We could see a lot of upgrades coming to the iPad Pro 2024. The headline news? The high-end tablet could finally get an OLED Screen. And after a year of no updates, that would be hugely welcome addition.
Apple's premium iPad is already one of the best tablets out there, but with rumors claiming we'll see a new chipset, a bigger, brighter display and a revamped keyboard case, it could extend its lead. However, all of that hinges on if the price stays competitive, since Apple has been raising prices for its products across the board of late. And as we'll get to, costs could seriously rise if Apple release an iPad Pro OLED early next year.
Have a read of the latest rumors on the iPad Pro 2024 below, and keep checking back here for more updates as and when we get them.
iPad Pro 2024: Rumored release date and price
The new iPad Pro will almost certainly arrive in 2024 — with rumors pointing to a March Apple Event for its launch. This would coincide with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reporting that it could potentially launch alongside iPadOS 17.4 this coming March.
Previous reports suggest the rumored OLED iPad Pro could get a price hike. In fact, there's even been talk that the cost of a rejigged 13-inch iPad Pro model could potentially be as steep as $1,800. But a recent rumor suggests this price increase won't be as bad as feared, with Digitimes reporting the increase will be just around $160.
We probably won't have long to discover the final retail price, though, as other reports point to the iPad Pro OLED entering into mass production next February. If these stories are accurate, it will make the new iPad Pro the first ever Apple tablet to be treated to an OLED display — the most recent iPad Pro (2022) has to contend with an inferior, though still excellent mini-LED panel.
Sibling site Laptop Mag crunched the numbers and concluded that the way Apple has a reported 50% markup for producing its tablets to selling them, we could see OLED-equipped iPad Pros jump in price by some $500 to $700. Based on that, we would see prices of $1,500 and $1,800 for the 11- and 13-inch iPad Pro models, respectively.
This is before we factor in the cost of the Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which currently cost $349 and $129 (respectively). That pricing would put it on par with the best laptops and best MacBooks, but for now it's important to remember that these are just rumors.
iPad Pro 2024: Design and display
The biggest design change reportedly coming to the iPad Pro is an OLED display. This specific rumor has been making the rounds for a while but it seems it will finally happen in 2024. A March release is tipped for the new OLED iPad Pro in 2024, when 11 and 12-9-inch versions could launch.
OLED screen technology would be a significant improvement on the current mini-LED tech in the 12.9-inch model, with Gurman saying the panels should be “crisper and brighter” and “reproduce colors more accurately.” Gurman also claims the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will get bumped up to a 13-inch screen, a rumor we've heard from other sources too. The 11-inch tablet reportedly will not receive an increase in size. Display analyst Ross Young also made this claim back in January.
Since then, there has been talk that both new Pro models will be lighter due to OLED's inherently thin display tech. We've reported on the 11-inch version being 249.7 mm x 177. 5mm x 5.1 mm, while the larger unit could be 280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 6.0 mm.
The next iPad Pro could also sport a new glass body, which could contribute to any weight loss. Gurman previously said this change would be coming to the current iPad Pro that is one sale now, but it could be introduced with the iPad Pro 2024. Moving to a glass back could allow you to charge the upcoming iPad Pro wirelessly but also offer a form of reverse wireless charging.
iPad Pro 2024: Rumored specs
The iPad Pro 2024 will reportedly be powered by Apple's M3 chip. The M3 uses TSMC’s 3nm process, which brings big improvements in efficiency and speed. The current iPad Pro is no slouch with its M2 processor, but this could be a significant advance.
iPad Pro 2024: Magic Keyboard
Along with the iPad Pro, the Apple Magic Keyboard will also reportedly receive an update. According to Gurman, Apple plans to revamp the peripheral to make “the iPad Pro look even more like a laptop than the current setup” while adding a “larger trackpad."
The Bloomberg reporter didn’t go into more detail, but adding a larger trackpad to the iPad Pro would certainly be a welcome update. The Magic Keyboard’s trackpad is fairly responsive, but its small size can be a hindrance for those of us with larger hands.
iPad Pro 2024: Outlook
If the rumors are true, the iPad Pro 2024 seems poised to be the most significant update for the iPad lineup in years. Tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra sport gorgeous OLED panels, so it’d be great to see an iPad Pro utilize the same technology. Wireless charging would also be a welcome upgrade, as would the power the M3 chip could offer.
That’s all the information we have on the iPad Pro 2024 but check back on this page as and when the latest news and rumors surface.
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Tony is a computing writer at Tom’s Guide covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on X/Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues. His work has appeared in publications such as Laptop Mag, PC Mag, and various independent gaming sites.