Where to preorder iPad Air 6 — take M2 for a spin

iPad Air 6 preorders
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As much as we might have been expecting that massive 12.9-inch iPad Air, it still felt like a surprise when it took to the screen at the Let Loose event. Not that the base model is anything to be sniffed at this year, with that M2 upgrade and those audio upgrades. Now that we have an idea of what to expect from the new iPad Air models, there’s just one question that we’re all asking — when and where can we preorder a new iPad Air 6?

Thanks to the Let Loose event we have a good idea of when to expect the new iPads, as Apple says it will start shipping the iPads from May 15. If you want to get an iPad as close to release day as possible, then you’ll want to preorder as soon as the lines open right now. But where can you preorder?

iPad Air 6 release date

We have a date for the new iPad Air — it’s coming out on May 15. That’s only a few days away, so you’ll want to make sure you’re as quick as possible when preorders launch today so that you can get one as close to release as possible.

Where to preorder iPad Air



One of your first ports of call should be Apple, where you’ll find all the requisite preorder options. That means all the different color options, both size options, and all the SSD sizes to choose from. You can even get your iPad engraved with some kind words or your name, or even an animoji — although that will affect resale value if you plan on selling it later.


Best Buy

Best Buy is another option for preordering your new iPad Pro, and you get most of the same options that you’ll find on the Apple website. That means color, SSD size, and whether you want a Cellular or WiFi model. No engraving options, but there is an expedited shipping option so that you can get the iPad as soon as possible.


B&H Photo

If you’re looking for an alternative to some of the bigger retailers, B&H Photo is great. The prices match everywhere else, and there are all the same customization options too. Expedited shipping options are available as well, so you can make sure you get the iPad as fast as possible.

The new iPad Air models

There were some massive updates to the iPad Air line this year with the iPad Air 6, not least of all that new size option. There’s now a 12.9-inch option for the iPad Air, so if you wanted a massive iPad but didn’t want to spend a grand on an iPad Pro, there’s an option that fulfills your needs.

The front-facing camera has now moved as well, as it is now found on the horizontal edge of the device for better face time calls.

The chip inside is the other big upgrade this time around, with an upgrade to the M2 chip from last year's MacBook Air. That will undoubtedly make the new iPad a super slick device to use, and powerful enough for some more demanding tasks.

There were also new iPad Pro models, which bring buckets of power to the iPad line with the M4 chips. Want to get one of those instead? We know where to preorder the iPad Pro M4. Want one of the Apple Pencil Pro's to go with your new tablet? Find out where to preorder an Apple Pencil Pro as well.


How much will the new iPads cost?

The iPad Air 10.9-inch is going to cost more than the old model, starting at $599. The iPad Air 12.9-inch however has a brand new price point, and it will set you back $799.

When do the new iPads come out?

Preorders for the new iPads start right now, and then they’ll start shipping on May 15.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.