iPad Air 6: new sizes, prices, features, and everything we know so far

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The new, sixth-generation iPad Air (Image credit: Apple)

The iPad Air 6 is finally here! Apple launched the new iPad Air as part of its special 'Let Loose' event on May 7, confirming that the latest model will ship in not one, but two different screen sizes for the first time in the line's history.

The iPad Air 6 – which can also be thought of as the iPad Air (2024) – is now available to pre-order in 11-inch or 13-inch configurations, and other headline features include a MacBook-level M2 chipset, a landscape-oriented front-facing camera and landscape stereo speakers with spatial audio.

For iPad Air fans, it's been a long old wait for a new model, with the previous iPad Air, the iPad Air (2022), having landed way back in March 2022. Below, you'll find a comprehensive roundup of everything we know about the iPad Air 6 so far. We're updating this guide as new details emerge, so stay tuned for more.

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Apple officially unveiled the iPad Air 6 – or iPad Air (2024) – as part of its 'Let Loose' reveal event on May 7.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple's latest mid-tier tablet
  • When is it out? Announced May 7, shipping the following week
  • How much will it cost? Starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999

iPad Air 6: release date and price

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The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air 6 (Image credit: Apple)

Apple announced the iPad Air 6 at its 'Let Loose' event on May 7, confirming that the new model will be available in two sizes (11 inches and 13 inches) and four storage configurations (128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB).

The 11-inch iPad Air 6 starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999, rising to $1,249 / £1,249 / AU$2,129 for the 1TB model with cellular capabilities, while the 13-inch iPad Air 6 starts at $799 / £799 / AU$1,299, rising to $1,449 / £1,449 / AU$2,429 for the 1TB model with cellular capabilities.

Check out our full iPad Air 6 price breakdown below:

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iPad Air 6 prices
Row 0 - Cell 0 US priceUK priceAU price
128GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi$599£599AU$999
128GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$749£749AU$1,249
256GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi$699£699AU$1,179
256GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$849£849AU$1,429
512GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi$899£899AU$1,529
512GB (11-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$1,049£1,049AU$1,779
1TB (11-inch), Wi-Fi$1,099£1,099AU$1,879
1TB (11-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$1,249£1,249AU$2,129
128GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi$799£799AU$1,299
128GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$949£949AU$1,549
256GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi$899£899AU$1,479
256GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$1,049£1,049AU$1,729
512GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi$1,099£1,099AU$1,829
512GB (13-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$1,249£1,249AU$2,079
1TB (13-inch), Wi-Fi$1,299£1,299AU$2,179
1TB (13-inch), Wi-Fi + Cellular$1,449£1,449AU$2,429

If you're looking to pre-order one of the above iPad 6 Air models, head over to our dedicated new iPad pre-orders page for the latest deals.

iPad Air 6: design and display

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The iPad Air 6 is available in four colors (Image credit: Apple)

The big news when it comes to the iPad Air 6 is that there are now, for the first time, two iPad Air sizes to choose from: 11 inches and 13 inches. Apple says the latter offers 30% more screen real estate than the smaller model of the two, though both models ship with the same Liquid Retina display.

The 11-inch iPad Air 6 measures 247.6mm x 178.5mm x 6.1mm and weighs 462g, while the larger model measures 214.9mm x 280.6mm x 6.1mm and weighs 617g.

Incidentally, Apple is marketing its new iPad Air sizes as 11 inches and 13 inches, though a quick dig into the tablet's official product page reveals that the "actual viewable area" is more like 10.9 inches and 12.9 inches.

On the design upgrade front, the iPad Air 6 features a landscape-oriented front-facing camera and landscape stereo speakers with spatial audio.

The new tablet is available in four colors: Blue, Purple, Starlight and Space Grey.

iPad Air 6: cameras and battery

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Apple says the iPad Air 6 offers up to 10 hours of battery life (Image credit: Apple)

The iPad Air 6 has a single 12MP rear camera (ƒ/1.8) that offers digital zoom up to 5x. This rear lens is also capable of recording 4K video at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps.

On the front, the iPad Air 6 sports a landscape-oriented 12MP ultra-wide camera (ƒ/2.4), which is capable of recording 1080p video at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps.

Apple hasn't yet disclosed the capacity of battery inside the iPad Air 6, but the company does say that the 11-inch model uses a 28.93‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery, while the 13-inch model uses a 36.59‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery.

What does that mean for battery life? We won't know for sure until we test the iPad Air 6, but Apple says you'll get up to 9 hours of web-surfing time when using mobile data on any model, and up to 10 hours when using Wi‐Fi.

iPad Air 6: specs and features

Key iPad Air 6 specs

The key specs of the iPad Air 6 (Image credit: Apple)

The headline feature of the iPad Air 6, beyond its new 13-inch size option, is the M2 chipset under the hood, which is the same chipset you'll find powering many of the best MacBooks in 2024.

Apple says this chipset makes the new iPad Air 50% faster than its M1-equipped predecessor, and three times faster than A14 Bionic-equipped iPad Air models, which aligns with previous rumors we'd heard regarding significant iPad Air 6 performance improvements.

The iPad Air 6 also gets 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, Touch ID functionality and landscape-mounted stereo speakers with spatial audio, so it certainly marks a step up over its already impressive predecessor.

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Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.

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