iPad Air 6: Release Date, Price, Colors, Chip, Display & Other Specs

The iPad Air was last updated in March 2022, but we expect a new range of 6th generation 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch models to drop imminently. Many suggest that the M2 chip will also be in the next iteration of the iPad Air series.

We have trawled the web to gather all the iPad Air 6 rumors and leaks and bring you the latest insights on what to expect.

Latest rumors? The week of May 6 is pegged as the release date of the iPad Air 6, but as we get closer to the reveal, we ask you to hold your emotions as close to your chest as Apple does with release dates.

Key Takeaways

  • We expect to see the iPad Air Gen 6 with a 10.9-inch and new 12.9-inch screen size.
  • The beating heart of the iPad Air 6 is likely to be Apple’s M2 Chip.
  • The iPad Air 6 is likely to look the same but have a thinner and lighter design — and rumors suggest a landscape-oriented front camera.
  • Both iPad Air models are expected to use LCD panels. Will Apple reserve OLED displays for the iPad Pros?

When Will the iPad Air 6 Come Out?

Expected Release Date: May 2024

The iPad Air 6 is expected to drop imminently. Reports suggest Apple will focus on iterative enhancements rather than a complete overhaul.

Although iPad Air 6 release date is yet to be revealed, “two iPad Air models, 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch, are scheduled for mass production in 1Q24,” according to a renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, with a track record of accurate insider sources, has an estimate to early May, based on sources ‘with knowledge of the matter‘.

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In his latest newsletter on April 7, Gurman said: “For those looking for more specific timing, I’m told the launch will probably happen the week of May 6.”

iPad Air 6 Specs & Features

Anticipated Upgrade to M2 Chip

Market analysts project that the upcoming model will run on the M2 chip, representing a notable but gradual performance upgrade from its M1-powered predecessors.

This transition is expected to enhance CPU and GPU capabilities, boosting processing speeds by 18% and graphics performance by 35% while making the engine 40% faster for smoother and more efficient operations.

The transition from the M1 to the M2 chip in the iPad Air series narrows the technology gap with the more sophisticated iPad Pro lineup, poised to adopt the M3 chip in future iterations.

This strategic chip allocation underscores Apple’s intention to maintain a cohesive advancement across its tablet range.

Additionally, recent iPad Air 6 leaks suggest potential surprises in store, further bridging the gap between the Air and Pro models.

Heavily Rumored 12.9-Inch iPad Air 6 Display

The choice between a 10.9-inch and a new 12.9-inch model would provide users with screen size options catering to different needs and preferences.

However, managing expectations regarding display technology is essential, as the shift to OLED panels seems unlikely in this iteration.

Finally… A Landscape-Oriented Front Camera?

So far, nearly all iPads — with the rare exception of 2022’s 10th generation iPad — have had the front-facing camera on the “top” edge.

Which in a world of constant video calling, has felt a little outdated, particularly in the more remote working landscape of 2024.

However, an occasional leaker known as ‘Instant Digital’ says that Apple is doubling down on landscape-oriented front-facing cameras across the range — from new iPad Airs to iPad Pros.

The leak, reported across MacRumors and other Apple fansites, suggests a much more user-friendly approach to video calls, although the site notes that Apple will have needed to solve a design issue, with the Apple Pencil induction charging magnetic strip occupying the same area of the bezel.

Size & Weight: Slimmer and Lighter?

Industry experts anticipate Apple will maintain its design while adjusting to produce a slimmer and lighter device.

This strategy showcases Apple’s dedication to delivering user-friendly designs without compromising portability.

Connectivity Options

For connectivity, the iPad Air 6 is expected to align with the latest standards, including Wi-Fi 6 or 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, enhancing its compatibility with cutting-edge network technologies for better connectivity.

This upgrade ensures that the iPad Air remains a compelling choice for consumers seeking top-tier technology without radical design changes.

iPad Air 6 Colors: New Shades to Look Forward to?

The fifth generation of the iPad Air debuted in five vibrant and unique colors: Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

It is anticipated that the sixth generation of the iPad Air will continue this tradition of embracing color, following the pattern established by earlier versions of the Air lineup, which have consistently introduced a palette of playful hues.

iPad Air 6 vs. iPad Pro 2024: Which One Should You Go For?

The need for an iPad Air upgrade is becoming increasingly apparent as two years have passed since its last refresh, leaving its current specifications somewhat dated.

This gap has led to confusion among consumers, who often find it challenging to distinguish between the iPad Air and the Pro models, frequently opting for the more economical Air version.

However, this choice has limitations, notably the current base model’s mere 64GB of storage and underwhelming battery life.

These constraints significantly limit the device’s utility for downloading entertainment for travel, engaging in gaming, or managing substantial work files and editing tasks.

The existence of such a constrained model raises questions about its place in the lineup, underlining the pressing need for an update that addresses these shortcomings and redefines iPad Air’s value proposition in a highly competitive market.

iPad Air 6 Prices

Expected Price: Starting at $599

The pricing structure for the upcoming iPad Air 6 remains a keen point of interest, mirroring Apple’s strategic approach to market positioning and consumer accessibility.

The starting price of $599 for the iPad Air 6 is expected to stay consistent with the current model, offering a value proposition that balances premium features with affordability.

This entry-level price is anticipated for the base model, which could remain at only 64 GB of storage. However, Apple may adjust storage options and introduce a model starting at 128GB, potentially affecting the introductory price point.

Additional customization through additional storage and cellular connectivity options will escalate the cost, catering to users seeking enhanced performance and versatility.

The choice of the standard 10.9-inch and a new 12.9-inch variant will also likely introduce a tiered pricing model, accommodating diverse user preferences and requirements.

While not adopting mini-LED technology, the larger display model is expected to feature an Oxide backplane, promising superior screen performance compared to its smaller counterpart. It is naturally positioned at a higher price tier.

Speculatively, this translates to a starting price of $599 for the potential 64GB (hopefully 128 GB) 10.9-inch model, escalating to $749 for a 256GB configuration.

Currently Available iPad Models: iPad Pro 6 vs. iPad Air 5, iPad 10

iPad Pro 12.9‑in. 

(6th generation)

iPad Air 

(5th generation)

iPad

 (10th generation)

Color Space Grey, Silver Space Grey, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue Silver, Pink, Blue, Yellow
Price  Wi-Fi: From $1,899
Wi-Fi + Cellular: From $2,149
Wi-Fi: From $999
Wi-Fi + Cellular: From $1,249
Wi-Fi: From $749

Wi-Fi + Cellular: $999

Display Liquid Retina XDR display Liquid Retina display Liquid Retina display
Size and Weight Height: 280.6 mm (11.04 inches)

Width: 214.9 mm (8.46 inches)

Depth: 6.4 mm (0.25 inch)

Weight (Wi-Fi): 682 grams (1.5 pounds)

Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 684 grams (1.51 pounds)

Height: 247.6 mm (9.74 inches)

Width: 178.5 mm (7.02 inches)

Depth: 6.1 mm (0.24 inch)

Weight (Wi-Fi): 461 grams (1.02 pounds)

Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 462 grams (1.02 pounds)

Height: 248.6 mm (9.79 inches)

Width: 179.5 mm (7.07 inches)

Depth: 7 mm (0.28 inch)

Weight (Wi-Fi): 477 grams (1.05 pounds)

Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 481 grams (1.06 pounds)

Chip Apple M2 chip Apple M1 chip A14 Bionic chip
Power and Battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video
Charging via USB-C to a computer system or power adapter Charging via USB-C to a computer system or power adapter Charging via USB-C to a computer system or power adapter
Capacity 128GB
256GB512GB1TB2TB
64GB

256GB

64GB

256GB

Camera 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras 12MP Wide camera 12MP Wide camera
Front Camera TrueDepth camera with Ultra Wide camera 12MP Ultra Wide camera Landscape Ultra Wide camera
Audio Four Speaker Audio
Five studio-quality microphones
Landscape stereo speakers

Two microphones

Landscape stereo speakers

Two microphones

Secure Authentication Face ID Touch ID Touch ID
Mobile and Wireless Wi‑Fi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/​​ac/ax); speeds up to 2.4 Gbps

Bluetooth® 5.3 technology

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/​​ac/ax); speeds up to 1.2 Gbps

Bluetooth® 5.0 technology

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/​​ac/ax); speeds up to 1.2 Gbps

Bluetooth® 5.2 technology

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)

Sensors Face ID

LiDAR Scanner

Three-axis gyro Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor Barometer

Touch ID

Three-axis gyro

Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor

Barometer

Touch ID

Three-axis gyro Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor Barometer

Should I Upgrade to the iPad Air 6?

Choosing to upgrade to the iPad Air 6 depends on your current iPad version and unique requirements.

If you’re holding onto an older tablet that is starting to slow down, the iPad Air 6, with its predicted larger display, increased storage options, and faster M2 chip, seems like an obvious next step.

But the big question is whether these enhancements are compelling enough reasons for you to upgrade. For some, these improvements will significantly impact their daily usage, making the iPad Air 6 an attractive upgrade.

The Bottom Line

If the iPad Air 6 comes with a 12.9-inch display, M2 processor, and at least 128 GB of storage, it could be the push you have been waiting for to make a new purchase. But at the moment, this is based on pure hope and speculation.

Stay tuned for more iPad Air 6 news as we approach the official launch. As soon as the full specifications are released, we will update this article and compare the iPad Air 6 and iPad Pro 2024 alongside the previous generations to help you make an informed choice.

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Neil C. Hughes
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Neil is a freelance tech journalist with 20 years of experience in IT. He’s the host of the popular Tech Talks Daily Podcast, picking up a LinkedIn Top Voice for his influential insights in tech. Apart from Techopedia, his work can be found on INC, TNW, TechHQ, and Cybernews. Neil's favorite things in life range from wandering the tech conference show floors from Arizona to Armenia to enjoying a 5-day digital detox at Glastonbury Festival and supporting Derby County.  He believes technology works best when it brings people together.