Apple is planning on launching refreshed variations of the iPad Air and iPad Pro in 2024, in line with TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a brand new Medium weblog put up, Kuo claims that Apple will launch a brand new 12.9-inch iPad Air mannequin for the primary time, alongside the common 10.9-inch mannequin. The upgraded iPad Pro fashions will characteristic the corporate’s new M3 chip and sport OLED shows, in line with the analyst. Apple may additionally launch new iPad mini and eleventh technology iPad fashions subsequent yr.
According to Kuo, Apple is planning to launch a ten.9-inch iPad Air mannequin within the first quarter of 2024, that will likely be accompanied by a brand new 12.9-inch mannequin. It will likely be outfitted with the identical Liquid Retina show because the smaller iPad Air, however will provide higher efficiency because of an oxide backplane (the mixture of the skinny movie transistor (TFT) and the substrate used for the show) that can be used on Apple’s current-generation iPad Pro fashions with Mini-LED shows.
The analyst states that Apple can even launch two new iPad Pro fashions that can ditch Mini-LED shows for OLED screens, between the primary and second quarters of 2024. These fashions are anticipated to sport a brand new type issue and will likely be powered by Apple’s newest M3 chip — providing higher show high quality and energy effectivity in comparison with present iPad Pro fashions. A market analysis agency not too long ago predicted that the bigger iPad Pro mannequin will sport a barely bigger 13-inch show.
Kuo predicts that Apple will ship round 6 to eight million iPad Pro fashions in 2024, attributing the prediction for decrease shipments to a attainable worth hike because of the addition of OLED screens. Meanwhile, the bigger iPad Pro mannequin may additionally face competitors from the corporate’s purported 12.9-inch iPad Air mannequin.
In the second half of 2024, Apple may launch a brand new iPad mini mannequin, whereas the corporate can be anticipated to launch a refreshed eleventh technology iPad, whereas manufacturing of the ninth Gen mannequin — the final one to characteristic a Lightning port — will likely be lastly phased out by the top of the yr, in line with Kuo.