Apple will doubtless launch new iPad Air, iPad Professional, and MacBook Air fashions “across the finish of March,” in response to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his Energy On e-newsletter at present, he stated manufacturing is properly underway for the brand new iPad Professional fashions and a brand new 13-inch MacBook Air at a minimal inside Apple’s provide chain in Asia.
Under, we reiterate Gurman’s expectations for the brand new iPads and Macs, together with different rumored options and adjustments for the units.
The following iPad Air is predicted to be obtainable with 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch show sizes.
Rumored and/or doubtless options for the subsequent iPad Air fashions embrace Apple’s M2 chip for quicker efficiency, a redesigned rear digital camera bump, Wi-Fi 6E assist, and Bluetooth 5.3. No main exterior design adjustments are anticipated.
The present fifth-generation iPad Air with the M1 chip was launched in March 2022.
The following 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Professional fashions are broadly anticipated to be the primary iPads geared up with OLED shows.
OLED expertise would allow the subsequent iPad Professional shows to supply elevated brightness, extra vivid colours, greater distinction ratio, decrease energy consumption, and different advantages in comparison with present fashions with LCD panels. Apple already makes use of OLED shows for the most recent iPhone and Apple Watch fashions, excluding the lower-end iPhone SE.
As a result of swap to OLED, the subsequent iPad Professional fashions are anticipated to be costlier.
iPad Professional fashions launched in 2017 and later assist ProMotion, permitting for a variable refresh price between 24Hz and 120Hz. OLED and LTPO show expertise would doubtless enable for the refresh price to drop down additional to 10Hz or decrease to avoid wasting battery life. iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 15 Professional fashions can attain as little as 1Hz whereas in always-on show mode.
Different rumored and/or doubtless options for the subsequent iPad Professional fashions embrace Apple’s newest M3 chip for quicker efficiency, MagSafe wi-fi charging, a redesigned Magic Keyboard with a bigger trackpad and an aluminum high casing, and a landscape-oriented entrance digital camera. There may additionally be rear digital camera design adjustments, like on the subsequent iPad Air fashions.
The present iPad Professional fashions with the M2 chip had been launched in October 2022.
Whereas the present 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air launched a yr aside resulting from manufacturing delays, the fashions ought to be up to date concurrently this March. The important thing new characteristic for the laptops shall be Apple’s newest M3 chip.
With the M3 chip, the subsequent MacBook Air fashions will acquire hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading for improved graphics rendering in video games, together with extra correct lighting, reflections, and shadows. Apple already up to date the 14-inch MacBook Professional, 16-inch MacBook Professional, and 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip final yr.
No main design adjustments are anticipated for the MacBook Air this yr, however the laptop computer will doubtless acquire assist for Wi-Fi 6E like different Macs.
Apple final up to date the 13-inch MacBook Air in July 2022, whereas the first-ever 15-inch MacBook Air was launched in June 2023.