Apple's 2024 lineup: seven new iPads featuring the largest ever 12.9-inch iPad Air
iPad Air 2024 It's noteworthy that last year was the first since 2010 that no new iPad model was unveiled. However, this year promises a more prolific lineup. According to recent reports, as many as seven new iPad models are to be introduced within the next twelve months:
- iPad 11th generation (10.9 inches, A15 Bionic processor)
- iPad mini 7th generation (8.3 inches, A16 Bionic processor)
- iPad Air 6th generation (10.9 inches, M2 processor)
- Expanded iPad Air 1st generation (12.9 inches, M2 processor)
- iPad Pro 7th generation (11.1 inches, M3 processor)
- iPad Pro 7th generation (13 inches, M3 processor)
Renders of the new device were published on the 91Mobiles portal, including information stating an Apple M2 processor will power the upcoming iPad. Its unveiling is allegedly slated for the spring, corroborating earlier reports. The newer, larger iPad Air is expected to resemble the current and previous generations of iPads available on the market.
The most noticeable alteration is the revamped rear camera on a pill-shaped "island" — a design reminiscent of the iPhone X and XS. The new iPad Air aims to attract customers seeking a large tablet without needing advanced features like ProMotion (adaptive screen refresh rate) or LiDAR scanner. Hence, the iPad Air joins the ranks of MacBook Air and the standard iPhone models, complementing their Pro series variants that feature more advanced technologies.
Fresh rumors about this year's iPads
In his newsletter, Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman shared new details about this year's Apple tablet models. In addition to the two versions of iPad Air, Pro series models are also expected to debut, with their launch slated for March or April.
Along with its larger size and incorporation of an Apple M2 processor, the Air series is rumoured to support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. IPad Pro models are set to use OLED screens for the first time. Although their sizes remain constant, the new screen type could bump their price.
In addition to higher maximum brightness and better contrast ratio, the switch to OLED technology will also offer the option of using a lower minimum refresh rate, such as 10 Hz. IPads equipped with ProMotion tech have a minimum refresh rate of 24 Hz. The lessened energy consumption resulting from this shift will likely prolong battery life on a single charge.
Besides, the Pro models are slated to feature the new Apple M3 system alongside MagSafe wireless charging technology.