The MacRumors Show: Apple's iPad Event Finally Announced!

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the announcement of Apple's upcoming "Let loose" event, where the company is widely expected to announce new iPad models and accessories.

Apple's event invite shows an artistic render of an Apple Pencil, suggesting that iPads will be a focus of the event. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also alluded to the Apple Pencil in relation to the event and a series of promotional Apple logos appear to hint at upcoming illustration capabilities. Apple has not released any new iPads since October 2022, so this event has been a long time coming.

Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, along with updated ‌Apple Pencil‌ and Magic Keyboard accessories. Here is everything that has been rumored:

Apple's upcoming special event will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time), with a live stream to be available on and on YouTube as usual. The event invitation does not mention an in-person component, with Apple inviting the media to watch online alongside the general public. It will take place just over a month before Apple's annual developers conference WWDC, which runs from June 10 through June 14.

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vegetassj4 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Apple today announced i ('')Pad and iPad Pro, featuring an industry-first hypercolor-infused back glass with a stunning, textured matte finish, and a new contoured edge on the titanium enclosure. Both models feature the new Dynamic Archipelago, and an advanced camera system designed to help users take fantastic photos of everyday moments in their lives. A powerful 49MP Main camera enables super-duper-high-resolution photos and a new 2x Telephoto option to give users a total of three optical zoom levels — like having a third camera. The iPap lineup also introduces the next generation of pencils, making it easier to scribble cat drawings with great detail and paper-like performance. Building on Apple’s innovative satellite infrastructure, Apple Drones via satellite can connect users to the App Store if they need the latest Candy Crush while off the grid. With M3 Mobile for powerful, proven performance; a Thunderbolt 4 connector; Precision AI for Siri; and industry-leading durability features, iPad and iPad Pro represent a huge leap forward.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GREEN4U Avatar
4 weeks ago
I want to buy my wife an iPad for mother's day. She just gave birth to our first baby in Feb and she's done an amazing job as a mother so far. The last time I bought her an iPad was 8 years ago (16gb iPad mini) and she used it every day until it died a couple years ago. Which one should I get her?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jackorias Avatar
4 weeks ago
Might be tempted by one of the new iPad Airs - or an iPad mini if they decide to release a new one. Be a nice mid-ground between my iPhone and MBA for content consumption.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
barabba9174-bis Avatar
4 weeks ago
The Independent said there's an event in London (maybe they are invited? they are based in London) and they said that's the reason of the early time. "Apple will stream the launch as a live video around the world, but it will be accompanied by an event in London, which may explain the unusually early launch. The company has almost held its launches at its home in California, and holding it in the UK represents a break with tradition."
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erikkfi Avatar
4 weeks ago

Time for me to replace my first gen iPad Pro (that had a crack in the screen)
Same here. In every way, this upgrade is going to be insane. It really pays to hold off as long as you can rather than taking upgrades year by year.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Harry Haller Avatar
4 weeks ago

I want to buy my wife an iPad for mother's day. She just gave birth to our first baby in Feb and she's done an amazing job as a mother so far. The last time I bought her an iPad was 8 years ago (16gb iPad mini) and she used it every day until it died a couple years ago. Which one should I get her?
The one she wants.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)