New iPad Pro and iPad Air: release date, price, features... Everything you need to know

As planned during the conference on May 7, 2024, Apple unveiled a new range of products.

New iPad Pro and iPad Air: release date, price, features... Everything you need to know

As planned during the conference on May 7, 2024, Apple unveiled a new range of products. We also find the very latest iPad Pro and a new iPad Air.

When it comes to major revelations regarding its products, Apple has always been there. During the recent conference on May 7, 2024, President Tim Cook made the Cupertino company's latest innovations the center of attention.

These include the new iPad Pro and iPad Air, promising a revolutionary user experience and unprecedented performance. Let's dive into the details of these announcements and find out what these new devices have to offer.

Alongside the iPad Air which we will talk about later, Apple officially presented its new iPad Pro. Adopting a thinnest and lightest design ever before, it offers its users a new level of portability and performance. In terms of availability, the iPad Pro is offered in two different colors, namely silver and space black. It is available in two formats, the first 13-inch and the second 11-inch model, allowing consumers to choose between space saving or ease of transport.

On the screen side, the new iPad Pro introduces the world's most advanced Ultra Retina XDR display and guarantees an even more impressive visual experience. It features revolutionary tandem OLED technology that leverages two OLED panels and combines light from them to deliver phenomenal full-screen brightness. Apple also claims that "the new iPad Pro supports an incredible 1,000 nits full-screen brightness for SDR and HDR content, and a peak brightness of 1,600 nits for HDR."

But where Apple surprised everyone and put to rest the many rumors, it was about the chip in its new iPad. Logically, one would have thought that the brand would stay on the M3 chip released last year in October 2023. But against all expectations, the iPad Pro is equipped with a brand new M4 chip unveiled for the occasion. The new generation of Apple chips offers a considerable gain in performance and functionality. The M4 chip contains an all-new display engine that gives the Ultra Retina XDR display a new level of precision, color and brightness. It brings a new aspect to its older generation: artificial intelligence. The Californian firm gives the following example: "Users can perform AI-based tasks even faster, such as isolating a subject from its background in a 4K video with a simple gesture with the scene deletion mask in Final Cut Pro".

Unveiled during the “Let Loose” keynote, the new iPad Air is available for the very first time in two models: 13 inches and 11 inches. As with the iPad Pro, the 13-inch format is intended to be larger while the 11-inch format is more easily transportable. It is available in four distinct colors: blue, space gray, starlight and mauve. Both 11-inch and 13-inch models feature an advanced Liquid Retina display, anti-glare coating, True Tone technology, high brightness, and support for a wide color gamut.

The other strong point of the Ipad Air is of course its chip. With the M2 chip, the new iPads offer significantly better performance. In its press release, Apple states that its new iPad is almost 50% faster than the previous model, namely the M1, but also that performance is three times faster.

In terms of these photo sensors, the iPad Air is equipped with a 12 Mpx wide-angle camera which captures photos and videos in high resolution. But the change is noted in the 12 Mpx selfie camera which is this time integrated throughout the length of the device, thus facilitating video conference calls.

For the iPad Pro, it costs from 1,219 euros for the 11-inch version compared to 1,569 euros for the 13-inch. They can be pre-ordered today, with in-store availability starting May 15, 2024.

As for the iPad Air, it can be pre-ordered today on online sales sites (Amazon, Fnac, Darty, Boulanger) for sale starting next week. The 11-inch version sees its price start at 719 euros in France. The 13-inch version will be sold from 969 euros.

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