Apple may be readying a bigger iPad Air and iPad OLED

Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple oracle, spilled the beans, and brace yourselves – we might be getting a new 12.9-inch size for the iPad Air 6.

According to Kuo, who’s known for being spot-on with Apple predictions, the first quarter of 2024 is the time to mark on your calendars. That’s when mass production is supposedly kicking off for not one but two iPad Air models – a 10.9-inch and a larger 12.9-inch variant.

Now, let’s talk tech. The 12.9-inch model is getting a display upgrade with an oxide backplane, similar to the snazzy 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro. Translation: expect less power drain (hello, better battery life) and top-notch performance.

Hold your horses, though – Kuo’s staying tight-lipped on the new iPad Airs’ chipsets, but he’s spilling the tea on iPad Pros. Brace yourselves for an Apple M3 chipset inside the 2024 Pros. That’s some serious power under the hood.

But that’s not all. The Pros are supposedly making the switch to OLED tech from mini-LED. What does that mean for you? Better contrast and brightness control. Oh, and heads up – the price tag might climb a bit. Current models start at $799 / £899 / AU$1,399 for the 11-inch and $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,899 for the 12.9-inch.

When’s all this happening? Production for the Pros is slated to start in late Q1 or Q2 of 2024. And there’s more – a new iPad mini 7 is making an entrance in the second half of the year. And for those eyeing the entry-level iPad, an 11th-gen version is expected to hit production in the second half of 2024.