Spring Surprises: Apple’s Potential New Releases in March

As the spring holiday approaches, most manufacturers are unlikely to launch new products until a wave of releases hits in February and March. If you’re planning to purchase an iPad this year, you might want to keep an eye out for Apple’s potential spring releases, rumored to be announced around the end of March.

This prediction comes from renowned Apple product leaker Mark Gurman. Apple has indeed historically updated its products around March, and this year’s spring highlight is expected to be the 12.9-inch iPad Air. Apple’s current strategy favors offering products in both large and small sizes. Presently, the iPad Air is only available in an 11-inch model, leaving room for a larger iPad Air to be introduced. The new 12.9-inch iPad Air, presumably an enlarged version, is not likely to feature significant design changes. Its main upgrades would be an increased screen size and internal improvements, including an M2 chip and a power button with fingerprint recognition instead of the Face ID found in the iPad Pro.

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Additionally, the 11-inch iPad Air is also expected to be upgraded to the M2 chip. If all goes as anticipated, Apple might also unveil an updated iPad Pro with an M3 chip. However, there will likely be no change in appearance (the current design dates back to 2018). It’s rumored that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will switch to an OLED panel, replacing the existing mini LED-backlit LCD screen for enhanced HDR display quality. More significantly, the LTPO panel would offer a smart refresh rate range from 1Hz to 120Hz, improving the new iPad Pro’s battery life.

Finally, Apple is also anticipated to update the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models, primarily upgrading them to the M3 chip. These updates are expected to be routine refreshes without major functional changes. Despite a significant drop in Mac sales, Apple seems unable to offer stronger Mac products and might be focusing more on the Vision Pro. This spring’s new product announcement could also include details about the Vision Pro’s availability in more countries and regions.