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Apple iPad Air 6 wishlist: All the features I want to see

Thinking about getting an iPad Air? I take a look at the upcoming iPad Air 6 and some of my wishes for the new tablet.

Published onDecember 10, 2023

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The iPad Air series is one of the most popular tablets offered by Apple, offering some of the best specs outside of the iPad Pro. The iPad Air 5 launched in March of 2022, making it over a year old. How much longer will it be until we see the iPad Air 6? While we don’t know that for sure just yet, let’s take a look at my own  Join me as I take a closer look at my own wishes for Apple’s next iPad Air.

At least a mild design refresh

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Apple’s last major design overhaul came to the iPad Air back in 2020. Since then, the design changes have been pretty subtle. Don’t expect much change here, although we could likely get a few distinct colors. After all, the Air 5 made some pretty big colorway changes, and previous models were pretty adventurous here, too.

Of course, there are things Apple could definitely improve, such as reducing the tablet’s bezels and changing up the awkward positioning found on the front camera. For now, there have been no rumors to indicate that is happening, however. It seems likely this will be more of a mild refresh in terms of design, at least.

An M2 processor

Unless Apple really throws us for a loop, you can safely expect the iPad Air 6 will have an Apple M2 SoC. This will be a pretty solid upgrade from the M1 found in its predecessor and something I definitely want to see.

Although an M3 processor would be awesome, it’s likely the M3 will be reserved for the iPad Pro initially. For what it is worth, at least one leaker has also suggested the M2 will power the Air 6. It’s unclear how trustworthy this leak is or if it’s also just based on speculation.

The iPad Air 6 should see an upgrade to Apple M2 SoC, a solid upgrade to an already great SoC found on its predecessor.

I imagine that RAM will remain at 8GB, as Apple tends to have better RAM management than Android. We’ve seen as high as 16GB of RAM on the latest iPad Pro, but there’s yet to be any whispers Apple plans to offer such a high amount of RAM on any of its standard iPad models.

A horizontal camera, just like the iPad

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The 2021 iPad might be an entry device, but it has one thing very right: the front camera. Instead of sticking to a vertical alignment, there’s a landscape camera on the iPad.

In a post-pandemic world, video conferencing has become more important than ever. And let’s face it, vertical video doesn’t look very professional. It also feels a bit awkwardly placed for those who are already using their iPad as a pseudo-laptop, thanks to the Magic Keyboard.

Despite how obviously useful this change would be, the iPad Air 5 debuted in 2022 without adopting the same camera layout. While there haven’t been any rumors about it yet, I strongly hope the iPad Air 6 corrects this mistake.

Better storage configurations

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64GB of storage in 2023 is absolutely dismal, especially since the OS takes over 10GB of space. What’s worse, 64GB has been way too little for years without Apple doing anything!

The iPad Air 5 offers just 64GB and 256GB options, but I’m hoping against hope that Apple finally moves on. I’d love to see the 64GB base model replaced with a 128GB variant. In addition to the 128GB and 256GB storage sizes, I’d also like to see something in the 512GB to 1TB range as well.

A better display with at least a 90Hz refresh rate

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While the iPad Air 5 has a great display with plenty of brightness and solar colors, its low 60Hz refresh rate definitely holds it back. While I don’t think Apple would move up to 120Hz unless it has a massive change in store for the next Pro model, I do think a 90Hz panel would still be a nice upgrade.

Which upgrade would you like to see most on the iPad Air 6?

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Will there be an Apple iPad Air 6?

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Unless Apple suddenly retires the Air product line (again!), we will eventually see an iPad Air (6th generation). What’s less clear is when. The iPad Air originally launched in 2013 and saw its first successor a year later. Then, the iPad Air series was pushed into the background and left for dead until years later with the launch of the iPad Air 3rd gen.

Since then, we’ve had two other iPad Air models. The Air 4 was released less than a year after the iPad Air 3, while the iPad Air 5 arrived 18 months later. It’s hard to say exactly when it might be released, but an iPad Air 2024 is certainly a possibility.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that his sources pointed towards a 2023 release for the new iPad Air 6, with Apple potentially opting for a “press release” announcement, rather than a big event. As Apple’s two events of the fall, “Wonderlust” and “Scary Fast,” have come and gone, it looks likely the company could just unveil the iPad without fanfare — if it’s coming this year at all.

Of course, that’s all complete speculation. There haven’t been many solid rumors yet about the Air 6, which means Apple might be waiting a bit longer this time. Perhaps March 2024? For what it’s worth, the same situation also seems to apply to the iPad Mini 7. The odds are fairly good the two models might just launch at the same time. Too bad we don’t know when that is just yet.

Should you wait for the iPad Air 6?

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If you don’t need a new tablet right now and are sold on the Air family, I’d wait at least until the end of the year.

If you’re looking for a new tablet right now and are absolutely sold on getting an iPad, the iPad Air 5 ($559 at Amazon) remains a great choice for many. What if you want more power? The simplest way to get it right now would be to upgrade to an iPad Pro ($786 at Amazon), which will bump you to the M2 and many other improvements. Of course, it’s also pretty pricey, starting at $799.99.

Don’t mind exploring outside of the iPad camp? Be sure to check out our guides to the best Android tablets and the best cheap Android tablets for even more options.