According to a prediction by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is preparing to launch new hardware in early 2024. The company is expected to release the next generation of iPad Pro and iPad Air in March, with each coming in two sizes. Additionally, the new M3 MacBook Airs are set to be released at the same time. However, it is expected that the Mac Studio and Mac Pro will not receive the M3 upgrade until at least the end of 2024, possibly even slipping into 2025.
Gurman also suggests that with the release of the new iPads, Apple is planning to make clearer distinctions between the models in order to reduce confusion for consumers. The iPad Pro is anticipated to feature Apple’s new M3 chip, an OLED display, and come in 11 and 13-inch sizes. Apple is also expected to release a new Magic Keyboard specifically for the Pro. On the other hand, the iPad Air will come in a 10.9-inch version and a new 12.9-inch option, and will use the M2 chip. These changes aim to make the differences between the high-end, midrange, and standard iPads more obvious for consumers.
In addition, Gurman predicts that the M3 MacBook Air will likely be released in March in the usual 13- and 15-inch configurations. It is also possible that Apple will discontinue the 2020 M1 MacBook Air at that time. The higher-end models, the Mac Studio and Mac Pro, are expected to be the last to receive the M3 upgrade.