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Apple’s top 5 announcements from the iPad 2024 event

Now that Apple’s Let Loose event is over, here’s a roundup of all the new iPad news: there’s a fresh M2 iPad Air, an M4 iPad Pro, some improved accessories, software upgrades, and an affordable iPad 10.

Ways to catch Apple’s Let Loose event

While the event is over, you can still watch it on Apple’s official YouTube channel.

Announcements made during the iPad event

A complete overview of what Apple revealed on its iPad.

The M2 iPad Air now offers a 13-inch variant

This new model from Apple upgrades the iPad with a better chip and is a larger 13-inch variant. This marks the debut of a larger variant of the iPad outside of the Pro line.

The M2 chip boasts an 8-core processor that represents a speed increase of up to 15 percent compared to the M1 chip. It integrates advances in performance and efficiency cores along with a 10-core GPU, resulting in up to 35 percent faster graphics performance, ideal for demanding users. In addition, the chip’s 16-core Neural Engine coupled with the CPU and GPU can handle a staggering 15.8 trillion operations per second – a 40% increase over the M1 chip – significantly improving iPad Air’s ability to handle machine learning tasks.

Available colors for the new iPad Air include:

  • Purple
  • Starlight
  • Spacey Grey
  • Blue

The iPad Pro has been upgraded with an M4 chip and an Ultra Retina XDR display.

OLED screens using a chip like the M4 for the 13-inch model and the 11-inch model introduced by Apple. The move unifies the lineup with consistent screen technology, replacing the previous mix of LCD and miniLED options. By comparison, the smaller iPad Pro measures 5.3mm thick, while the larger iPad is 5.1mm thinner. These models are available in silver and space black.

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The new iPad Pro features an M4 chip built on second-generation 3nm technology. Its robust CPU contains 4 powerful cores and 6 efficient cores along with next generation ML generators. With a remarkable up to 50% increase in CPU speed compared to the M2, it features a 10-core GPU with dynamic cache and hardware ray tracing that delivers 4x faster performance than the M2 iPad Pro. Despite this increased power, the M4 can achieve the same performance level as the M2 while using only half the power. The Neural Engine also now has 16 cores and can perform 38 trillion operations per second, 60 times faster than Apple’s first Neural Engine.

Updates were implemented in Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro.

The announcement during the iPad event included updates for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Among the upcoming changes planned for spring this year, users can benefit from:

Final Cut Pro 2nd Edition

Live Multicam feature
Final Cut Camera feature offering settings such as white balance, ISO and shutter speed
Ability to create or access projects from an external repository

Logic Pro 2nd Edition

Session Players provides creators with a personalized AI-driven backing track that adapts to feedback.
ChromaGlow enhances tracks with warmth.
Stem Splitter allows users to extract and manipulate individual parts of a single audio recording.

Fresh accessories

Apple has introduced a new Magic Keyboard with function keys, available in two colors to complement the new iPad Pro. In addition, they introduced a new Apple Pencil Pro with a sensor enabling pressing gestures. Gyroscope makes it easy to change brushes by simply turning the pencil and also boasts Find My features.

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The iPad 10 is the most affordable variant in this range.

Towards the end of the event, Apple revealed that the iPad 10 will start at $349. Additionally, the company has discontinued the iPad 9 from its lineup.

Conclusion

We will continue to update this article with more details regarding upcoming Apple iPad event announcements.

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