Apple's New iPad Pro Gets OLED Display and M3 Chip, Launch Expected in May

Tech giant Apple is gearing up to launch new iPad models, specifically upgraded versions of the iPad Pro and iPad Air, according to a report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The launch is anticipated for early May, following a slight delay from the initially planned March or April release window.

Significant Upgrades for the iPad Pro:

The iPad Pro is set for a major makeover, boasting an all-new OLED screen, a sleek redesigned look, and the powerful M3 chip. It will also come with revamped versions of the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, marking the first significant overhaul for these accessories since 2018. These upgrades solidify the iPad Pro's position as Apple's top-tier tablet offering.

Improved Performance for the iPad Air:

New iPad Air and iPad Pro
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The iPad Air, last updated in 2022, will receive a processor upgrade, offering a performance boost. It will also be available in both 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes, providing users with a choice between portability and screen real estate at a more affordable price point compared to the iPad Pro.

Software Delays and Rekindling Tablet Demand:

Gurman reports that Apple pushed back the launch date due to finalizing the software and overcoming complexities in screen manufacturing. These new models, featuring faster processors and redesigned accessories, aim to reignite consumer interest in tablets after a year and a half since the last iPad update.

Upcoming Software Unveiling at WWDC:

The early May release precedes Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) scheduled for June 10th. At WWDC, Apple is expected to unveil upcoming software updates for various platforms, including iPadOS 18, macOS 18, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and the highly anticipated Vision Pro headset.