Soumya Prakash Pradhan

At Apple's recent "Let Loose" event, they revealed the latest iPad Air lineup featuring two models. 

One standout is the 13-inch iPad Air, boasting the powerful Apple Silicon M2 chip, rivaling the capabilities of the M2 iPad Pro but at a more affordable price point than the M4 iPad Pro.

With both the previous generation M2 iPad Pro and the latest M2 iPad Air offering compelling options, let's delve into a detailed comparison.


Firstly, there's a significant price gap between the two. The 13-inch iPad Air, starting at Rs 79,900 for 128 GB of storage, contrasts sharply with the Rs 1,09,502 price tag of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M2.


Turning to the display, the disparity is evident. The iPad Pro M2 boasts a superior Mini LED screen with outstanding contrast, higher brightness, and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

Conversely, the iPad Air features a standard LCD screen, not quite matching the smoothness or color accuracy of the iPad Pro's display, according to reports.

For professionals editing photos or videos and gamers seeking immersive experiences, the display nuances may be crucial.


Additionally, both iPads, fueled by the same M2 chip, promise identical performance with 8 GB of RAM and USB-C ports. 

However, only the iPad Pro supports Thunderbolt 4 (30Gbps) USB data transfer, while the iPad Air offers up to USB 3 (10Gbps) data transfer speeds alongside Display output.


Shifting focus to the camera capabilities, the iPad Pro stands out with multiple cameras, including LiDAR for industrial applications, while the 13-inch iPad Air features a single 12 MP camera and Touch ID.

Furthermore, the new iPad Air's compatibility with the Apple Pencil Pro could enhance productivity for artists, although both iPads support the Pencil 2.

Considering budget and preferences, users contemplating an iPad purchase in 2024 may also weigh the option of the latest M4 iPad Pro, priced slightly higher than the M2 iPad Pro. 

Ultimately, performance, features, and individual needs dictate the best choice for users within their budgetary constraints.