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New wave of iPads expected in late March hardware releases

12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple's OLED update for the iPad Pro and M3 MacBook Air models are being manufactured ready for a release at the end of March, a report claims.

Major changes are expected for the iPad lineup as part of its 2024 updates, after not receiveing a single change in 2023. Those changes could arrive within a few months, with an end-of-March hardware launch speculated to occur.

In Sunday's "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman expects that the iPad Pro, iPad Air, a larger iPad Air, and M3 versions of the 13-inch MacBook Air and 15-inch MacBook Air are on the way.

A source told him that the models are "likely to come out around the end of March." The same source also said the iPad Pro updates and the 13-inch MacBook Air are "already deep in production overseas."

Along with the main hardware, the first beta of iOS 17.4 apparently includes clues of accessories that will arrive at the same time, including Magic Keyboards and Apple Pencils. Furthermore, there is the claim that the iPad Pros could benefit from a landscape Face ID camera.

The rumor is fairly believable, given previous reporting on Apple's hardware changes, such as the M3 iPad Pro's probability of a price rise and a new version of the iPad Air with a larger display.

There's also Apple's tendency to launch new hardware in March, which fits in with the report's timing for launch.