Apple may update the iPad Pro, its top tablet model, in its first major hardware upgrade in nearly six years, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. He said Apple is working on a new Pro model for its popular tablet. A tablet with an upgraded processor, display, and camera. Apple is said to be planning to launch two new iPad Pro models next year, with successors featuring the M2 chip and OLED displays. The company also plans to launch a redesigned Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad Pro.
Gurman in the latest weekly newsletter state Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro models are known internally as the J717, J718, J720, and J721. Unlike last year’s iPad Pro models, Gurman said these models will feature OLED displays. The tablets will be available in 11-inch and 13-inch display sizes, the latter only slightly larger than the existing iPad Pro (2022) 12.9-inch model.
If the leaked information is accurate, these will also be the company’s first tablets to use smartphone display technology. OLED displays are better at displaying colors correctly than LCD panels and can also offer higher brightness levels. Apple is also working on redesigning its Magic Keyboard, giving the accessory a larger trackpad and making the combination of the two products look more like a laptop, Gurman wrote in his newsletter.
Meanwhile, the next-generation iPad models will feature a powerful new processor — the rumored Apple M3 chip — which is also expected to appear in the company’s next-generation computers and laptops, according to Gurman.
The Cupertino company is expected to use a next-generation 3nm chip, which should improve efficiency and performance compared to the 4nm M2 chip found in current-generation MacBook, iPad, and Mac models.
However, Gurman said enthusiasts may have to wait until the second half of 2024 before the company announces an iPad Pro with the M3 chip, claiming that Apple will announce minor updates to other tablets, such as the iPad Air or iPad mini — before the Pro models hit the market next year.