New iPad Air, iPad Pro and MacBook Air models will likely be released in March or April

By Joe Rossignol

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple plans to release new iPad Air, iPad Pro and MacBook Air models this spring. Based on these timings, the devices could be released as early as March or April of this year. According to him, after the release of the devices, attention will shift to Apple's annual developer conference WWDC, which will be held in June.

Below we outline the specs and expectations for these upcoming devices.

iPad Air

The next iPad Air is expected to be available in a 10.9-inch diagonal and 12.9-inch display size.

Rumored and/or likely features for the next iPad Air models include an Apple M2 processor for faster performance, an updated rear camera bump, support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. No major changes to the exterior design are expected.

The current fifth-generation iPad Air with the M1 chip was released in March 2022.

iPad Pro

The next 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models are expected to be the first iPads to feature OLED displays.

OLED technology will enable the next iPad Pro displays to offer increased brightness, a higher contrast ratio, lower power consumption and other advantages compared to existing models with LCD panels. Apple already uses OLED displays in the latest iPhone and Apple Watch models, with the exception of the cheaper iPhone SE.

With the move to OLED, the next iPad Pro models are expected to be more expensive.

iPad Pro models released in 2017 and later support ProMotion, allowing you to change the refresh rate from 24Hz to 120Hz. Switching to OLED will likely bring the refresh rate down to 10Hz or lower to improve battery life. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models can reach as low as 1Hz in Always-On Display mode.

Other rumors and/or likely features for the next iPad Pro models include Apple's latest M3 chip for improved performance. , MagSafe wireless charging and an updated Magic Keyboard with a larger trackpad and aluminum top case. As with the iPad Air, the iPad Pro may also see changes to the rear camera bump.

Current iPad Pro models with the M2 chip were released in October 2022.

MacBook Air

Gurman said Apple plans to release several MacBook Airs with the M3 chip in the spring, so it looks like the next 13-inch and 15-inch models will be released simultaneously this year. rather than individually as before.

With the M3 chip, future MacBook Air models will feature hardware-accelerated ray tracing and grid shading for improved graphics rendering in games, including more accurate lighting. , reflections and shadows. Last year, Apple already updated the 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip.

No major changes are expected in the design of the MacBook Air this year, but the laptop is likely to will get Wi-Fi 6E support like other Macs.

Apple last updated the 13-inch MacBook Air in July 2022, and the first 15-inch MacBook Air was released in June 2023.

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