iPad Air 2022 vs. iPad Air 2024 Buyer’s Guide: 19 Differences Compared

Apple’s new iPad Airs arrive almost a year and a half after the previous models, offering almost 20 changes and upgrades.

The 2022 iPad Air was a minor upgrade that added features such as the M1 chip and a 12MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera with Center Stage. The 2024 refresh is more substantial, headlining with a larger size option for the first time, bringing it in line with devices like the iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, which are available in two sizes.

The ‌2022 ‌iPad Air‌ models have now been discontinued by Apple, but they may still be found refurbished and with third-party resellers for lower prices. As such, some customers may be weighing up whether to buy the 2022 ‌‌iPad Air‌ or the new 2024 models.

The ‌iPad‌ Airs from 2022 and 2024 share most of their key features, so should you consider buying or sticking with the older model to save money? This breakdown also serves as a way to clearly see all the differences that the new ‌‌iPad Air‌ brings to the table.

‌iPad Air‌ (2022)

‌iPad Air‌ (2024)

10.9-inch display

11- or 13-inch display

‌M1‌ chip (5nm, N5)

M2 chip (5nm enhanced, N5P)

3.2GHz CPU clock speed

3.49GHz CPU clock speed

8-core GPU

10-core GPU

68.25GB/s memory bandwidth

100GB/s memory bandwidth

Neural Engine

40% faster Neural Engine

Media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC

Media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW

Video decode engine

Higher-bandwidth video decode engine

ProRes encode and decode engine

Image signal processor (ISP)

“New” image signal processor (ISP)

Smart HDR 3

Smart HDR 4

12MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera

Landscape 12MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera

Wi-Fi 6 connectivity

Wi-Fi 6E connectivity

Physical SIM card slot

eSIM only

Apple Pencil hover

Supports ‌Apple Pencil‌ (USB-C) and ‌Apple Pencil‌ (2nd generation)

Supports ‌Apple Pencil‌ (USB-C) and ‌Apple Pencil‌ Pro

Supports Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ and Smart Keyboard Folio

Supports Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌

64GB or 256GB storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB storage

Available in Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Blue

Available in Space Gray, Starlight, Purple, and Blue

The most important part of the new ‌iPad Air‌ is the larger display size option, which provides a way for customers who don’t need features like ProMotion and a LiDAR scanner to obtain a bigger screen that’s better for productivity and content consumption at a lower price point. Beyond this larger new model, the ‌M2‌ chip, ‌Apple Pencil‌ hover and ‌Apple Pencil‌ Pro support, and landscape front-facing camera are valuable improvements. That being said, it is certainly not essential to upgrade from the previous model to the new ‌iPad Air‌. Unless you have an entry-level ‌iPad‌ or an ‌iPad Air‌ from before 2020, or explicitly want a 13-inch model, it is likely not worth upgrading.

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