The iPad Air is no longer the cheap and underpowered relation to the iPad Pro range. This offering is very capable and with the M2 chip, 8GB of RAM and some good storage options it means you really do need to look at this device before dropping the dollar on the big brother M4 iPad Pro option. It supports the new Apple Pencil Pro with all the new features like haptics, hover, and barrel roll so it’s time to look at what options you have when buying an iPad for creativity.

With Geekbench score beating the M1 iPad Pro this could be an upgrade option from older power machines. Whilst the GPU falls a little short in some respects the overall offering makes for a very capable creative machine. For creatives wanting to use a range of 2D, 3D and editing the iPad Air used to struggle with underpowered chips and not enough RAM but now things have evolved and that is backed up by the Geekbench 6 scores.

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Chipset: Apple M2 chip, 8-core CPU, 9-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.1mm
Weight: 617g (Wi-Fi), 618g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Connection type: USB-C
Battery life: 9 hours with basic use
Screen: LED backlit touchscreen, 2732x2048p, 600 nits brightness
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Apple iPad Air (M2, 2024): Geekbench 6 benchmark scoring
Header Cell – Column 0 CPU single-core CPU multi-core GPU Metal score
iPad Air M2 8GB 2,622 9,172 30,563
iPad Pro M4 16GB 3,656 14,662 53,252
iPad Pro M1 16GB 2,385 8,780 33,104