Apple Quietly Reduces GPU Cores in New iPad Air (2024); M2 Chip Now Has 9 Cores Instead of 10

Apple has made a subtle change to the tech specs of the newly-unveiled iPad Air (2024), which was showcased at the company’s ‘Let Loose’ event on May 7. The specifications page of the tablet on the Apple website has been updated to reflect that the iPad Air (2024) – powered by the M2 SoC – now features a 9-core GPU instead of the previously-mentioned 10-core GPU.

The iPad Air (2024) was launched with the M2 chip in two display variants – 10.9-inch and 13-inch. The chip consists of an 8-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and 8GB RAM. Initially, Apple had mentioned that the GPU consisted of 10-cores, but the company has now updated the technical specifications page of the iPad to reflect the change.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, this is the first time that Apple is selling a device with a 9-core GPU. The report also suggests that the GPU might be a downgraded version of the 10-core version that powers other Apple devices such as the MacBook Air (2022).

While Apple has not officially made any changes to the performance claims of the iPad Air (2024), the company still mentions that it is “nearly” 50 percent faster than the previous generation. The tablet features a Liquid Retina (LCD) screen with an optional anti-reflective coating, and has a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on the back with auto image stabilisation. There is also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera on the front.

The iPad Air (2024) offers support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, and comes in two variants – Wi-Fi and Cellular. The 11-inch Wi-Fi variant with 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 59,900 in India, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular variant is priced at Rs. 79,990. The Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants of the 13.9-inch iPad Air model are priced at Rs. 74,900 and Rs. 94,900, respectively.

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