Apple iPad Pro 7th Gen (2024) release date, price, specs, and must-know features

Enter 2024, the Year of the Dragon, according to a particular Far East calendar. Without going too deep into astrological stuff, the legendary, mythical and magical dragon is symbolic of authority, honor and dignity – and such it’ll be its year, so to speak.

What better time for the next generation of iPad Pro tablets to be born? The iPad Pro 7th Gen is coming in 2024 to blow us away with hardware and software updates, new features and a sleek design that screams Luxury and Raw Power and overall performance that brings “authority, honor and dignity” to mind... Dragon stuff!

The iPad Pro 7th Gen is long-awaited, both literally and figuratively, as 2023 was the first year that Apple didn’t present anything new on the tablet front. Right now (and up to the moment this year’s new iPad Pro hits the market), if tablet users want to get the iPad Pro, they’ll be buying the 2022 model, a.k.a. the iPad Pro 6th Gen.

Upon its launch in 2022, the iPad Pro 6th Gen lineup got the M2 treatment and introduced a couple of new features (e.g. hover detection), but nothing too crazy or bold, so people saw it as an incremental update at best.

The information on the next iteration of the iPad Pro is so far scarce, but things are shaping out nicely. We’re gathering every piece of information out there for the iPad Pro 7th Gen all in one place. Please note that we will be updating this page with all new information that comes up. So let's get right to it!

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Latest iPad Pro 2024 leaks (updated on January 3, 2024)

iPad Pro 2024 release date

According to none other than Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, you can expect Apple's iPad Pro 7th Gen in the end of March, 2024. Every 1-2 years, the iPad Pro is refreshed, with an average of about 1.5 years in between generations. Obviously, 2023 was the year that Apple didn't refresh not only the iPad Pro, but failed to present any other iPad, saving the tablet mania for 2024.

A year ago, in January 2023, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman confirmed that a new iPad Pro in 2023 is unlikely, with the successor to the current lineup expected no earlier than the first half of 2024. In August 2023 he again expressed his views on a possible release date, stating he is not expecting the next generation iPad Pro before the spring, or early summer, of 2024. In the end of October 2023, he once again confirmed that the iPad Pro models for 2024 are to be announced later in 2024, not in the early spring. Well, someone at Apple has been a busy little bee with the iPad production, given that now we're talking about a March announcement, not "later in 2024", as previously stated.

In the table below, you can see a detailed breakdown of the lineup's history.

iPad Pro 2024 price

Given just how far off the next iPad Pro is (more than three months), we cannot speculate as to what its price is going to be. We have seen a great deal of reluctance on Apple's part to increase the price of its Pro lineups in recent years (given the economic context), but this could very well change by 2024. For the time being, the only concrete information we have is Apple's current iPad Pro pricing, which the company did not change with the launch of the latest generation in 2022, which is as follows:

It should be noted that one of the main reasons why Apple did not increase the price of the iPad Pro (2022) is that the latter is largely an incremental update. The 2024 model could introduce some substantial (and costly) changes which could ultimately push Apple to make it more expensive. A supply chain report indicates a very substantial price increase of $700 (which would translate to a $1500 starting price for the smaller model, and a $1800 one for the bigger model) could be coming, but it should be taken with a bucket of salt at this point.

Fret not, though, as price rumors will shortly begin to pop up and we'll have the time to discuss them in length.

iPad Pro 2024 camera

The camera is seldom the focal point (pun intended) of an iPad release. Thus, it is only natural that, at this early stage, we know virtually nothing about the camera of the iPad Pro 2024. As soon as additional information surfaces, we will be adding it accordingly.

iPad Pro 2024 storage

Storage options are a rather sensitive subject when it comes to Apple products. Many have speculated for years that Apple will increase the base storage of its 'Pro' devices to 256GB, in order to better reflect the moniker. Currently, this seems rather unlikely. We expect the iPad Pro 2024 to come with the same storage options as the 2022 model. The current configurations are: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. Additionally, it is very likely that the 1TB and 2TB models come equipped with more RAM, as is the case at present. 

There's a wild rumor from the first days of September 2023 claiming that next year's iPad Pro tablets could offer a 4TB storage variant. Insane, right? Rumors suggest that Apple wants to position the 2024 iPad Pro as a laptop-like slate.

The company is apparently even planning a revamped aluminum Magic Keyboard with a bigger trackpad for the new lineup. It's possible that Apple could decide to increase the base storage to 256GB after the introduction of a 4TB model. After all, six storage options would be a bit too much, and besides, the 128GB model doesn't support ProRes video, so perhaps it's time to stop offering a 128GB variant.

iPad Pro 2024 design

Rumors about a potential iPad Pro design revamp have been circulating for a couple of years now. Many tipsters have claimed that we can (eventually) expect slimmer bezels, a glass back, a notch, and even the addition of the Dynamic Island - the possibilities are seemingly endless. 

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, in his Power On newsletter, was quite certain that Apple was planning to enlarge the logo on the back of the iPad Pro with the 2022 model, in order to allow the latter to facilitate wireless charging via MagSafe. Needless to say, that prediction did not materialize. However, Gurman has recently stated that we can expect the 2024 iPad Pro to arrive with an updated design, perhaps one featuring the aforementioned tweak. The model numbers for the 2024 iPad Pro, according to Gurman, will be J717, J718, J720 and J721.

In the first days of 2024, the glass back was brought back to the table by insiders. It's only logical for Apple to go with the glass back for the upcoming iPad Pro in order to support MagSafe wireless charging. This year's iPad Pro models could also support the new 15W Qi2 wireless chargers that third-party manufacturers are making. The MagSafe wireless charger will give iPad users slower wireless charging options besides the faster wired USB-C charging option.

iPad Pro 2024 display

The biggest letdown of the iPad Pro 2022 is the fact that the 11" model once again did not receive a Mini LED screen. This left the smaller version underwhelming to say the least and further narrowed the gap between the iPad Pro 11" and the iPad Air (2022). We have some bad news - the 11" iPad Pro will likely not be getting a Mini LED display in 2024 either. Luckily, it could receive something even better - it seems Apple might finally introduce one long-overdue upgrade to the iPad Pro lineup. 

As Mark Gurman puts it in one of his December 2023 articles, "the OLED screens show a wider range of colors and will give the company’s tablets the same display technology used in the iPhone since 2017". That's jolly good news.

Similar thoughts and predictions were shared by the display industry insider Ross Young in a tweet, who said the iPad Pro in 2024 may feature an OLED panel for the first time. This transition applies to both the 11" and 12.9" models. According to another leak, Apple is perfecting a 'hybrid' OLED technology precisely for its high-end iPads. Lastly, as usual, both Pro models will most likely come equipped with ProMotion (i.e. adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz). 

There are leaks that point to a possible increase in display size. Ross Young has confirmed to MacRumors that Apple is working on 11.1" and 13" iPad Pro models. This means that the 2024 models could be slightly bigger (by 0.1") than their predecessors. 

The OLED panels will also use thin film transistor (TFT) technology, and a hybrid OLED design made up of a glass plate and thin film layer. Those planning to buy one of the 2024 OLED iPad Pro tablets should enjoy wider viewing angles, vibrant colors, better energy efficiency, and lower latency. Overall, Bloomberg's Gurman calls them "crisper and brighter", and reproducing colors "more accurately".

Days before Halloween 2023, a wild rumor had it completely 180 degrees, claiming that 2024 iPad Pro models will use LCD displays, not OLED. A source said that Apple is putting the OLED makeover for its most premium tablet line on hold. Instead, Apple will no longer use the mini-LED backlighting for the larger-screened unit and both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will use LCD backlighting. Based on Apple's own naming system, the mini-LED screen was called the "Liquid Retina XDR display," while both displays will now reportedly feature the LCD-based "Liquid Retina Display."

Some days into November 2023, everything on the topic of next year's iPad Pro display turned 180 degrees again, this time ditching the LCD rumor in exchange for the much anticipated OLED screen. The latest insights we have so far, have it that LG and Samsung are recruited to manufacture the OLED displays for next year's iPad Pro models.

A report has it that Samsung and LG will produce some 10 million OLED panels for the upper-class tablet by Apple earlier than expected, starting in February 2024. The report says that each panel will cost Apple three times as much as the OLED panels used on the iPhone. 60% of the orders have gone to LG Display with the remaining 40% sent to Samsung Display.

Some forecast and hope that Apple might continue offering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2022) at a discount, but according to some rumors, Apple will just discontinue the 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro (2022) in 2024 after the new 13-inch model is announced.

iPad Pro 2024 battery

iPads are champions when it comes to battery life, and the iPad Pro 2024 is unlikely to be an exception. At the moment, however, we have absolutely no leaks concerning the battery specifications of the 2024 model. As soon as we have more information, it will be added accordingly. 

iPad Pro 2024 features and software

The iPad Pro 2024 will almost certainly be powered by a next-gen M3 chip: Mark Gurman is sure that this will be the case, so that just makes it easier for you to not speculate any further than that. Apple typically brings its new M chipsets firstly to the 13" MacBook Pro/MacBook Air, and then to the iPad Pro. Based on this pattern, it is very probable that the M3 iPad Pro will make its debut in early 2024. Lastly, the 2024 model will invariably be running the latest version of iPadOS as well. Currently, we're at iPadOS 17, announced during the annual WWDC 2023 event. There's information that the iPad Pro will come with the (also expected in March, 2024) iPadOS 17.4 out of the box.

On the accessories front, there are some positive news: a new Magic Keyboard is to be expected. The good news is that it will feature a larger trackpad, which is a relief, since the size of the trackpad on the current version of the accessory has been often criticized by users for being too small.

Should I wait for the iPad Pro 2024?

The addition of an OLED display seems very promising, but if you need an iPad now, we suggest you go ahead and buy one. 

The iPad Pro line refreshing is much needed over at Cupertino, since Apple's iPad business has cooled down sharply in the last two years. Back when the pandemic was roaming, everyone from the guy working at home to the kids taking classes at home needed a tablet to work and unwind. 

Consumers in the last 18 months just could not see the urgency to update their existing tablets, at least not as often as they do with their phones. Not to mention the introduction of foldable devices, which could get you that tablet experience (to an extent), which are reducing demand for the good old tablet. Not everything is so gloom, though: Apple still has a solid 37% market share and the iPad continues to be the top-selling tablet.

That's in contrast to the fact that the iPad revenue dropped 10% to $6.44 billion in the recent period. The Mac and iPad account for 15% of Apple’s revenue combined, and they’ve been particularly hard hit by a decline in consumer tech spending.

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