New iPad Pro and Air: Apple Leak Suggests OLED and Larger Screens

Key Takeaways

  • Apple's upcoming iPad Pro and iPad Air launch in May will feature OLED displays and new tech enhancements.
  • Enhanced iPad models aim to rejuvenate sales with faster chips and updated accessories amidst a tablet market slump.
  • New iPad Pro codenames and the M3 Chip introduction are timed with Apple's WWDC event for a strategic release.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is expected to release the latest series of iPad Pros in May.

The much-anticipated launch will be the first iPad update in almost two years. The line-up is set to contain OLED displays and an iPad Air equipped with a 12.9-inch screen for a first-time offering.

The Cupertino-based tech behemoth refused to be drawn on speculation regarding the new products but it is said to have overseas suppliers in overdrive, working hard to meet the required volumes of stock for the launch.

Bloomberg sources indicated consumers should expect to see upscaled, improved editions of the iPad Pro and iPad Air rather than something completely new. Apple strives for strong returns following a downturn in demand for tablets. iPad sales have slumped in the company’s previous two financial years.

The company is reportedly banking on interest in the latest models, including faster chips, to be the catalyst to kickstart the device market.

J717, J718, J720, and J721 are the codenames for the new iPad Pro models, which will be powered by the new M3 Chip and complemented by an updated version of the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

The rollout of the new range was due for an earlier arrival. Still, complications with the software on the devices are said to have contributed to a slight delay and specific manufacturing requirements for the screens.

Regarding Apple’s calendar, a late April or early May launch would be a good fit, considering the upcoming World Wide Developers Conference. WWDC will take place on June 10-14. This event will be the launchpad for several software updates for Apple products and a new flagship artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.