- Revamped iPad Pro to offer M3 chip and OLED display
- Slightly larger 13-inch size to replace current 12.9-inch model
- All-new Magic Keyboard design also expected
- The new tablets won't be unveiled until early or mid 2024
The next-generation iPad Pro has been extensively rumored throughout this year, and a new report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman sheds light on what to expect from Apple’s “overhauled” approach to its premium iPad lineup set to be unveiled sometime next year.
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In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman claims that Apple is working to deliver the “first major update” to the iPad Pro since the current design was revealed in October 2018. Codenamed J717, J718, J720, and J721, the new iPad Pro will come in two 11-inch and 13-inch configurations, with the latter’s screen size expected to be slightly larger than today’s 12.9-inch offering.
The new iPad Pro will also be built around the next-generation Apple silicon, adds Gurman. The M3 chip is expected to debut later this year in a slew of new Mac desktops and laptops, and the iPad Pro will boost similar specs and performance to these Macs thanks to the new chip. M3 will usher in a noticeable performance boost compared to the iPad Pro’s current M2 chip thanks to a new 3-nanometer node process which is also expected to make its way onto the iPhone 15 Pro.
The new iPad Pro will also receive a massive upgrade to its display thanks to an impending upgrade to OLED technology. The new OLED panels are expected to bring more lifelike and brighter colors to the iPad Pro compared to the current Liquid Retina and Liquid Retina XDR displays on the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, respectively. It remains to be seen if Apple plans to reduce the bezels on the upcoming iPad Pro like the iPhone when it similarly shifted from LCD to OLED, as that could represent an enticing design change that would tempt users to upgrade.
The expected iPad Pro overhaul also gives Apple the chance to introduce new designs for its iPad accessories, and Gurman adds that the company is working on a “revamped” Magic Keyboard to supplement the new tablets. According to Gurman, the redesigned Magic Keyboard should make the iPad even more similar in appearance to conventional laptops, and will add welcomed improvements such as a larger trackpad.
Apple will most likely unveil the new iPad Pro sometime before the second half of 2024, adds Gurman. The new tablets will most likely make an appearance during a spring event, or could slightly be pushed out to early summer, presumably WWDC 2024. In the meantime, other iPad models could receive minor spec boosts with no major redesigns or other changes planned for the foreseeable future.