Apple, the tech giant known for its innovative products, has reportedly postponed the launch of its biggest-ever iPad, a 14-inch model, that was expected to debut this year. The reason behind this decision is said to be the switch to OLED displays for the upcoming tablet. However, Apple fans can still look forward to a new Magic Keyboard accessory that will feature a more premium and sturdy aluminium case.
Apple’s biggest-ever iPad put on hold
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who is known for his reliable insights on Apple products, the company has been working on a 14-inch iPad since 2021. This would have been the largest iPad ever, surpassing the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro by over an inch. Gurman claimed that Apple almost unveiled this iPad this year, but changed its plans due to the transition to OLED displays.
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode, a type of display technology that offers better contrast, brightness, and power efficiency than LCD screens. Apple already uses OLED displays for its iPhone models, but has not yet adopted them for its iPads. Instead, the company has been using mini-LED displays for its iPad Pro models, which are similar to OLED in terms of performance but use tiny LED backlights instead of organic materials.
Gurman suggested that Apple may have decided to skip the mini-LED stage and go directly to OLED for its bigger iPads, which could explain the delay in launching the 14-inch iPad. He also noted that Apple could still introduce this iPad in the future, as it aims to “blur the lines” between a tablet and a laptop.
New Magic Keyboard with aluminium case in the works
While the 14-inch iPad may not see the light of day anytime soon, Apple is reportedly working on a new Magic Keyboard accessory that will enhance the user experience of its existing iPads. The Magic Keyboard is a detachable keyboard and trackpad that connects to the iPad via magnets and allows it to function like a laptop. It also features a USB-C port and a hinge that enables adjustable viewing angles.
Gurman revealed that the new Magic Keyboard will have a top case made from aluminium, instead of plastic as in the current version. This will give it a more premium look and feel, as well as increase its durability and stability. The new Magic Keyboard will also match the design language of Apple’s MacBooks, which are also made from aluminium.
The new Magic Keyboard will retain the same functionality and features as the current one, including the USB-C port and the hinge mechanism. Gurman did not specify when the new Magic Keyboard will be launched, but hinted that it could be soon.