Apple seems poised to revamp the iPad Pro, although it’s unlikely the updated tablet will launch before next year.
The news came out Sunday, courtesy of Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who often sees fit when it comes to Apple-related news.
The tech giant’s iPad Pro hasn’t had a major update since 2018, and the company hopes the love for the high-end device will help boost a tablet market that Gurman says is “in deep trouble.” .”
The next-generation iPad Pro devices — rumored to be codenamed J717, J718, J720, and J721 — will be Apple’s first tablets to come with OLED displays, sources told Gurman. This is the same type of display that has been around since the introduction of the iPhone
The new iPad Pros will reportedly come in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes. The 11-inch model is already in the range, but a 13-inch display would mean a very slight increase over the current 12.9-inch offering.
And as you might expect, next year’s iPad Pro is also expected to get Apple’s forthcoming M3 chip.
Gurman’s sources also claim that Apple will release a revamped Magic Keyboard for the tablet. “The new accessory makes the iPad Pro look even more laptop-like than the current setup and features a larger trackpad,” the Bloomberg reporter said, adding that the introduction of a larger trackpad would address a complaint about the current Magic Keyboard , which was launched in 2020.
The new iPad Pro tablets are unlikely to launch until spring or early summer of 2024, and only minor updates are expected for the rest of the iPad range until then.
Although the tablet market may be in the doldrums after a surge in sales during the pandemic, Apple still leads the market with 37% of tablet shipments in the most recent quarter.
A major overhaul of the iPad Pro next year should help boost the company’s tablet sales. However, with many people using tablets as a second device after their phone, convincing people to spend big on an iPad could be a real challenge here during uncertain economic times.
If you’re on the hunt for a new tablet right now, Digital Trends has some advice on which iPad is best for you, and can also point you to some good Android devices if you’d rather stay away from Apple’s offerings.