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The New iPads for 2024: iPad Pro vs. iPad Air

The New iPads for 2024: iPad Pro vs. iPad Air


Apple recently released the new iPad Pro and iPad Air for 2024, and here’s what you need to know if you’re unsure of which one to buy.


iPad Air and iPad Pro 2024
Image Credit: Apple


The new iPad Air comes with an M2 chip, repositioned front camera, and a larger 13-inch display option that joins the 11-inch model. The more robust iPad Pro, available in both 11 and 13-inch sizes, features a new OLED display (more details below) and a powerful new M4 chip. Not to mention, the design of this iPad Pro is super sleek and thin, even thinner than the iPad Air! Additionally, due to its thinner size, the iPad Pro is lighter than the iPad Air. Despite their slim profiles, both models boast exceptional strength, ensuring durability without compromise. Yet, both iPads are exemplary in terms of portability and performance for a tablet.

The price difference is around $200 between the new iPad Air and iPad Pro. As you can see, the iPad Pro, with its M4 chip, is more robust and powerful.



iPad Air 2024 (11’’/13’’)

iPad Pro 2024 (11’’/13’’)


From $599/$799

From $799/$1,299


11-inch LED (2360 x 1640 pixels)/ 13-inch LED (2732 x 2048 pixels)

11-inch Tandem OLED (2420 x 1668 pixels)/ 13-inch Tandem OLED (2752 x 2064 pixels) 120Hz ProMotion


Blue, Purple, Starlight, Space Gray

Silver, Space Black





128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

256GB, 512GB, 1TB


12MP front landscape, 12MP rear

12MP front landscape, 12MP rear


Wi-Fi 6E, 5G

Wi-Fi 6E, 5G


9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches/ 11.04 x 8.5 x 0.24 inches

9.83 x 6.99 x 0.21 inches/ 11.09 x 8.48 x 0.2 inches


1.02 pounds/1.36  pounds

0.98 pounds/ 1.28 pounds


Source: Tom’s Guide

If you are particular about colors, the iPad Air offers more options with purple and blue, whereas the iPad Pro has just two options – space black and silver.


iPad Air in different colors
Image credit: Apple

The display for the iPad Pro is remarkable: the Ultra Retina XDR display. Utilizing OLED technology, this display delivers unparalleled brightness, contrast, and color accuracy. With support for up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness for SDR and HDR content, and a peak brightness of 1600 nits for HDR, the Ultra Retina XDR display offers an unrivaled viewing experience. From specular highlights to shadow detail, every aspect of the visual presentation is enhanced, providing users with a level of precision and clarity that is truly extraordinary.

With the new M4 chip in the iPad Pro, the tablet delivers a significant leap in performance and efficiency. The M4 chip offers up to 1.5x faster CPU performance compared to its predecessor, making it much more efficient than the iPad Air with the M2 chip.

For those who are particular about storage size (RAM), the iPad Pro starts at 256GB and goes up to 2TB, whereas the iPad Air starts at 128GB and goes up to 1TB. Considering the M4 chip with the higher RAM size, the iPad Pro offers a significant power and memory boost over the iPad Air.

Let’s talk about accessories. Complementing the new iPad Pro is the Apple Pencil Pro, which brings powerful new interactions to the table. The new Apple Pencil Pro comes with a new sensor in the barrel, allowing users to switch tools, line weights, and colors with a simple squeeze without interrupting their creative flow. Alongside this upgraded Apple Pencil, Apple has released a new Magic Keyboard specifically designed for these new tablets. This Magic Keyboard has improved essential features including a new aluminum palm rest, a larger glass trackpad than the older model, and a new row of function keys, offering a laptop-like feel with more versatility and flexibility.


Magic Keyboards for iPad in different colors
Image credit: Apple

Both the iPad Air and iPad Pro 2024 have improved features in design and performance; however, the iPad Air still offers all the essential features with more color options and is more budget-friendly. These tablets are redefining the tablet experience with advanced technology, but the iPad Pro stands out as a testament to Apple's unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of what's possible.


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