The final time Apple did any kind of replace to the iPad lineup was in October of 2022 (and the iPad Air was final up to date in March 2022). So, we’ve been in an iPad replace drought for over a yr, however this March might convey some iPad (and MacBook Air) fortune.
Within the newest version of his Energy On e-newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Burman reviews that Apple has gone into “deep” production with the subsequent technology of iPads and the MacBook Air to organize for a late March launch. Among the many bulletins this spring are prone to be a refresh to the present 10.9-inch iPad Air, a brand new bigger iPad Air, and a revamp of the iPad Execs.
Gurman’s new report is principally a repeat of a report he made back in December, although this report seems to be extra sure a couple of March timeframe. The final time Apple held a March occasion was in 2022, the place the M1 Extremely, Mac Studio, and Studio Show debuted, and the iPhone SE and iPad Air acquired updates.
In early December, analyst Ross Younger posted that 12.9-inch show panels for a bigger iPad Air had began transport. Each iPad Airs are anticipated to function an M2 chip. In the meantime, the iPad Professional is predicted to function new OLED shows, a brand new M3 chip, an up to date design, and a revamped Magic Keyboard.
Final Friday, MacRumors reported that the iOS 17.4 beta that was lately launched contains code that refers back to the Face ID setup in landscape more, which might imply that the front-facing digicam shall be on the lengthy edge just like the Tenth-gen iPad. Nonetheless, it’s unclear if this is applicable to simply the iPad Professional, simply the iPad Air, or each. Early final week, CAD renders appeared to point that the camera on the iPad Air will remain on the short edge.
As for the MacBook Air, the one anticipated change is that Apple will improve the chip from the M2 to the M3. Apple launched the M3 collection again in November with the iMac and MacBook Pro, so this improve is predicted, it was only a matter of when it could occur. Apple will nonetheless provide 13- and 15-inch fashions with no different design or specification expenses.
For extra data, try our rumor roundups for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and MacBook Air.