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Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) Gen 6 review - The powerful Apple tablet with an identity crisis

Closer to the iPad Pro? The new Apple iPad Air gets to benefit from the Apple M2 as well as the Pencil Pro—apart from this, its differences compared to the 5th generation are limited. In this review of the iPad Air 6, you can read about why the new 2024 release of the iPad Air continues to lack that pro feeling, and why Apple may want to rethink its product names.
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review

In releasing the sixth generation of the iPad Air, Apple's mid-range tablet has inherited the in-house M2 chipset from the 2022 Pro models. Apple has promised significant improvements in its processor as well as its GPU and NPU performance—in total, its performance is supposed to have been doubled or even tripled compared to the M1 SoC inside the iPad Air 5

Aside from the version we have tested which features a classic 11-inch size, the iPad Air 6 now also comes in a 13-inch version. As a result, Apple fans who want a large screen surface may be able to save some money by not having to reach for the expensive new 13-inch iPad Pro. 

The smallest configuration of the iPad Air 11 (2024) has had its storage doubled to 128 GB and features an MRSP of US$599. This means the sixth generation iPad Air has the same starting price as its predecessor did.

Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (iPad Air Series)
Processor
Apple M2 8 x 2.4 - 3.5 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
10.86 inch, 2360 x 1640 pixel 265 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, native pen support, Liquid Retina Display, IPS, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 111 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: compass, acceleration, barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.1 x 247.6 x 178.5 ( = 0.24 x 9.75 x 7.03 in)
Battery
28.93 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 17.5
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (ƒ/1.8)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (ƒ/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, USB cable, info material, iPad OS, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
462 g ( = 16.3 oz / 1.02 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90 %
05/2024
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
462 g6.1 mm10.86"2360x1640
91.7 %
03/2022
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
461 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
92.5 %
11/2022
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
466 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
90.9 %
10/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
500 g5.9 mm11.00"2560x1600
89.3 %
09/2023
Google Pixel Tablet
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
493 g8.1 mm10.95"2560x1600

Case - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with an aluminum unibody

The iPad Air 11 (2024) is available in Space Gray, Purple, Blue and Starlight.
The iPad Air 11 (2024) is available in Space Gray, Purple, Blue and Starlight.

Visually, not much has changed about the iPad Air 11 (2024) compared to its predecessor. Its footprint and weight are nearly identical. Now, if you thought that the bezels around its screen would be made narrower to accommodate a slightly larger display diagonal of 11 inches, then you are unfortunately wrong, as Apple continues to make use of a 10.86-inch panel. The manufacturer has merely rounded up the numbers more in the tablet's product description. As a result, its size ratio of 80.9 per cent between the screen and the front of the device is in need of some improvement, and it only partially does justice to a tablet costing US$600. In comparison, a Galaxy Tab S9 achieves over 83 %. 

Speaking of product descriptions—in previous generations, the suffix "Air" was introduced for the thinnest and most lightweight design among the iPads. If we now compare the new iPad Pro 11's measurements, then it quickly becomes clear that Apple has an even more "airy" tablet on offer. The new Pro variant is not only thinner, but it is also 18 grams lighter than the latest iPad Air 6. Nevertheless, the 2024 model is still a lightweight 11-inch tablet, weighing in at 462 grams. 

We have nothing negative to say about its unibody case made from recycled aluminum. Its build quality is great and its matte aluminum surfaces don't attract many fingerprint marks. The iPad Air 6 also withstands twisting attempts without any problems. However, it does not have an IP certification.

Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review

Size comparison

258 mm / 10.2 in 169 mm / 6.65 in 8.1 mm / 0.3189 in 493 g1.087 lbs254.3 mm / 10 in 165.8 mm / 6.53 in 5.9 mm / 0.2323 in 500 g1.102 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 in 178.5 mm / 7.03 in 6.1 mm / 0.2402 in 462 g1.019 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 in 178.5 mm / 7.03 in 6.1 mm / 0.2402 in 461 g1.016 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 in 178.5 mm / 7.03 in 5.9 mm / 0.2323 in 466 g1.027 lbs210 mm / 8.27 in 148 mm / 5.83 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 2.9 g0.00639 lbs

Connectivity - The Apple tablet without NFC

In the United States, you can get the 11-inch iPad Air Gen 6 in four variants between 128 GB and 1 TB—and optionally with a 5G cellular module. Apple is earning big bucks by doubling the 6th-gen iPad Air's storage, but all models feature the same RAM configuration—unlike the Pro models. 

8 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | US$599 WiFi | US$749 cellular
8 GB RAM | 256 GB ROM | US$699 WiFi | US$849 cellular 
8 GB RAM | 512 GB ROM | US$899 WiFi | US$1,049 cellular
8 GB RAM | 1 TB ROM | US$1,099 WiFi | US$1,249 cellular

Its USB port is connected via the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, meaning it delivers transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s and can output picture to a monitor. However, you can't use the supplied cable which only supports USB 2.0. Outputting a DisplayPort signal via USB-C can be done at up to 6K (6,016 x 3,384 pixels) at 60 Hz. 

In contrast to its predecessor, the iPad Air 11 (2024) supports Bluetooth 5.3. Two things that are still missing on the Apple tablet are NFC and a UWB chip. You can connect a first-gen Magic Keyboard via the "Smart Connector" (3-pin connection) on the back—it attaches to the iPad Air magnetically. You can use the magnetic surface on the right side of the device to connect and charge an Apple Pencil Pro.

Bottom case side (speaker opening, USB port, speaker opening)
Bottom case side (speaker opening, USB port, speaker opening)
Top case side (speaker openings, on/off button)
Top case side (speaker openings, on/off button)
Right case side (volume buttons)
Right case side (volume buttons)
Left case side
Left case side

Software - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with iPad OS 17

The 6th-generation Apple iPad Air 11 comes delivered with iPadOS 17.5. There is no official information on how long the tablet will be supplied with updates. However,  update supply can be seen as a plus point for the iPad Air, even if statements from Apple would provide more clarity. In our view, buyers of the iPad Air 11 (2024) can hope for an update supply of at least five to six years. The iPad Air (3rd generation) from 2019 is still receiving updates, for example.

Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review

Communication - The Apple tablet with WiFi 6E

The Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) now supports the Wi-Fi standard 6E and as a result, the ability to use the 6 GHz network for WLAN. Together with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, we measured fluctuating but quite high values of up to 1,300 MBit/s when receiving. However, its sending values were considerably lower and were also quite inconsistent. 

We tested the Wi-Fi module, which doesn't allow 5G connections or locating via satellite systems. However, you can optionally select a cellular module (Wi-Fi + Cellular) with a wide range of frequencies and 5G. It should be noted that the device no longer accommodates nano SIM cards—instead, you can only use eSIMs. Still, Wi-Fi, a digital compass and iBeacon micro-location are also available for locating using the WiFi-only version of the tablet. However, this is not sufficient for navigation tasks including route guidance.

Networking
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1196 (min: 767) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
666 (min: 403) MBit/s ∼56%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
iperf3 receive AXE11000
769 (min: 744) MBit/s ∼81%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
959 (min: 486) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
949 (min: 941) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
943 (min: 903) MBit/s ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
951 (min: 929) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
944 (min: 474) MBit/s ∼98%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
881 (min: 690) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
690 (min: 241) MBit/s ∼72%
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Apple iPad Air 6 2024; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1196 (767-1336)
Apple iPad Air 6 2024; iperf 3.1.3: Ø666 (403-883)

Cameras - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with single-cams

Selfie on the iPad Air Gen 6
Selfie on the iPad Air Gen 6

From a tech standpoint, barely anything has changed on the front compared to its predecessor. The 12-MPix camera uses an f/2.4 aperture and delivers solid picture quality. However, the lens on the front has finally been placed along the long side of the iPad Air 11. As not many users of a 10.86-inch tablet will prioritize upright use, this can be seen as a positive. "Center Stage", which uses software to restrict the image section for recognized faces, can also be used for videos.

The back now features the 12-MPix camera including autofocus which could already be seen in the iPad Air 5. Photos taken using this lens should be sufficient for most tablet users, however, the Apple tablet uses a lot of artificial sharpness and its color reproduction could do with being better, too. Under controlled lighting conditions, the iPad Air 11 (2024) showed some larger deviations in the ColorChecker passport—the same can be said for its white balance. 

Videos can be recorded in a maximum of UHD quality and at 60fps, but the front-facing lens can't make use of a 4K option. 

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1x
2x
2x
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Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Subject 1Subject 2Low Light
ColorChecker
8.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Air 6 2024: 8.57 ∆E min: 2.17 - max: 13.6 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
39 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
46.2 ∆E
42 ∆E
94.3 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Air 6 2024: 47.37 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 94.33 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - The iPad Air 11 (2024) without a power supply

First-generation Magic Keyboard
First-generation Magic Keyboard

The 2024 iPad Air's scope of delivery has been reduced even further compared to its predecessor. A modular 20-watt power supply is no longer part of Apple's included accessories. The slim box now only features a fabric-covered USB-C cable and info leaflets. Even the well-known sticker depicting the Apple with a bite taken out if it is no longer included.  

In addition, Apple offers cases and power supplies for its iPad Air 6. You can also optionally purchase Apple's new input pen—the Pencil Pro—which retails for US$129. You'll have to fork out a pricey US$299 for a first-generation Magic Keyboard. 

The iPad Air 11 (2024) only comes with a 12-month warranty in the United States. You can optionally purchase the insurance package Care+ for the Apple tablet. This can either be purchased for a one-off cost of US$79 or for US$3.99 a month. It includes unlimited repairs for accidental damage. A fee is then due for each service process.

Input devices & operation - The Apple tablet only supports 60 Hz

The iPad Air 6 supports the Apple Pencil Pro
The iPad Air 6 supports the Apple Pencil Pro

The iPad Air 11 (2024)'s capacitive touchscreen recognizes touch inputs without any noticeable delay. In contrast to the iPad 10, a laminated panel is used, which benefits the tablet's responsiveness.

The built-in LCD display only supports a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which makes animations or scrolling appear less fluid than on some entry-level Android tablets with a 90-Hz refresh rate, such as the Redmi Pad SE. For an MRSP of just under US$600, increasing its refresh rate should actually have been a mandatory upgrade compared to the iPad Air 5. This is because pen input—which the Apple tablet supports—also massively benefits from a higher frame rate. Taking notes on the sixth-generation iPad Air will feel less natural than on an iPad Pro 11 (2022).

In addition to the Apple Pencil (USB-C), the iPad Air 11 (2024) also gets to benefit from the new Apple Pencil Pro. This uses a gyroscope to determine its orientation relative to the screen. This is intended to improve the use of non-uniformly shaped and wide brushes when drawing. The pen also uses a pressure sensor to detect when its case is pressed. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to test the Apple Pencil Pro. 

For biometric security, this model doesn't use 3D facial recognition "Face ID" like the Pro models do, but it instead uses "Touch ID" like its predecessor. The fingerprint sensor in the on/off button works very well and reliably, although it now works passively, meaning the screen must first always be taken out of standby mode.

Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review

Display - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with IPS

The LC display uses a classic RGB sub-pixel matrix consisting of a red, a blue and a green light-emitting diode.
The LC display uses a classic RGB sub-pixel matrix consisting of a red, a blue and a green light-emitting diode.

The iPad Air 11 (2024)'s Liquid Retina IPS display is likely the same panel as in its predecessor and the model before it—at least that's what our measurements suggest. Its slow response times in particular have not changed in recent years. The same applies to its resolution and display brightness.

We measured an average of 474 cd/m² with somewhat uneven illumination. When we used an APL18 pattern, a small increase could be teased out of the panel (526 cd/m²). As a result, the display is not entirely suitable for displaying HDR content—the HDR standards HDR10 and Dolby Vision are supported.

The iPad Air 6 doesn't use pulse width modulation to control its screen brightness and we also noted no evidence of high-frequency flickering in our measurements, which PWM-sensitive people will certainly appreciate—especially since the Pro models have switched to OLED technology.

471
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
506
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Liquid Retina Display tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 506 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 474.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 506 cd/m²
Contrast: 1265:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.48 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.204
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.86
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2560x1600, 11.00
Google Pixel Tablet
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.95
Screen
8%
10%
-11%
6%
Brightness middle
506
529
5%
620
23%
576
14%
521
3%
Brightness
474
490
3%
611
29%
579
22%
508
7%
Brightness Distribution
87
86
-1%
93
7%
99
14%
89
2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.37
7%
0.37
7%
0.51
-28%
Contrast
1265
1430
13%
1676
32%
1022
-19%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.48
1.35
9%
1.49
-1%
2.5
-69%
1.2
19%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.12
2.45
21%
3.67
-18%
4.6
-47%
2.6
17%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.3
2.1
9%
2.3
-0%
2.3
-0%
1.3
43%
Gamma
2.204 100%
2.183 101%
2.211 100%
2.02 109%
2.2 100%
CCT
6954 93%
6939 94%
6849 95%
6585 99%
6696 97%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

In our display measurements using the Calman software and a spectrophotometer, the IPS display proved to be very well calibrated. Differences compared to the reference colors are barely perceptible to the naked eye. We achieved the best color reproduction without using the "True Tone" setting. The iPad OS doesn't offer individual color profiles and the screen's color temperature can only be adjusted by using "Night Shift". Its contrast ratio is around 1,300:1 thanks to its solid black value of 0.4 cd/m², which is decent. 

Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: Adobe RGB)
Color space (target color space: Adobe RGB)
Color space (target color space: P3)
Color space (target color space: P3)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 15.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 74 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
73.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30.2 ms rise
↘ 43.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

The IPS panel's viewing angle stability is absolutely fine and we noted no changes to its colors. Outdoors, the iPad Air 11 (2024) shows its best side despite its rather low luminosity—this is thanks to its anti-reflective coating. However, content is difficult to read in direct sunlight, so you should always avoid reflections on the glass surface as best you can, even with its special display treatment.

Performance - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with M2

The iPad Air 11 (2024) certainly isn't lacking in performance, as the sixth generation of the Apple tablet has been equipped with the company's own M2 chipset from the Pro model. Compared to the M1 in its predecessor, the new 2024 edition made significant gains in our CPU benchmark package—especially when it came to its Geekbench multi-score. This makes the passively cooled iPad Air 11 (2024) more powerful than most laptops within this price range. There is not really any competition from the side of Android in terms of performance. A Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is actually even significantly slower than an iPad Air 5

Geekbench 6.2
Multi-Core
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
10085 Points
Average Apple M2 (10034 - 10093, n=3)
10071 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
5503 Points -45%
Google Pixel Tablet
3667 Points -64%
Average of class Tablet (493 - 14690, n=53, last 2 years)
2865 Points -72%
Single-Core
Average Apple M2 (2587 - 2650, n=3)
2610 Points +1%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
2587 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
2079 Points -20%
Google Pixel Tablet
1435 Points -45%
Average of class Tablet (185 - 3715, n=53, last 2 years)
952 Points -63%
Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average Apple M2 (1887 - 1953, n=8)
1914 Points +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1892 Points 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
1887 Points
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
1719 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1550 Points -18%
Google Pixel Tablet
1078 Points -43%
Average of class Tablet (140 - 1892, n=74, last 2 years)
682 Points -64%
Multi-Core
Average Apple M2 (8491 - 8994, n=8)
8812 Points +2%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
8624 Points
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
8491 Points -2%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
7034 Points -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
5036 Points -42%
Google Pixel Tablet
3212 Points -63%
Average of class Tablet (312 - 8624, n=74, last 2 years)
2435 Points -72%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
1961471 Points
Average Apple M2 (1936538 - 1961471, n=2)
1949005 Points -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1936538 Points -1%
Average of class Tablet (164396 - 2716980, n=26, last 2 years)
677282 Points -65%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1585 Points +10%
Average Apple M2 (1437 - 1585, n=8)
1521 Points +6%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
1437 Points
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
1266 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1222 Points -15%
Google Pixel Tablet
889 Points -38%
Average of class Tablet (172 - 1944, n=59, last 2 years)
721 Points -50%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V10
Storage Read
Average Apple M2 (856 - 905, n=3)
880 MB/s 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
879 MB/s
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
856 MB/s -3%
Average of class Tablet (269 - 1151, n=9, last 2 years)
749 MB/s -15%
Storage Write
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
2974 MB/s
Average Apple M2 (914 - 2974, n=3)
1603 MB/s -46%
Average of class Tablet (181 - 3540, n=9, last 2 years)
1205 MB/s -59%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
921 MB/s -69%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 64 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
 
Google Pixel Tablet Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

Its increase in GPU performance compared to the M1 inside its predecessor is also very impressive. Depending on the scenario, we noted a performance increase of up to 23 % in the GFXBench tests. During the on-screen tests, however, the Galaxy Tab S9 achieved better results than the iPad Air 6, as the Samsung tablet has a significantly higher refresh rate. 

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
6204 Points
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
5328 Points -14%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4144 Points -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3826 Points -38%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1839 Points -70%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
5598 Points
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
5137 Points -8%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4913 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3857 Points -31%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1803 Points -68%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
23565 Points
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
21302 Points -10%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
18309 Points -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14527 Points -38%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6599 Points -72%
3DMark / Solar Bay Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
7899 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5550 Points -30%
3DMark / Solar Bay Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
6654 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5627 Points -15%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
697.9 fps +11%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
628 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
557 fps -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
367 fps -42%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
305 fps -51%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
449.5 fps +9%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
411 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
317 fps -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
249 fps -39%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
175 fps -57%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
118.3 fps +97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
97 fps +62%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps -7%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
281 fps
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
277 fps -1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
229 fps -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
186 fps -34%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps -60%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
94.5 fps +58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
64 fps +7%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -35%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
173 fps
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
171.4 fps -1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
153.5 fps -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps -31%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps -61%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
97.3 fps +62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
62 fps +3%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps -50%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
77 fps +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
69 fps +1%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
68 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60.9 fps -10%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -54%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
111 fps +85%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
95 fps +58%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps -28%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
278.6 fps +34%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
208 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
168 fps -19%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
149 fps -28%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps -63%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
36.7 fps
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
35.6 fps -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
32 fps -13%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps -62%

Surfing using the Safari browser works quickly and without any issues—websites are loaded speedily. During the benchmarks, the iPad Air 11 (2024) came far ahead of its Android competition.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (Safari 17)
256.985 Points
Average Apple M2 (220 - 257, n=8)
233 Points -9%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
220.382 Points -14%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
184.3 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
152.9 Points -41%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
117.838 Points -54%
Average of class Tablet (19.9 - 334, n=66, last 2 years)
96.4 Points -62%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
243 Points
Average Apple M2 (223 - 256, n=7)
237 Points -2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
223 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
179 Points -26%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
98 Points -60%
Average of class Tablet (21 - 315, n=64, last 2 years)
92.5 Points -62%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (Safari 17)
437 runs/min
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
0 runs/min -100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
363 runs/min -17%
Average Apple M2 (437 - 437, n=9)
357 runs/min -18%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
255 runs/min -42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
197 runs/min -55%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
134 runs/min -69%
Average of class Tablet (48 - 572, n=60, last 2 years)
101 runs/min -77%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (Safari 17)
77756 Points
Average Apple M2 (72484 - 77756, n=8)
74555 Points -4%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
72484 Points -7%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
66974 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (Edge 117)
49582 Points -36%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
47939 Points -38%
Average of class Tablet (2672 - 105178, n=81, last 2 years)
25897 Points -67%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Tablet (319 - 34733, n=67, last 2 years)
3160 ms * -614%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
1532.5 ms * -246%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
930.2 ms * -110%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
499 ms * -13%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
466.8 ms * -5%
Average Apple M2 (440 - 467, n=8)
451 ms * -2%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (Safari 17)
442.8 ms *
Speedometer 3.0 - Score
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 (Safari 17)
29.9 runs/min
Average Apple M2 ()
29.9 runs/min 0%
Average of class Tablet (2.95 - 33.7, n=10, last 2 years)
13.8 runs/min -54%

* ... smaller is better

Games - The Apple tablet with a fast graphics unit

The Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) is very well suited for playing mobile games from the App Store thanks to its powerful GPU. For our test, we took a look at the graphically demanding fantasy action role-playing game Genshin Impact and the shooter PUBG Mobile. Both games ran smoothly with high details and the large display naturally makes the games very fun to play.

However, fans of HFR gaming should note that the 60 Hz screen only supports a maximum of 60fps. This is the case with Genshin Impact, for example: 120fps would theoretically be possible with high details, but only 60fps can actually be used.

PUBG Mobile supports the maximum UHD setting. Precise measurements of the M2's refresh rates within the iPad Air 6—which we record using the GameBench application—will be provided soon for its sister model with the 13-inch panel, as measurements are currently only possible with special hardware.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

Emissions - The iPad Air 11 (2024) with low waste heat

Temperature

The tablet's surface temperatures are neither pronounced in idle mode nor under constant load. However, we measured a peak of almost 44 °C at a hotspot.

We used the 3DMark stress tests to check the device's internal heat development. Here, the Apple M2 revealed moderate fluctuations in its refresh rate under intensive computing loads. In view of its high performance values, the iPad Air 11 (2024) still performed better than a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Galaxy Tab S9  when throttled during Wild Life Extreme.

Max. Load
 32.8 °C
91 F
40.5 °C
105 F
36.8 °C
98 F
 
 30.9 °C
88 F
33.4 °C
92 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
32.7 °C
91 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 40.5 °C = 105 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
37.4 °C
99 F
43.5 °C
110 F
35.1 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
27.9 °C
82 F
33.4 °C
92 F
32.9 °C
91 F
33.3 °C
92 F
32.3 °C
90 F
Maximum: 43.5 °C = 110 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 19 °C = 66 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.5 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F, ranging from 20.7 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.5 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.6 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 30 °C / 86 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Apple iPad Air 6 2024 M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø60 (60-60)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø84.4 (77.5-118.7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø66.2 (58.8-82.1)
Google Pixel Tablet Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø38.8 (37.8-39.7)
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø25 (24-36.8)
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø21 (20-29.7)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø28.4 (26.6-34.4)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø21.6 (19.8-23.3)
Google Pixel Tablet Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø11.1 (11-11.1)
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø16.6 (16.3-18.7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø16.5 (14.4-18.1)
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Google Pixel Tablet
98.8 (11min - 11.1max) % +51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
84.9 (19.8min - 23.3max) % +30%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
77.3 (26.6min - 34.4max) % +18%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
67.4 (20min - 29.7max) % +3%
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
65.3 (24min - 36.8max) %
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
100 (60min - 60max) %
Google Pixel Tablet
95.3 (37.8min - 39.7max) % -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
71.6 (58.8min - 82.1max) % -28%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
65.3 (77.5min - 118.7max) % -35%
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
87.3 (16.3min - 18.7max) %
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
79.8 (14.4min - 18.1max) % -9%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 64 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
 
Google Pixel Tablet Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

Speakers

Despite its four openings in the tablet's case, the sixth-generation iPad Air still only has two speakers, which is somewhat disappointing for a tablet in this price range. However, we don't have much to complain about when it comes to their sound, as the audio output sounds great with even mids and highs as well as some bass. The iPad Air 6 doesn't get terribly loud—we noted just 73 dB.

If you prefer to use headphones, you can do so either wirelessly via Bluetooth (5.3 standard) or wired via the USB-C port. However, hardly any codecs other than AAC are supported, so compatibility should be taken into account when purchasing headphones or speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.136.42528.730.43123.128.64026.535.15037.6346319.626.18016.721.310024.231.512520.44416020.54920011.651.925010.753.431510.356.64007.852.35008.1496309.257.78009.552.610009.653.812508.160.416009.36420009.765.9250010.259.8315010.961400011.460.3500012.355.1630012.856.2800013.953.21000014.6601250015.459.51600016.259.6SPL23.672.4N0.529.1median 10.9median 56.2Delta2.64.83336.730.933.919.423.127.334.33741.526.934.11943.518.446.71555.716.163.615.964.414.266.912.170.41469.414.775.71574.813.776.414.177.913.678.513.18012.879.113.373.713.469.513.875.51480.314.177.513.57513.773.913.668.513.16626890.783median 13.8median 74.80.75.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad Air 6 2024Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 21% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 5% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power management - only 20-watt charging on the iPad Air 11 (2024)

Power consumption

Compared to its predecessor, the new iPad Air's battery has increased by 0.33 to 28.93 watt-hours, but it can only be charged at a maximum of 20 watts via the USB port. In our test of the iPad Pro 11 with the M2 chip and a similar battery capacity, it took almost 2.5 hours to charge it fully using the now optional 20-watt power supply unit.

Its power consumption under load is higher than with the Pro model. In idle mode, however, the 11-inch version of the iPad Air 6 consumes comparatively little power at less than 5 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.5 / 3.6 / 4.6 Watt
Load midlight 12.8 / 16.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8400 mAh
Google Pixel Tablet
7020 mAh
Power Consumption
-35%
-1%
3%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
1.5
1.65
-10%
1.1
27%
2.58
-72%
1.33
11%
Idle Average *
3.6
8.1
-125%
6
-67%
3.24
10%
4.67
-30%
Idle Maximum *
4.6
9.4
-104%
6.1
-33%
3.39
26%
4.78
-4%
Load Average *
12.8
9.5
26%
9.1
29%
7.02
45%
9.81
23%
Load Maximum *
16.8
10.4
38%
10.2
39%
15.86
6%
19.76
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPad Air 6 2024 Apple M2: Ø7.64 (4.1-16.9)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy: Ø8.87 (3.26-15.7)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPad Air 6 2024 Apple M2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø16 (12.8-16.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø12.3 (9.05-14.4)
Apple iPad Air 6 2024 Apple M2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.631 (1.456-1.817)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø3.31 (3.25-3.39)

Runtimes

Although the iPad Air 11 (2024) with its IPS panel boasts good runtimes, it is by no means a long-distance runner. Our comparison devices can be best contrasted at an adapted display brightness of 150 cd/m². In our practical WLAN test, the iPad Air Gen 6 managed about 11.5 hours and with the WLAN module deactivated when playing back a video in a loop, it lasted for 13 hours. These are good values, but the iPad Pro 11 with the M2 chip holds on for longer.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
25h 08min
WiFi Websurfing (Safarie 17)
11h 23min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 31min
Apple iPad Air 6 2024
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8400 mAh
Google Pixel Tablet
7020 mAh
Battery Runtime
6%
29%
-11%
59%
Reader / Idle
1508
2198
46%
920
-39%
2202
46%
H.264
768
941
23%
703
-8%
1239
61%
WiFi v1.3
683
646
-5%
846
24%
539
-21%
992
45%
Load
211
245
16%
256
21%
262
24%
391
85%

Pros

+ fast SoC
+ low waste heat
+ long update period is likely
+ IPS display without any flickering
+ high-quality case
+ good sound ...

Cons

- ... but only two speakers
- only 12-month warranty
- wide bezels
- display could be brighter
- only 60 Hz
- no IP rating
- high surcharge for larger storage variants
- slow charging (20 watts)
- few Bluetooth codecs

Verdict on the Apple iPad Air 11 (2024)

Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review.
Apple iPad Air 11 (2024) review.

The 6th gen iPad Air boasts a high-quality appearance and slim build. However, Apple should either rethink the name "Air" or the model in general, as the iPad Pro 11 with the M4 chip is not only a thinner tablet but it is also lighter, meaning the Air has lost its unique selling point. 

Aside from the Apple M2, the iPad Air 11 (2024) only gives potential buyers little reason to upgrade compared to its predecessor. Thanks to its in-house SoC, the 2024 version is incredibly powerful and as a result of its high efficiency, it benefits from great runtimes and comparatively low waste heat. Even so, there are only few potential use scenarios using iPad OS that would properly demand an M2 chip. 

Apple hasn't presented much new in its iPad Air 6, however, its performance is extraordinary thanks to its M2 chip.

All things considered, the 6th-gen iPad Air still fails to give users that true pro feeling. Its display—the likely most important feature of a tablet—simply isn't good enough to achieve this. Its 60 Hz refresh rate in particular just isn't up to date anymore within this price class. Together with its slow response times, creative pro users will likely continue to have to reach for the Pro model. 

If you don't need the high performance capabilities of the iPad Air Gen 6 and would like to wager a look at the Android camp, then the Galaxy Tab S9 may well be a better-equipped 11-inch tablet within a similar price range. The Google Pixel Tablet, in combination with its Hub mode, could also be an exciting alternative to the iPad Air 11 (2024).

Price and availability

The 2024 Apple iPad Air can be purchased directly from the manufacturer or from online retailers such as Amazon, with prices starting from US$599.

Apple iPad Air 6 2024 - 05/27/2024 v7 (old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
71 / 80 → 89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
56 / 70 → 80%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
90%
Games Performance
87 / 78 → 100%
Application Performance
94 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
59 / 85 → 69%
Average
82%
90%
Tablet - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Marcus Herbrich, 2024-05-29 (Update: 2024-06- 7)