Apple may update its entire iPad product line next year
Apple had initially intended to release upgraded versions of the iPad mini, iPad Air, and the entry-level iPad this year, yet the plans were recalibrated, pivoting instead to the launch of the 14/16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the M3 series chips. Although rumors circulated that a new iPad mini would soon follow, it ultimately remained absent.
According to a report by Wccftech, analysts suggest that Apple plans to refresh its entire iPad lineup next year, including the iPad Air 6, iPad mini 7, and the 11-inch iPad, along with the highly anticipated OLED iPad Pro model, promising substantial revisions.
This strategy may be linked to Apple’s recent earnings report, which indicated that iPad revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2023 fell to $6.443 billion from $7.174 billion in the same period last year, a decline of 10%—the most significant decrease among its hardware segments. The year 2023 marked the first since the iPad’s introduction in 2010 that did not see a new model, making it the longest interval between iPad upgrades. With iPad sales falling short of expectations and delays in product development, these unfavorable factors have compelled Apple to take swift action.
Rumors suggest that the iPad mini 7 may feature Apple’s A17 Bionic chip, while the iPad Air 6 could include the M2 chip. As for the OLED iPad Pro, it is expected to be equipped with the newly released next-generation M3 chip. The iPad Air 6, iPad mini 7, and the 11-inch iPad are rumored to launch in spring, whereas the OLED iPad Pro is anticipated to be unveiled at next year’s WWDC.