New iPads Pro, iPad Air, and USB-C accessories expected in early May

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Apple stores will reportedly prepare for a long-awaited update its iPad Pro and iPad Air models in the first week of May.

New iPad Pro logo on the back
New iPad Pro logo on the back



In his weekly newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that the refreshed lineup will feature new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. Also expected are an all-new 12.9-inch iPad Air, another new Apple Pencil model, and a refreshed Magic Keyboard lineup.

It has been rumored for almost two years that the iPad Pro models will move up from mini-LED panels to OLED displays, and feature a slimmer and lighter overall design. The more expensive display technology will necessitate a price increase in at least the 12.9-inch Pro model.

Rumors have claimed that Apple may offer a matte option with an anti-glare coating for the iPad Pro models for the first time. The new Pro models are expected to get the M3 processors

How much more expensive isn't clear. Early -- and dubious -- rumors suggested that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro would sell for nearly $2000. More recent rumors have put it starting at about $1500.

To soften the blow, Apple will introduce a new 12.9-inch iPad Air, likely using an M2 processor and a conventional display, at a lower price compared to the Pro. On Sunday morning, Gurman also said that the base iPad and iPad mini will receive updates later in 2024, likely closer to the holiday season.

The forthcoming Apple Pencil model has been rumored to have several new features, including additional sensors and haptic feedback. Some reports have suggested a new chassis that could respond to squeezes, and an updated tip for faster and more accurate drawing.

Rumor Score: Likely

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 831member
    Where can I pre-order?
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 3,079member

    Apple stores will reportedly prepare for a long-awaited update its iPad Pro and iPad Air models in the first week of May.


    Hum. Now I'm confused. What is happening in "the first week of May"? Is that when Apple stores will prepare; or is that when the long-awaited hardware will arrive/be announced? 
    mike1watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    chasmchasm Posts: 3,328member
    eightzero said:
    Hum. Now I'm confused. What is happening in "the first week of May"? Is that when Apple stores will prepare; or is that when the long-awaited hardware will arrive/be announced? 
    Both things are happening. Apple Stores will be preparing for new iPad Pros to arrive in the same week that Apple announces them. As is typically the case.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,191member



    I find it hard to believe that the new iPads would be released:
    *after the earnings report 2 May (iPad sales will be woeful last quarter); and
    *just prior to WWDC, so after the first week of May might as well wait.
    Thus, if I was to do a slightly less than wild arsed guess, toss tha dart on the  board I would still go for April sometime. And my own bias wants that of course as I have the cash sitting there ready and my old M2 IPP is gone and the backup will be getting old.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    KT123KT123 Posts: 13member
    Wow, $1500 for an iPad Pro being considered the low end of price spectrum? and that's probably for the entry level storage capacity, that means the 1 and 2 Tb variants are likely to hit the $2K mark for a device that people mostly use to read the news and watch movies, now you are talking real inflation. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,191member
    I use one for actual work though (remote field work). It isn't a lux purchase for me. Agree they are getting too expensive and for most people an MBA would be better these prices.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    I’m curious, what are the main factors that make people consider a Mac before an iPad?

    For me, it’s primarily the lack of AppleScript and XCode in iOS, and possibly some missing functions in the iWork suite. Also, the precision of moving and positioning graphic objects work better with a mouse in macOS than a pencil (or mouse) in iOS.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    I seriously have doubts about the $1500 - $2000 price tags on the iPad Pro.  I will definitely be upgrading from my 2018 iPad Pro this year when the new models are released in May but really hoping the price hike rumor is wrong. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    chasmchasm Posts: 3,328member
    KT123 said:
    Wow, $1500 for an iPad Pro being considered the low end of price spectrum? and that's probably for the entry level storage capacity, that means the 1 and 2 Tb variants are likely to hit the $2K mark for a device that people mostly use to read the news and watch movies, now you are talking real inflation. 
    Someone who bought an iPad Pro to “read news and watch movies” is a bloomin’ idiot. There are WAY cheaper iPads for that.

    The “Pro” moniker is meant to suggest that a) you have a clear idea of what you’re going to do with it, and b) that you may be making money doing that thing you primarily do with it. See also “MacBook Pro” and “Mac Pro.”

    Much of the alleged price increase is being blamed on the move to OLED screens, which are indeed expensive. Stop by your local TV dealer and compare the price of OLED TVs to non-OLED TVs of the same size. And TVs are “just for watching” stuff.

    I haven’t done a survey, but I suspect that people willing to pay the higher-price of the iPad Pro compared to an Air or a regular iPad … wait for it … have a reason why they’re doing that.

    I certainly did, and mine has paid for itself several times over.
    watto_cobra
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