iPad Pro 2024 brings significant upgrades, launching in late March or early April

UPDATE: 03/22/2024 05:00 EST BY SANUJ BHATIA

Article updated with new information about the OLED displays on the upcoming 2024 iPad Pro.

Key learning points

  • New OLED displays bring vibrant colors and a larger size to the 2024 iPad Pro models for a better user experience. Matte screen option may also be available.

  • A thinner design, landscape front camera and laptop-like Magic Keyboard make the new iPad Pro sleeker and better.

  • Updated Magic Keyboard with larger trackpad and possible function keys expected for a better iPad Pro experience.

Since its redesign in 2018, the iPad Pro hasn’t undergone much change. Yes, there have been meaningful updates to the camera hardware, processor, display, and even input/output hardware. But the overall design has remained largely unchanged over the past five years. In 2024, however, the iPad Pro range could break this pattern of small upgrades with three major improvements. Here, let’s take a look at the upgrades for the 2024 iPad Pro, which according to a reliable reporter will be released in late March or early April. Mark Gurman.

1. New OLED screens for iPad Pro 2024

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If you look at the iPad Pro lineup today, the 11-inch iPad Pro still uses the same Liquid Retina LED display that was introduced with the 2018 redesign, with a typical brightness of 600 nits and a refresh rate of 120 Hz thanks to Pro Motion. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro had a similar panel until 2021, when it switched to mini-LED, with higher brightness for HDR workflows (typical brightness remains 600 nits) and a better viewing experience.

So if you look at the lineup, there is currently a gap between the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, but in 2024, with a shift to OLED panels, Apple will bring the two models back on par . We’ve been seeing OLED technology on iPhones since 2017, when Apple launched the iPhone

For those who use their iPads for creative workflows, this will bring a huge upgrade as the increased color contrast will improve the user experience. Moreover, viewing content also becomes more enjoyable for casual users. The move to OLED will also lead to slightly larger 11.1-inch and 13-inch screens.

In addition, new information from the Weibo leaker “Instant Digital” (via MacRumors) Apple plans to offer the new iPad Pro models with a matte display. The matte screen will reportedly have -4° to +29° haze and blue light filter technology to protect the user’s eyes. The leaker also reiterated that the bezels of the upcoming iPad models will be 10% to 15% thinner than the current version.

2. Slim and improved design

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According to the leaked CAD renders, Apple’s 2024 iPad Pro will be significantly thinner compared to the previous models. The current 11-inch variant is 5.9mm thick, while the new model is expected to decrease to 5.1mm. Similarly, the upcoming 12.9-inch model could see a reduction from 6.4mm to 5.0mm. Other rumors include the possibility that the new models will have a landscape front-facing camera like the 10th iPad, which is a more suitable placement for video calls.

3. Updated Magic Keyboard for 2024 iPad Pro

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Another essential part of the iPad Pro experience is its accessories. And it looks like the Magic Keyboard is getting its first update since its introduction in 2020.

It’s reported that the redesign will bring changes that will make the iPad Pro and keyboard combination look more like a laptop, and will also allow for a larger trackpad to be designed into the Magic Keyboard’s body.

I’ve been using the Magic Keyboard with my 2018 iPad Pro for over a year now, and while the trackpad is usable (due to the great tracking and even clicking surface) the size feels rather comical when I switch back to my iPad from my MacBook to to write on the go. So I’m sure the larger size is something that all future buyers will greatly appreciate.

I also hope that Apple can add a row of function keys to the Magic Keyboard. They’ve done it on the Magic Keyboard Folio, making it one of the best keyboards for the iPad (10th generation)and it’s time the iPad Pro gets the same treatment.

4. New Apple Pencil appears alongside the 2024 iPad Pro

Apple is expected to launch a new Apple Pencil in addition to the 2024 iPad Pro models. The current second-generation Apple Pencil is due for an upgrade, and the new version is rumored to offer a new design, a glossy finish, and a better, deeper magnetic tip. There are also speculations about the new Apple Pencil supporting color sampling capabilities, although details are uncertain at this time.

5. Next generation M3 processor for even better performance

The final upgrade detailed in Mark Gurman’s report is a shift to next-generation M3 processors from the current M2. Of all the rumored upgrades coming to the 2024 iPad Pro, this is the most likely change to happen.

The improvements the M3 processor will offer stem from TSMC’s shift to a 3-nanometer manufacturing technology – from the 5-nanometer manufacturing used for the M1 and M2 processors. The new technique will help increase the transistor density of the processor, increasing the board’s performance and increasing efficiency. As for estimates, there are rumors that a 35 percent efficiency upgrade is planned. So if the M3 processor makes its way to the 2024 iPad Pro, we might finally see the 10-hour barrier broken.

Arrival at the end of March/beginning of April

The same leaker shared details about the 2024 iPad Pro with a matte display option and also mentioned a release date of March 26, 2024. However, prominent Apple insider Mark Gurman has refuted this claim, suggesting the iPads won’t be unveiled on that date. While there is still a possibility that the iPads will launch in March, early April seems more likely.

According to the report, the company is reportedly planning a special iPadOS 17.4 update for the new iPads. Don’t expect a special launch event for the new models, though. Apple is expected to announce the new iPads directly through the newsroom, similar to the M3 MacBook Air editioninstead of organizing a separate event.

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