May 18, 2024

Apple has introduced a refresh of its iPad line-up, introducing, amongst different issues, a 13-inch iPad Air and the corporate’s first-ever OLED iPad mannequin.

As revealed throughout at present’s Let Free occasion, Apple’s most substantial iPad makeover has been reserved for its top-end iPad Professional, which now includes a “tandem” OLED show able to 1,600 nits for HDR content material. It is paired with Apple’s M4 chip – promising as much as 50 % sooner CPU and 4 instances sooner rendering efficiency – plus digital camera modifications and a slimmer design.

This new iPad Professional, out there in silver or House Gray, shifts the front-facing 12-megapixel digital camera to the facet so it is centred whereas in panorama mode, and its rear digital camera now helps ProRes video recording and Good HDR 4. As for the thinner kind issue, the 13-inch iPad Professional (which begins at £1,299/$1,299 with 256GB of storage) is 5.3mm thick – down from 6.4mm – and weighs 579g, whereas the 13-inch mannequin (£999/$999) is 5.1mm and weighs 444g.

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To accompany its new iPad Professional designs, Apple is introducing an up to date Magic Keyboard (which prices £299/$299 for the 11-inch model and £349/$349 for the 13-inch mannequin), in addition to the brand new £129/$129 Apple Pencil Professional, that includes a further gyroscope for elevated precision and haptic suggestions.

Elsewhere in its occasion, Apple unveiled two new variations of the cheaper iPad Air: an replace to its current 11-inch mannequin and, for the primary time, a 13-inch mannequin. Each function a “Liquid Retina” LCD show, and make use of the corporate’s M2 chip, promising as much as 50 % sooner efficiency in comparison with the earlier M1 mannequin. Wi-Fi 6E can also be supported, and each fashions embrace the brand new panorama oriented front-facing digital camera seen on the iPad Professional.

Apple’s up to date iPad Air is available in blue, purple, Starlight, or House Gray and begins at £599/$599 for the 128GB 11-inch mannequin. The 13-inch machine begins at £799/$799 and bigger storage choices for each can be found. The corporate has additionally discontinued its ninth-generation iPad and refreshed its tenth-generation mannequin with an upgraded A14 chip. All gadgets revealed at present can be found for pre-order now and launch on fifteenth Could.

Apple’s Q2 2024 earnings report lately confirmed a 17 % year-on-year decline for iPad income, down from $6.6bn to $5.6bn following a 2023 with no {hardware} refresh – so the corporate might be hoping at present’s announcement helps increase flagging gross sales.