Next Year's Apple iPad Air to Feature M2 Chip for Enhanced Performance

Apple is planning to make some changes to its iPad lineup next year. According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the upcoming iPad Air will be equipped with an M2 chip. This update will differentiate the iPad Air from the larger model that has been previously rumored. Additionally, Apple is expected to discontinue the 9th-generation iPad, allowing the company to phase out older Apple Pencils that are not compatible with newer iPad models. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Air models are rumored to be launching in March. While the iPad Air will have an M2 chip, the Pro models are rumored to have an M3 chip. However, the processor generation may not significantly impact the performance of the iPad Air, as the OLED screen, rumored for the iPad Pro, would be a more noticeable difference for most users. It is also speculated that the new 12.9-inch iPad Air will be compatible with the Magic Keyboard currently available for the iPad Pro. This suggests that the next iPad Air models may feature camera arrays similar to those on the iPad Pro. Overall, these updates are seen as positive for Apple, though they do not completely address the iPad’s varying features and specifications.