New iPad Rumored to Launch Later This Year is Something of a Mystery

Apple may be planning to release a new iPad with a 12.9-inch mini-LED display in the fourth quarter of 2024, according to information shared on X this week by Ross Young, CEO of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants.

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Exactly which iPad model this might end up being is something of a mystery still, as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is rumored to switch from a mini-LED display to an OLED display next month, and Young no longer expects the 12.9-inch iPad Air to be equipped with a mini-LED display either. As such, it is unclear if the model he expects later this year will be branded as an iPad Pro, an iPad Air, or an all-new model in the lineup.

Young has a pretty good track record with display-related rumors for future Apple products, but not all devices he has mentioned have ended up launching.

Apple is widely expected to announce new iPad Pro and iPad Air models during its "Let Loose" event on Tuesday, May 7, along with updated Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard accessories for iPads. The event should bring some clarity to the iPad lineup, which hasn't been updated in over 18 months, but we might have to wait until later in the year to learn more about this 12.9-inch mini-LED model in particular.

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