iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022) Comparison

Apple introduced the iPad Air (2024) alongside the iPad Pro (2024). While not a huge upgrade from the iPad Air (2022), it offers key improvements.

Firstly, it features a powerful M2 chipset. Secondly, the selfie camera has been repositioned. Most notably, there is now an option for a larger 13-inch screen.

So, is the iPad Air (2024) worth upgrading to? We’ve compared the specs and our impressions of the 13-inch model with the iPad Air (2022) to help you decide.

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Specs

Here’s a quick look at the main specs of the new iPad Air models compared to the older version. This table highlights their key similarities and differences.

SpecsiPad Air 11-inch (2024)iPad Air 13-inch (2024)iPad Air (2022)
Display11-inch IPS LCD13-inch IPS LCD10.9-inch IPS LCD
Resolution2048 × 2732 pixels2048 x 2732 pixels1640 x 2360 pixels
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz60Hz
ChipsetM2M2M1
Rear cameras12MP wide12MP wide12MP wide
Front camera12MP ultra-wide12MP ultra-wide12MP ultra-wide
RAM1640 × 2360 pixels1640 × 2360 pixels8 GB
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB64 GB, 256 GB
BatteryUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours

The iPad Air (2024) brings several updates to the iPad Air (2022). It features the new M2 chipset, a repositioned selfie camera, and a new 13-inch screen option. These changes make it a notable upgrade.

iPad Air (2024)
iPad Air (2024) (apple)

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Price and Availability

The iPad Air (2024) comes in four colors and was announced on May 7, 2024. It became available on May 15. The iPad Air (2022) launched in 2022 and is now discontinued, though some third-party stores may still have stock.

iPad Air (2024) Pricing:

  • 11-inch model:
  • Starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999 for 128 GB Wi-Fi
  • Up to $1,249 / £1,249 / AU$2,129 for 1 TB Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • 13-inch model:
  • Starts at $799 / £799 / AU$1,299 for 128 GB
  • Up to $1,449 / £1,449 / AU$2,429 for 1 TB Wi-Fi and Cellular

iPad Air (2022) Pricing:

  • 10.9-inch model:
  • Starts at $599 / £569 / AU$929 for 64 GB Wi-Fi
  • Up to $899 / £869 / AU$1,389 for 256 GB Wi-Fi and Cellular

The starting price of the iPad Air (2024) is similar to the iPad Air (2022) but offers twice the storage. The 13-inch iPad Air (2024) costs more, and both sizes have higher maximum prices compared to the 2022 model due to increased storage options.

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Design and Display

The design of the iPad Air (2024) is similar to the iPad Air (2022). The 11-inch iPad Air (2024) has the same dimensions as the 2022 model: 247.6 × 178.5 × 6.1 mm. It weighs 462g, just 1g more than the 2022 version.

The 13-inch iPad Air (2024) is larger and heavier but equally slim at 280.6 × 214.9 × 6.1 mm and 617g. All models feature an aluminum build. The front-facing camera on the 2024 models is on the long edge, unlike the 2022 model, where it’s on the short edge.

Regarding colors, the iPad Air (2024) comes in Space Gray, Starlight, Purple, and Blue. The iPad Air (2022) also offers these colors but includes Pink instead of the exact shades.

ModelDimensions (mm)Weight (g)Colors (2024)Colors (2022)
iPad Air 11-inch (2024)247.6 × 178.5 × 6.1462Space Gray, Starlight, Purple, BlueSpace Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue
iPad Air 13-inch (2024)280.6 × 214.9 × 6.1617Space Gray, Starlight, Purple, Blue
iPad Air (2022)247.6 × 178.5 × 6.1461Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, Blue

In terms of display, all models feature around 264 pixels per inch using IPS LCD. The 11-inch iPad Air (2024) and the iPad Air (2022) share the same resolution of 1640 × 2360 and a brightness of 500 nits.

The 13-inch iPad Air (2024) has a higher resolution of 2048 × 2732 with the same pixel density and a brighter screen at 600 nits. Our review praised its screen for vibrant colors and immersive visuals. However, all models have a 60Hz refresh rate.

ModelResolutionBrightnessRefresh Rate
iPad Air 11-inch (2024)1640 × 2360500 nits60Hz
iPad Air 13-inch (2024)2048 × 2732600 nits60Hz
iPad Air (2022)1640 × 2360500 nits60Hz

The major difference is the new 13-inch model in the 2024 lineup, offering a bigger and brighter screen.

iPad Air (2022)
iPad Air (2022) (Apple)

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Cameras showdown

If you were expecting a rear camera upgrade in the iPad Air (2024), you’re out of luck. It still has the same 12MP f/1.8 camera as the iPad Air (2022).

However, the front camera has changed. Both models have a 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide camera with a 122-degree field of view. On the iPad Air (2022), it’s on the top edge, but on the iPad Air (2024), it’s on the longer edge.

This new placement on the iPad Air (2024) makes it better for landscape use, which is ideal for video calls.

FeatureiPad Air (2024)iPad Air (2022)
Rear Camera12MP f/1.812MP f/1.8
Front Camera12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
Camera PositionLong edgeTop edge
Field of View122 degrees122 degrees

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Performance and Software Comparison

One of the biggest upgrades in the iPad Air (2024) is the M2 chip, replacing the M1 chip in the iPad Air (2022). Apple claims the M2 is almost 50% faster than the M1, making it a significant upgrade. However, it still lags behind the M4 chip in the iPad Pro (2024).

The iPad Air (2022) remains powerful, especially for non-demanding tasks, as both models have 8 GB of RAM. The main performance difference lies in the chipset.

A significant improvement in the iPad Air (2024) is its storage options. It starts at 128 GB, double the 64 GB starting point of the iPad Air (2022). It can go up to 1 TB, compared to the 256 GB maximum in the 2022 model. This means much more storage flexibility with the 2024 version.

Both models run iPadOS 17.4. However, since the iPad Air (2022) has already received two years of updates, it may lose support two years earlier than the iPad Air (2024).

FeatureiPad Air (2024)iPad Air (2022)
ChipsetM2M1
RAM8 GB8 GB
Storage Options128 GB — 1 TB64 GB — 256 GB
SoftwareiPadOS 17.4iPadOS 17.4

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Battery Life

Apple claims all these iPads offer up to 10 hours of web surfing or video watching on Wi-Fi, and up to 9 hours on mobile data.

There shouldn’t be significant differences in battery life. They all charge via USB-C.

In our experience, the 2022 model meets Apple’s claims. However, heavy use or poor 5G coverage can reduce battery life faster than expected.

FeatureiPad Air (2024)iPad Air (2022)
Battery Life (Wi-Fi)Up to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
Battery Life (Mobile)Up to 9 hoursUp to 9 hours
ChargingUSB-CUSB-C

iPad Air (2024) vs iPad Air (2022): Conclusion

The main differences between the iPad Air (2024) and the iPad Air (2022) are a faster chipset, better front camera position, larger screen option, and more storage in the new model.

The iPad Air (2024) will likely receive software updates for longer. Battery life, screen quality, camera performance, and design are similar, and both have the same RAM.

This isn’t a major upgrade, but the iPad Air (2024) offers more value with twice the storage for a similar starting price. It’s the better choice in 2024 unless you find a significantly discounted iPad Air (2022).

Verdict CriteriaiPad Air (2024)iPad Air (2022)
ChipsetM2M1
Front Camera PositionLong edgeTop edge
Screen Options11-inch, 13-inch10.9-inch
Storage128 GB to 1 TB64 GB to 256 GB
Software Update SupportLongerShorter
Battery LifeSimilarSimilar
Screen QualitySimilarSimilar
Camera PerformanceSimilarSimilar
DesignSimilarSimilar
RAM8 GB8 GB

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