11.1-inch iPad Pro supply shortage might push back launch


2024 OLED iPad Pro mockup
It could be hard to get your hands on the 11.1-inch iPad Pro at launch.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple will soon debut the M3 iPad Pros with OLED screens, but perhaps not as soon as many had hoped. And a new leak indicates the smaller 11.1-inch model could be in short supply at launch.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro apparently won’t have any supply issues.

Apple to soon get a second OLED iPad Pro supplier

Apple’s upcoming M3 iPad Pros will allegedly use 11.1-inch and 12.9-inch OLED displays. This would be a big upgrade from the current models’ LCD and mini LED panels.

Display analyst Ross Young, in an X post, claims the 11.1-inch iPad Pro’s panel production is significantly behind the 12.9-inch model. Samsung Display is currently the sole supplier of the screen. LG Display will start production of the 11.1-inch OLED panels later this month, which should ease supply issues.

So, the 11.1-inch iPad Pro might be in short supply initially, but its availability should improve in the following weeks. LG is already the secondary supplier of 12.9-inch OLED screens for Apple, so the bigger iPad Pro should have better availability at launch.

M3 iPad Pro might not start shipping before April

Previous reports indicate Apple could launch the M3 iPad Pro in late March or early April. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman recently reaffirmed this, stating, “Apple is preparing to launch revamped iPad Pros, new iPad Airs (including a 12.9-inch version), a Magic Keyboard and upgraded Apple Pencil. Look for that new hardware around the end of March or in April.”

Apart from an OLED screen, a faster M3 chip, and a thinner chassis, Apple’s 2024 iPad Pro lineup is unlikely to sport other significant changes. We wish Apple would improve the battery life or add extra ports to the tablet, but the chances appear slim.

Alongside new M3 iPad Pros, Apple will purportedly also refresh its iPad Air lineup. Besides an internal spec bump, the company will add a 12.9-inch iPad Air to the lineup, whose design recently leaked in CAD renders. A new revamped Magic Keyboard should debut alongside the new tablets with an aluminum casing.


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