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These are my 6 favorite features of the new M2 iPad Air

Published May 8th, 2024 10:22AM EDT
Best M2 iPad Air features
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Apple just unveiled the new M2 iPad Air during its Let Loose event. While most people seem to be looking at the shiny M4 iPad Pro, it’s more likely that the Air iteration will be the most popular among iPad users. That said, these are the six best features available with this tablet.

A new 13-inch option: The feature I love the most about the iPad Pro has finally landed on the iPad Air, a larger display. Even though it lacks ProMotion, I think a bigger panel helps me do more on the iPad, as it’s better to use Split View, Stage Manager or even edit a photo while multitasking with Messages, Music, and other apps.

M2 offering: The M1 iPad Air was already crazy fast, but with the M2 chip, everything gets even better. It has a 15% faster CPU than the previous generation, with up to 35% faster graphics performance. Neural Engine is up to 40% better. This makes this iPad a solid choice even for Pro users.

Apple Pencil Pro: The new stylus has new powers and gestures, including support for squeezing and rotating the Apple Pencil. These features will open additional editing abilities that weren’t possible on the previous-generation Apple Pencil models. And the best part is that it’s available with the new M2 iPad Air.

Apple Pencil ProImage source: Apple Inc.

Landscape front-facing camera: I have said Apple should switch all iPad front-facing cameras to landscape position for years. Cupertino started this trend with the iPad 10, and I’m glad it finally hit the M2 iPad Air, as I think it’s one of its best features. With this new orientation, video calls will look more natural.

New storage options: Let’s agree that having 64GB and 256GB of storage options wasn’t enough. Thankfully, the new M2 iPad Air comes with at least 128GB of storage, in addition to 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options. Finally, this change makes the tablet more enticing to a broader audience.

Cheaper than an M4 iPad Pro: We all want the shiny M4 iPad Pro, but it’s safe to assume that both iPad Air and iPad Pro options do the same stuff. With that, you can get everything you need from Apple’s tablet at a cheaper price, including a $300 difference from the bigger display options.

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.