Apple's Upcoming MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and iPad Air Expected to Debut in March
Apple appears to be working on new device releases for the spring, weeks after its Vision Pro headset begins shipping and months before the company’s WWDC in June. Reports suggest that Apple is considering launching a new MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and iPad Air as early as March or April, with upgraded specs.
According to MacRumors, Apple’s new MacBook Air will be released with the M3 chip in both 13-inch and 15-inch variants simultaneously. This release would come less than a year after the first 15-inch MacBook Air was launched last June. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and 24-inch iMac released in 2023 all feature Apple’s latest M3 chip. It’s rumored a new iPad Pro coming this spring could also have the M3 processor.
The new iPad Pro is expected to have an OLED display, making it both thinner and more expensive than previous models. This would be the first iPad to feature OLED displays, which are already used on the latest iPhone and Apple Watch models. The OLED display will deliver an improved contrast ratio and extended battery life, compared to the iPad’s current LCD display, and result in a potentially lighter iPad Pro. OLED panels display true blacks and vibrant colors more efficiently than LCD and feature a faster response time for video games and action movies.
The new iPad Pro might also improve the iPad’s ProMotion variable refresh rate spectrum from 24Hz-120Hz to 1Hz-120Hz. The iPhone 14 Pro and 15 Pro feature a variable refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz, which can save battery life when the screen displays static content or is set to always-on mode. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are expected to feature a redesigned, less prominent camera bump and to support MagSafe wireless charging.
A new iPad Air is also reportedly in development, potentially the first release since March 2022. The sixth-generation iPad Air might come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch variants and feature Apple’s M2 chip, a redesigned camera bump, and Wi-Fi 6E support.