According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to launch refreshed versions of the iPad Air and iPad Pro in 2024. In a new Medium blog post, Kuo claims that Apple will release a new 12.9-inch iPad Air model alongside the regular 10.9-inch model for the first time. According to the analyst, the upgraded iPad Pro models will feature the company’s new M3 chip and sport OLED displays. Apple may also launch new iPad mini and 11th-generation iPad models next year.
According to Kuo, Apple is planning to launch A 10.9-inch iPad Air model will arrive in the first quarter of 2024, along with a new 12.9-inch model. It will be equipped with the same Liquid Retina display as the smaller iPad Air, but will offer better performance due to the oxide backplane (a combination of thin film transistors (TFT) and the substrate used for the display), which is also used. Apple’s current generation iPad Pro models with mini-LED displays.
The analyst says Apple will also launch two new iPad Pro models that will ditch mini-LED displays for OLED screens between the first and second quarters of 2024. These models are expected to feature a new form factor and be powered by Apple’s latest M3 chip – offering better display quality and power efficiency than the existing iPad Pro models. A market research firm recently predicted that the larger iPad Pro model would feature a slightly larger 13-inch display.
Kuo predicted that Apple will ship approximately 6 to 8 million iPad Pro models in 2024, attributing the lower shipment prediction to a potential price increase due to the addition of OLED screens. Meanwhile, the larger iPad Pro model may also face competition from the company’s reported 12.9-inch iPad Air model.
In the second half of 2024, Apple may launch a new iPad mini model, while the company is also expected to launch a refreshed 11th-generation iPad, while production of the 9th-generation model – the last model to feature a Lightning port – will eventually end. According to Hoga Kuo, it will be phased out by the end of the year.
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