPad 10.

How to watch Apple’s Let Loose event

Even though the event is now over, you can still watch it on Apple’s official YouTube Channel.

iPad event announcements

Here’s everything Apple has announced during its iPad event.

M2 iPad Air with new 13-inch option

M2 iPad AirImage source: Apple Inc.

With this new model, Apple is upgrading the iPad with a better chip and a new 13-inch option. This is the first time the company has unveiled a bigger non-Pro iPad.

The M2 chip features an 8-core CPU — up to 15 percent faster than M1 — with advancements in both performance and efficiency cores and a 10-core GPU, delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding users. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the 16-core Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second — 40 percent more than M1 — making iPad Air even more powerful when handling machine learning tasks. 

The new iPad Air comes in the following colors:

  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Starlight
  • Spacey Gray

You can learn more about the new iPad Air here.

iPad Pro with M4 chip and Ultra Retina XDR

M4 iPad ProImage source: Apple Inc.

With the M4 chip, Apple has added an OLED display for both 11-inch and 13-inch models. With that, the company unifies this lineup with the same screen technology, which was previously mixed with LCD and miniLED options. With that, the smaller iPad Pro is only 5.3mm, and the bigger iPad is 5.1mm thinner. They come in silver and space black.

The new iPad Pro offers the M4 chip with the second-generation 3nm technology. It has a powerful new CPU with 4 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, with next-gen ML generators. Up to 50% faster CPU compared to M2. With a 10-core GPU, it offers Dynamic Caching and hardware ray tracing, with 4x faster performance than M2 iPad Pro. M4 can deliver the same performance as the M2 with just half the power. The Neural Engine comes with a 16-core design, with up to 38 trillion operations per second. 60x faster than Apple’s first Neural Engine.

You can learn more about this announcement here.

Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro updates

Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro 2 updatesImage source: Apple Inc.

One of the iPad event announcements was a new version of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Among the changes coming later this spring, users can take advantage of:

Final Cut Pro 2

  • Live Multicam
  • Final Cut Camera with options like white balance, ISO, and shutter speed
  • Create or open projects from external storage

Logic Pro 2

  • Session Players feature offers creators a personal, AI-driven backing band that responds to feedback
  • ChromaGlow adds warmth to tracks
  • Stem Splitter helps you extract and work with individual parts of a single audio recording.

New accessories

Apple Pencil ProImage source: Apple Inc.

Apple announced a new rMagic Keyboard with function keys. It comes in two colors to match the new iPad Pro. There’s also a new Apple Pencil Pro with a new sensor to enable new squeeze gestures. A gyroscope helps change the brush by just rotating the pencil. It also features Find My capabilities.

You can learn more about Apple Pencil Pro here.

iPad 10 is the cheapest iPad in the lineup

iPad 10th generation
Apple’s iPad 10th generation tablet. Image source: Apple Inc.

At the end of the event, Apple announced iPad 10 starts at $349. The company has removed the iPad 9 from the lineup.

Wrap up

BGR will keep updating this article as we learn more about Apple’s upcoming iPad event announcements.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.