New M3 iPad Pros with OLED screens predicted to drop in the spring 2024

The next iPad Pro could launch in the spring of 2024, ditching the current LCD IPS screen for the more sophisticated OLED display technology.

11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro laid flat on a desk with screens facing up
The next iPad Pro should adopt OLED | Image: Daniel Romero/Unsplash
  • What’s happening? Apple will most likely release new iPad Pro models with OLED screens and upcoming M3 chips sometime in the spring of 2024.
  • Why care? The M3 will boost speed, and OLED will bring sharper images. But will iPadOS evolve enough to take advantage of the iPad’s processing power?
  • What to do? Read the full report on Bloomberg.

When will an M3 iPad Pro launch?

Mark Gurman laid out his expectations for upcoming Mac launches throughout 2023 in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter on Bloomberg. In short, the reporter expects two new M3-powered iMac all-in-ones to drop later this year.

Gurman added that Apple’s upcoming M3 silicon should also make its way into new iPad Pros that he expects to launch sometime during the first half of 2024.

“The M3 chip will also land in a revamped iPad Pro with OLED screens that I’m told is scheduled for the first half of 2024,” the newsletter reads. OLED technology will enable higher resolutions, better contrast, more vibrant colors and deep blacks.

Gurman’s earlier reporting suggested that Apple could be experimenting with larger iPad Pro sizes beyond the current 11 and 12.9-inch models.

The fifth-generation model iPad Pro launched in April 2021, giving you a reasonable estimate of when an M3, OLED-equipped models might arrive. The iPad Pro was Apple’s first tablet to swap A-series iPhone chips for a new desktop-class M1 chip.

All this power, and for what?

Closeup showcasing the end of Apple Pencil with branding, with a blurred iPad Pro in the background
The Apple Pencil stylus was last updated in 2018 | Image: Daniel Korpai/Unsplash

The current sixth-generation iPad Pro is a specs upgrade, featuring an M2 chip, mini-LED backlight, ProRes video recording support and an Apple Pencil hover feature. Unfortunately, although the iPad Pro runs an excessively powerful processor, its true potential remains unfulfilled because of the limitations of iPadOS.

That could change, however, as Apple is rumored to be working on a macOS version for the iPad Pro. At the same time, Apple is understood to be working on its first touchscreen Mac that could launch in 2025. For what it’s worth, Gurman mentioned in the newsletter that “even more exciting Mac upgrades will come as early as 2025.”