Even though the newest iPad Air is only a few months old, we are already looking ahead and towards the next version of Apple’s mid-range tablet.
This isn’t another iPad on the way – there’s the iPad (2022), iPad Mini (2022), and iPad Pro (2022), which are likely to be in the first place. But the Air line is popular with many people who may not want these other devices.
The Apple iPad Air tablets are below the Pro line, offering a slim design but not very advanced displays and processing power. These are good options for people who want a premium tablet but don’t need everything the Pro has to offer – or don’t want to spend that much.
As we said before, we saw the launch of one iPad Air in early 2022, but Apple is probably already working on a sixth-generation version – it could come in 2023, but it’s more likely later. Here we will detail everything we know and want to see.
To the point
- What is this? The next mid-range tablet from Apple
- When will this end? Probably in early 2024
- How much does it cost? Around $ 599 / £ 569 / AU $ 929
The release date and price of the iPad Air 6
We haven’t heard of any confirmed or even rumored information about when the next iPad Air might be coming or how much it might cost, but we can guess.
The fourth and fifth generation iPad Airs were two years apart, so it’s obvious that the next one will be too. That would put the release window in the first half of 2024 – soon enough!
In terms of price, it will likely be the same as the last one – it started at $ 599 / £ 569 / AU $ 929, but the cost has gone up to get more space.
iPad Air 6: what we want to see
1. A clearer identity
The biggest problem with the iPad Air 2022 is that it’s too close to the iPad Pro. Most buyers will have a hard time figuring out which one to buy or which is best for them – in fact, it makes the Pro a bit redundant thanks to the lower price point.
Apple will have to work out a better way to make the next iPad Air unique so that it doesn’t look too much like the Pro.
Perhaps we could see it get more of a mid-range spec sheet as well as a lower price to make it more accessible.
2. More storage space
Current iPads Air start with 64 GB of memory, which is simply not enough for a tablet with a top chipset.
It’s not enough to download a lot of games or have tons of files to work with or edit, so it’s not entirely clear why this version even exists.
It makes the price feel a bit insincere – the entry price of $ 599 / £ 569 / AU 929 certainly feels low, but if it’s little storage space, no one will really buy it at that price.
3. Larger battery
The problem we found with the last iPad Air – and most other iPads, if we’re honest – is that the battery life wasn’t amazing. it was not bad, but it certainly wasn’t Good both.
If you want to wander around coffee shops to work or take your iPad to the studio to use it as a second screen, you really need a device that will last a long time. Current iPads don’t always do this.
We’d like the next-gen version to use a larger battery – perhaps along with a few optimizations to squeeze the most out of this power – to ensure it has a chance to hit our list of the best iPads.