Apple is planning on launching refreshed variations of the iPad Air and iPad Professional in 2024, in response to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a brand new Medium weblog publish, 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 Professional fashions will characteristic the corporate’s new M3 chip and sport OLED shows, in response to the analyst. Apple might additionally launch new iPad mini and eleventh era iPad fashions subsequent 12 months.
Based on Kuo, Apple is planning to launch a ten.9-inch iPad Air mannequin within the first quarter of 2024, that shall be accompanied by a brand new 12.9-inch mannequin. Will probably be outfitted with the identical Liquid Retina show because the smaller iPad Air, however will provide higher efficiency because of an oxide backplane (the mix of the skinny movie transistor (TFT) and the substrate used for the show) that can be used on Apple’s current-generation iPad Professional fashions with Mini-LED shows.
The analyst states that Apple may also launch two new iPad Professional 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 shall be powered by Apple’s newest M3 chip — providing higher show high quality and energy effectivity in comparison with present iPad Professional fashions. A market analysis agency lately predicted that the bigger iPad Professional mannequin will sport a barely bigger 13-inch show.
Kuo predicts that Apple will ship round 6 to eight million iPad Professional fashions in 2024, attributing the prediction for decrease shipments to a doable value hike as a result of addition of OLED screens. In the meantime, the bigger iPad Professional mannequin might additionally face competitors from the corporate’s purported 12.9-inch iPad Air mannequin.
Within the second half of 2024, Apple might launch a brand new iPad mini mannequin, whereas the corporate can be anticipated to launch a refreshed eleventh era iPad, whereas manufacturing of the ninth Gen mannequin — the final one to characteristic a Lightning port — shall be lastly phased out by the tip of the 12 months, in response to Kuo.