Analysts at Wedbush say Apple will unveil a new entry-level iPad, an iPad mini, and an iPad Pro at its “Spring Loaded” event tomorrow, along with “a few surprises”.
In a new note to investors, Wedbush analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe said the iPad will be the main focus of Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event, with new entry-level iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro models to be announced.
The 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will apparently receive “significant changes”, including the A14X chip and a “breakthrough” mini-LED display for the 12.9-inch model, allowing for better color performance, dimming capabilities, and higher contrast.
While the entry-level iPad and iPad mini will have “consistent pricing” compared to current models, the iPad Pro models will apparently have “modest price increases” over current versions.
While the new iPads will be the focus of the event, Wedbush believes there “could be some surprises”, including new iMacs with a range of color options, an updated Apple Pencil, and the long-awaited AirTags item trackers.
It is also expected that the third generation AirPods will be teased at the event, but will not launch immediately. The AirPods 3 are instead expected to be unveiled in a separate “early summer” virtual event, which could refer to WWDC, which starts on 7 June.
This could explain some of the uncertainty surrounding the launch of the third-generation AirPods, with some leaked images and reports claiming that the launch is imminent, while others say they won’t go into production until the third quarter of 2021. Nonetheless, it’s not clear why Apple would announce new AirPods but not launch them for several months, suppressing sales of the current model.