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Apple Prepares Major March Event: M3 Macs & Updated iPads


Apple is gearing up for significant hardware releases in early 2024, as forecasted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in the Power On newsletter. Gurman anticipates the launch of the next-generation iPad Pro and iPad Air in March, with each line expected to feature two sizes. Additionally, Apple is set to introduce the new M3-powered MacBook Air. However, the Mac Studio and Mac Pro are likely to be fashionably late to the M3 party, with Gurman suggesting that these models won’t be ready for release until at least the end of 2024, possibly extending into 2025.

To streamline choices for consumers and reduce confusion, Apple is reportedly planning to provide clearer distinctions between its new iPad models. The iPad Pro is poised to receive Apple’s latest M3 chip, an OLED display, and will be available in two sizes: 11 and 13 inches. Additionally, a new Magic Keyboard exclusively designed for the Pro is in the pipeline. On the other hand, the iPad Air will offer a 10.9-inch version and a new 12.9-inch option, featuring the M2 chip. These changes aim to highlight the differences between high-end, midrange, and standard iPads, simplifying the decision-making process for consumers.

Regarding the M3 MacBook Air, Gurman predicts a likely release in March, offering the usual 13- and 15-inch configurations. This release may coincide with the discontinuation of the 2020 M1 MacBook Air. However, the higher-end models, namely the Mac Studio and Mac Pro, are expected to be the last to receive the M3 upgrade.

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