The new iPad Pro and iPad Air will likely launch in the second week of May, expect iPad Pro prices to increase

In the latest edition of Bloomberg's Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman reports that he rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad Pro and iPad Air during the week of May 6.

New 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays, a larger 12.9-inch iPad Air, and an updated Magic Keyboard were introduced. and Apple Pencil accessories.

This announcement will be one of Apple's biggest iPad hardware announcements ever, after nearly eighteen months without new iPad hardware .

The new iPad Pros will feature vastly improved displays, moving from mini LED panels to OLED panels like the iPhone, offering higher contrast and brightness. The industrial design is also expected to be updated, with the body becoming slimmer and the front camera moving towards the edge of the landscape. The new Pro will be equipped with an M3 chip.

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I Don't know. At the current rate, it's not so far-fetched that Apple might simply delay the release of the 2024 iPad Air and iPad Pro models at WWDC, if only to ramp up shipments of the new model.

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However, it is expected that that prices will rise; The price increase is confirmed by Mark Gurman in today's newsletter. For reference, the current-generation 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099.

The new 12.9-inch iPad Air will be a more affordable option, although -still offering a larger screen form factor. It's unclear whether the new iPad Air will feature M2 or M3 processors, a change from the current M1 configuration.

As for new accessories, links to iPadOS beta code suggest the new Pencil will have a new gesture feature compression. . The new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro makes the tablet even more laptop-like with its aluminum base and larger trackpad.

Updates to the base model iPad and iPad mini should arrive later this year. However, Gurman expects only minor improvements: the Mini will simply receive an improvement in processor performance.

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