Apple Says iPad Air Performance Details Are Accurate Despite 9-Core GPU Mistake

Written on 06/03/2024
Taylor Bell

In a statement provided to eSIM Studios, Apple said that the details it shared on the ‌iPad Air‌'s performance were always based on a 9-core GPU.

"We are updating to correct the core count for the M2 iPad Air. All performance claims for the M2 iPad Air are accurate and based on a 9-core GPU."
According to Apple's website, the "M2" chip is "nearly 50 percent faster than the previous generation," specifically featuring "25 percent faster graphics."

Apple recently updated the specs for the "M2" iPad Air on its website, stating that the device has a 9-core GPU. Prior to the update, a 10-core GPU was listed. The previous generation iPad Pro had a 10-core GPU, so it's surprising to see the "iPad Air" version limited to a 9-core GPU.

The rest of the specs for the ‌M2‌ chip remain unchanged. The "iPad Air" has an 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 8GB of RAM and a 16-core Neural Engine.

Because it took Apple several days to fix the chip defect on its website, some users may have bought an 'iPad Air' thinking it had a 10-core GPU. For launch-day shoppers, the two-week return period has expired, but customers may have good reasons to qualify for return exceptions.