Apple is planning a major update to the iPad Pro next year. Apparently, a new Bloomberg report sheds new light on what to expect from the new iPad Pro, including an OLED display and a revamped Magic Keyboard.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter that these iPad Pro models will mark the first major update to the product since 2018. Since the current design language was introduced that year, the iPad Pro has undergone several small changes, but the overarching design remains the same.
Gurman believes there will be two new iPad Pro models, an 11-inch model and a 13-inch model. The larger model is currently 12.9 inches, which is similar to the existing lineup.
OLED screens will also be used on those displays. iPad Pro 12.9 uses mini-LEDs for its display, while iPad Pro 11 uses older LED backlighting. According to Gurman, the new iPad Pro models will feature displays that are “crisper, brighter, and reproduce colors more accurately.”
New iPad Pro models will also feature M3 chips. Apple is currently testing the devices with model identifiers J717, J718, J720, and J721. It is expected that the M3 chip will debut in new Macs later this year, but not in this iPad Pro update.
Gurman’s report stands out most to me because it mentions a new Magic Keyboard. Since 2020, the Magic Keyboard has remained the same for iPads. The iPad Pro now has a dedicated keyboard and trackpad with a cantilever mechanism that allows the iPad to “float” above the keyboard.
Using the “revamped Magic Keyboard,” Gurman claims that the iPad Pro will “look even more like a laptop than it does now.” The trackpad will be larger, he reports.
Bloomberg says the new iPad Pro models won’t debut until “spring or early summer” next year, and that no updates to the device are planned between now and then.