iPad Pro M3 (2024): Release date rumors, news, OLED diplsay upgrade, and more

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The OLED iPad Pro is set to be one of the biggest changes the Pro line has seen in some time, and it's on the way sooner than you might think. 

The best iPads right now include some fantastic but slightly aging choices so, if you want to spend the full price on something very powerful, you may be better off waiting a little. Right now, the iPad Pro has the standard iPad screen and the, still incredibly fast, M2 processor. However, we expect the next set of processors to get even faster. 

Perhaps the most exciting new change is a new OLED screen, capable of running apps, videos, and more with even nicer colors. If you use your iPad to watch a lot of videos or create art, the next iPad Pro will likely be a great time to upgrade. 

Here's everything we know about the OLED iPad Pro right now, from the release date to the expected specs. 

2024 iPad Pro: The headlines

  • What is it? The next iPad Pro refresh with upgraded specs and an OLED display
  • When will it arrive? Current rumors suggest May 2024
  • Price? Price increase over M2 iPad Pro expected

2024 iPad Pro: Models

Just like recent iPad Pro models, the 2024 refresh is expected to come in two different sizes with various configuration options available for each.

The current expectations are that we will see 11- and 13-inch versions while both will also get Wi-Fi and cellular options, with Mark Gurman recently revealing four codenames for future models, indicating the two sizes and aforementioned Wi-Fi and Cellular configurations.

The sizes of the 2024 OLED iPad Pros will differ slightly from the previous generation, whether that means a larger display or just a slightly wider frame, we're not sure yet.

Beyond that, each model will likely also be offered in multiple storage configurations while Space Gray and Silver versions of each will be available for people who like to make sure their tablet matches their particular aesthetic.

Beyond extra connectivity options and more storage, all of the new iPad Pros will likely use the same M3 chip, although the exact configuration of that chip hasn't been confirmed yet.

Regulatory database leaks in early April seem to confirm that Apple indeed has four new iPads in store for the May release window, which would indicate two new iPad Pro models, the 11-inch and 13-inch models, as well as two iPad Air 6 sizes. 

In April, Apple's OLED iPad upgrade was confirmed along with the fact that there are four total models, 11- and 13-inches, with cellular and Wi-Fi options, in the code of iPadOS 17.5.

2024 iPad Pro: Release date and price expectations

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Release date

While it's often difficult to pin down release dates for Apple products, recent reports hint at a spring 2024 release with LG and Samsung working on the displays. A report from January by The Elec said production was imminent, so we fully expect a first-half of 2024 release for the OLED iPad Pros.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, reporting in late March, says that the new OLED iPad Pro and refreshed iPad Air tablets are now tipped for May and that manufacturing has started. 

As for the release format, while a March launch might have heralded an Apple event to show off the new hardware alongside a Mac or two, a May window so close to WWDC 2024 seems to preclude an event launch. As such a more muted press release launch seems likely. 

Most recently, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has narrowed down his launch window to a release on "the week of May 6." This comes after a one-month delay to the product. 

Price

As for pricing, rumors of iPhone 15 Pro price hikes suggest that Apple could bump the price of the iPad Pro as well. The 11-inch model currently starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch version starts at $1,099. Some rumors claim that Apple's new tablets could start at an eye-watering $1,500 due to the new display technology they will use. But that might well depend on the current global economic situation closer to release day. Other reports claim Apple could keep a similar price to the M2 iPad Pro models, and if that's the case, this would be a huge win for consumers.

Those starting prices will obviously increase as more storage is added to each model, while buyers of tablets equipped with cellular radios can expect to pay around $200 more.

While not going so far as to confirm that $1,500 price tag, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported in April that the iPad Pro "will likely come in at higher price points" because of the expected upgrades. 

2024 iPad Pro: Processor

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If everything goes according to the leaks we've seen to date, the new 2024 iPad Pros will ship with Apple's M3 chip inside. Those same chips power the new 2023 iMac and 14-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the new M3 MacBook Air. 

The M3 chips feature eight CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, just like the M2, and are built on a new 3nm manufacturing process from TSMC. This allows for improved performance, better thermals, and lower power usage. It also features hardware-accelerated ray-tracing for premium gaming performance. 

2024 iPad Pro: Design and display

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OLED Display

The 2024 iPad Pro refresh isn't expected to bring with it a huge change in the way the tablet looks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The tablet already has small borders and the bezels are only set to get a little thinner. But the display itself is set to undergo quite a revamp.

Rumors of new OLED iPad Pros have been around for months and the new displays could be the biggest change beyond that new M3 chip. The benefits of an OLED iPad Pro include improvements to battery life, potentially thinner and lighter tablets, and improved contrast and color reproduction. We might also see better viewing angles from this generation of iPad Pros as well, although the current models aren't particularly poor in that regard already.

The move to an OLED display won't affect negatively ProMotion, with the 120Hz variable refresh rate expected to stay. It may even be improved, with the new technology potentially allowing the display to refresh even more slowly, saving battery life as a result.

In April, iPadOS 17.5 code from the beta revealed that there is firmware present for OLED displays coming to four new iPads. 

Bezels and size

In March, a leaker reported that the new iPad will have the thinnest bezels of an iPad Pro ever, and that there would be new matte finish options alongside the current glossy version. This could reduce display glare and make the iPad feel more natural for artists and drawing when using the Apple Pencil. 

Interestingly, rumors claim that the 12.9-inch model will grow to 13 inches, but the 11-inch version isn't expected to get any larger. Leaked CAD files in March revealed exactly how big the new OLED iPad Pro will be. The new 11-inch model will measure a slightly larger 249.70mm x 177.51mm, compared to 247.6mm x 178.5mm for the current M2 model. Likewise, the larger model will be 281.5mm x 215.5 mm compared to 280.6mm x 214.9mm for the M2 version. 

2024 iPad Pro: Camera

Close-up shot of iPad P (2022) rear camera array.

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Apple's iPad Pro currently sports a dual-camera system on the rear featuring a 12MP wide lens and a 10MP Ultra wide camera. On the front, there's a 12MP TrueDepth camera for Portrait selfies, FaceTime, and videoconferencing. 

This year, Apple is expected to bring the design change from its entry-level tablet, the iPad 10, by placing the front-facing camera at the top of the iPad in landscape mode, rather than portrait. This move will lend itself more to using the iPad in landscape mode for calls just like a MacBook, rather than in portrait mode like an iPhone. It's a long-awaited change that makes the most sense for nearly all of Apple's larger iPads, especially the Pro. 

2024 iPad Pro: MagSafe

MagSafe charging is currently reserved for Apple's best iPhones. It's a magnetic charging array that lines up your charger perfectly with a MagSafe charging puck, dock, or battery back. This year, Apple could add MagSafe, or at least wireless charging, to the iPad Pro. Several years ago this was reported as a prospect for the 2022 iPad Pro. In December, it was reported that the M3 version could debut MagSafe in 2024. This would enable wireless charging at up to 15W via Apple's MagSafe puck, as well as Magnetic support for docks and iPad stands. 

2024 iPad Pro: RAM and Storage

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In terms of storage, new rumors claim that a whopping 4TB storage option could be added, doubling the current 2TB maximum. It isn't clear whether that will mean the loss of the base 128GB storage option to maintain a five-capacity lineup, however.

The extra storage could be a boon for creative people whose workflows use huge amounts of storage, although it's unlikely most people will need 4TB  in their iPad.

When it comes to RAM, rumors have been sparse. Most iPad Pros come with 8GB today, with that increasing to 16GB on the 1TB and 2TB models. We'd expect a similar split with the 2024 models as well.

2024 iPad Pro: Accessories

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It's highly likely that the 2024 iPad Pro will debut alongside the new Apple Pencil 3, as well as a new upgraded Magic Keyboard. 

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes that the new keyboard will make the iPad Pro more like a laptop than ever thanks to a new metal design. That change should make the new Magic Keyboard a much sturdier affair than the old one but Gurman says the exterior shell will retain the same cover material as the outgoing model.

The bad news? The Magic Keyboard is already expensive at $300, but Gurman believes there's a chance the new metal build could make the updated version even more costly.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

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