What to Expect From the iPad Air 6 in Early 2024

Over 600 days have passed since Apple last updated the iPad Air, as outlined in the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. Below, we outline rumored features and launch timing for the next iPad Air, which would be the sixth-generation model.

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Apple released the current iPad Air in March 2022, with then-new features including the M1 chip, 5G connectivity on cellular models, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Center Stage, up to a 2x faster USB-C port for wired data transfer, and new color options like purple and blue. The device is equipped with a 10.9-inch display, and Touch ID fingerprint authentication built into the power button.

Apple is rumored to be planning two new iPad Air models for release in the first half of 2024, with more details about the devices outlined below.

Expected Features

12.9" Model

Apple is planning new 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Air models, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, meaning the device would be available in multiple display sizes for the first time. Kuo said the devices will still have a traditional LCD panel without mini-LED backlighting, but he expects the 12.9-inch model to be equipped with an "oxide" backplane for improved display performance compared to the current iPad Air.

Beyond the larger display option, there have not been any rumors about major external design changes for the next iPad Air models.

M2 Chip

The next iPad Air models are likely to be equipped with Apple's M2 chip for additional performance and power efficiency improvements over the M1 chip in the current model. Apple already updated the iPad Pro with the M2 chip in October 2022.

Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3

It is very likely that the next iPad Air models will support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, enabling faster Wi-Fi speeds with a supported router, and improved Bluetooth connectivity. Apple has already added Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support to the latest iPad Pro, iPhone 15 Pro models, and most new Macs.

Read our iPad Air roundup for more details.

Launch Timing

Kuo said the new 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Air models are scheduled for mass production in the first quarter of 2024, meaning that the devices should launch at some point in the first half of the year. March is a common month for Apple to announce new products, as is June during Apple's annual developers conference WWDC.

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Top Rated Comments

vegetassj4 Avatar
7 months ago
The most Air we've ever put in an iPad?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
7 months ago
These improvements mean nothing for most people.. I can only see improved battery life via efficiency improvements to be the only feature that would be universally appreciated by all users.

M2, but the same old iPad OS. Faster WiFi, but the same old iPad OS. Larger screen, but the same old iPad OS.

Even the larger screen would not be appreciated by most... just more iPad to bend when you put it in your bag. Better buy that 300 dollar Magic Keyboard to strengthen that thing.

I actually returned the iPad Air 5 because of the quality of the device.. I had one that creaked when you picked it up. My iPad Air 4 was solid, so Ive kept that and forgot about upgrading it. As it still does 100% of what I need tablet to do, within its limitations of being a tablet you can attach to Magic Keyboard.

I also have the iPad mini 6, and for the most part... I pick that up to do tablet things more than the Air. Never once, have I had an issue with performance.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
7 months ago

M2 will be huge disappointment. M3 is the way.
But what can M3 realistically do for you on iPad that A13 or so and M1 can't do... except for a very very specific processing operations...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
7 months ago

I’m hoping apple skips the M2 and puts the M3 in the air and puts the M3 pro in the pro series
In the grand scheme of things… I don’t think that would change the use case or value proposition that much. It’s still running iPad OS ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lewchenko Avatar
7 months ago
Over at the verge recently there was a summary of the best iPad to buy for various use cases. When it came to buying a full price Air now .. the guidance seemed to be to consider a refurbished iPad Pro M1 Gen 3 instead. You will get more for your money, and a superior screen as well. Even if they were released in 2021.
Seems like good advice.

These new 2024 Airs sound .. ok. Nothing amazing though.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dampfnudel Avatar
7 months ago
Sounds like a minor upgrade for the Air. With the iPad mini 7, removing the jelly scrolling, at least vertically, will probably be the biggest upgrade with that model, unless Apple decides to bless the mini 7 with the console gaming-capable A17 Pro instead of the A16 bionic.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)