December 2, 2023

A brand new report corroborates a bigger iPad Air is within the works. This time, DigiTimes (by way of MacRumors), in its “Earlier than Going to Press” part, says Apple is growing a 12.9-inch iPad Air. Not like the iPad Professional, this bigger pill wouldn’t function a miniLED or OLED show however the identical LCD expertise out there on the present Air lineup.

That stated, this bigger iPad Air wouldn’t function ProMotion, an unique function of the iPad Professional fashions. DigiTimes believes Apple is growing newer fashions with 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch panels.

Right here’s what we all know concerning the upcoming iPad Air

Early this month, 9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito reported that Apple was engaged on not two however 4 totally different Air fashions. In response to the journalist, in addition to the common fashions recognized as J507 and J508 (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Mobile variations), Apple can also be engaged on bigger variations codenamed J537 and J538. He reported:

(…) Apple has additionally been engaged on different iPads recognized as J537 and J538 which are based mostly on the iPad Air. For example, the one iPad that presently has multiple model is the iPad Professional, because it is available in 11 and 12.9 inches, so there are two fashions for every model.

Particulars are imprecise at this level, however this implies that Apple could also be contemplating introducing a bigger model of the iPad Air, or a dearer mannequin with higher specs. After all, Apple’s plans could change and this second model of the brand new iPad Air could by no means see the sunshine of day.

Along with a bigger mannequin, rumors anticipate this pill to function the M2 chip and a few digicam upgrades. That stated, for the reason that present iPad Air begins at $599 and the iPad Professional at $799, that signifies that a bigger model of the Air would value a minimum of $699, however to not cannibalize its personal market, a pricier mannequin might imply that Apple may be planning to lift costs of the future iPad Professional.

At the moment, there’s a $300 distinction between the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Professional mannequin because of the miniLED show. With the subsequent technology anticipated to change to OLED, this might imply that Apple is planning to extend the value of the 11-inch mannequin.

However whereas it’s already arduous to justify an iPad Professional, a bigger iPad Air doesn’t seem like it might be definitely worth the worth. Personally, I feel Apple ought to fear about bettering the storage capability of the entry fashions moderately than bringing a bigger show.

That stated, Apple might announce these iPads between now and early 2024, though it’s extra doubtless that Cupertino will maintain these bulletins, alongside new M3 Macs, for early subsequent yr.