Apple: no iPad in sight for 2023, but a folding model next year?

After having taken a step ahead of the competition by integrating its M2 chips into its iPad Pro (and M1 on the iPad Air), Apple would take a little rest in 2023. In any case, this is what the famous analyst Ming Chi Kuo, often well informed about the Apple.

In a series of tweets, Ming Chi Kuo indeed explained that no new iPad should be released within “9 to 12 months ahead”. It would therefore be a blank year in tablets for the firm, which will however have a lot to do with the iPhone 15.

A more complicated 2023

According to him, Apple expects a more complicated year in this specific market, and forecasts a drop in slate sales of 10 to 15% compared to 2022. A decline linked to the absence of new products.

We will probably have to wait until 2024 to discover the new iPad Pro.

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The iPad Mini 7 was expected in 2023, but its development would have been delayed, and we should discover it in the first quarter of next year. It could also be accompanied by a new iPad Pro, logically equipped with an M3 chip.

These new OLED screen models would see their diagonal increase, going from 11 to 11.1 inches for the first, and from 12.9 to 13.1 inches for the second. An article by The Information also mentioned a 16-inch version: capable of matching the MacBook Pro, it would be designed for artists and creatives.

A folding iPad to create craze

Ming Chi Kuo also specifies that sales could benefit from the general enthusiasm for a particularly innovative new product: the first folding iPad. To achieve this, Apple would collaborate with the company Anjie Technology, which would provide it with a kind of “carbon fiber kickstand” probably allowing it to be used as a computer.

A first for the brand, which should prepare a launch with great fanfare for the occasion. Alas, almost no product information has leaked so far. Once again, the choice of screen size will be essential in order to aim for minimal bulk when folded.

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