No dedicated launch event for the next-gen Apple iPad Air in October: Report

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  • Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that Apple will forego a traditional launch for the sixth-gen iPad Air, expected to launch in October
  • There’s precedent for this move, with the company releasing the new set of MacBook Pro models earlier this year in a similar fashion
  • A majority of the next-gen iPad Air’s hardware is under wraps, but the presence of an Apple M2 chip is rumoured

In the midst of all the reports surrounding the Apple iPhone 15 release later this evening, we’re gaining some emerging info on the company’s plans for the upcoming iPad Air refresh. Instead of hosting a dedicated event for the unveiling of the tablet, the Cupertino-based manufacturer will supposedly release it through a press release.

The information was shared by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman while speaking on The MacRumors Show podcast last week. Gurman went on to add that Apple’s Wonderlust event on September 12, 2023, will instead focus solely on the upcoming slate of iPhones and the Apple Watch refresh.

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As Gurman pointed out, the iPad Air release could be similar to how Apple handled the unveiling of the new MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and Max chips some months ago. The features of the sixth-generation iPad Air are still under wraps, but we expect to get a better idea about the tablet as we inch closer to that October release timeframe.

iPad Air 5

The Apple iPad Air (5th-gen)

Apple iPad Air (sixth-generation) rumoured specifications

As we pointed out above, the specifications of the iPad Air 6 are still pretty much a mystery. Based on the company’s history with iPad Air models, we can speculate that there could be a handful of upgrades under the hood.

For instance, leaker @Tech_Reve has suggested that Apple will introduce the M2 chip to the iPad Air lineup this year, with only the iPad Pro models currently featuring this SoC. This may also give Apple a good excuse to hike the prices of its new mid-tier tablet series.

Storage upgrades could also be on the cards, given that the rumoured OLED iPad Pro is rumoured to offer maximum storage of 4TB. For instance, the 5th-gen iPad Air only offers 64GB and 256GB of storage variants. Perhaps the company will boost the minimum storage capacity to 128GB or 256GB, ditching the 64GB model in the process.

There’s no launch date to mark on our calendars just yet. Since there’s not going to be much fanfare around its launch anyway, the company may choose to aggressively hype up its arrival on social media.

Source: MacRumors

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