Changing the displays
The iPad Pro was last updated in October 2022, when the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models received the Apple M2 processor. According to rumors, these screens will be replaced in 2024, when the subsequent models are expected to debut.
This was disclosed by display analyst Ross Young to MacRumors (opens in new tab). First, the current iPad Pros’ IPS LCD LED (11-inch) and IPS LCD mini-LED (12.9-inch) displays will reportedly be replaced with OLED displays, just like the flagship iPhones.
This should result in screens with even greater contrast and deeper blacks than the current iPad Pro lineup, which is already impressive. There have been rumors for some time that Apple will switch to OLED for its iPads.
Young states that there will also be a change in the display sizes. The 11-inch iPad Pro will become the 11.1-inch iPad Pro, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will become the 13-inch iPad Pro – not a significant difference, but one worth noting nonetheless.
Apple may be able to reduce the width of the bezels on these two premium iPads, allowing the overall size of the devices to remain the same while the displays grow slightly. OLED panels can make devices thinner and lighter.
In addition, despite earlier rumors that Apple was developing a supersized iPad Pro, Young claims that this product is no longer in the works. At least for the next generation, it appears Apple will stick with the two sizes we’ve discussed.
Enhancing the Pro-ness of the iPad Pros
Keep in mind that the entry-level iPad ($449 / £499 / AU$749) performs essentially the same functions as the more expensive iPads.
Once the transition to OLED is complete, this will be an additional differentiator that helps to justify the high price of iPad Pro models. Uncertainty remains as to whether these slates will cost the same, but we assume that’s what Apple will aim for.
The change in size is less interesting, but Apple will continue to offer a large iPad Pro. In addition to providing more screen space, it gives buyers a reason to consider a more expensive tablet over the iPad Air.
Considering that these updated tablets are rumored to be released in 2024, Apple may not release any new tablets in 2023. This may give its competitors time to catch up, but it also suggests that the performance of the new iPad Pros will be significantly enhanced when they are released.