Apple is preparing several revised iPad Pro models, all of which are to be delivered with the M3 SoC produced using the 3 nm process. As Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman reported in his weekend newsletter, there are already four code names for the products that could bring “fundamental changes”. This also includes a new display technology.
OLED rumors finally implemented?
The tablets therefore have the internal designations J717, J718, J720 and J721. Screen diagonals of 11 and 13 inches (currently: 12.9 inches) are planned. For the first time, the OLED screens that have been used in the iPhone for years would be integrated (instead of LCD with mini-LED backlight). There has long been speculation about iPads and Macs with organic light-emitting diodes. They promise brighter images and better colors with lower power consumption at the same time – but Apple first had to solve the well-known ghosting problems that plague the technology.
In parallel to the new iPad Pro models, Apple is also planning the corresponding revised keyboards including trackpad – a kind of Magic Keyboard 2.0. These now supposedly come with a larger trackpad surface, which has always been a point of criticism since it was released in 2020. Apple sells the two keyboard-trackpad combos as sleeves in white and black. However, the recommended retail prices are high at 369 euros (11 inches) and 429 euros (12.9 inches).
It will take time
With the new models, Apple hopes to remedy the current sales slump in iPads. Most recently, the sector is said to have sold around 17 percent fewer units, according to figures from market researcher IDC. But that also reflects the lack of new models – and lower demand for tablets in general since the end of the corona pandemic.
And as interesting as the new models with M3, OLED and new keyboard may sound: Apple won’t release them tomorrow. Instead, Gurman expects availability from next spring or even summer. This is consistent with earlier statements that 2024 will be Apple’s big OLED year for the iPad. Until then, other tablets from the manufacturer would only receive minor updates – if at all – the Bloomberg journalist continues to write.
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