2024-bound OLED iPad Pros could come with a prohibitively high price tag
At this point, an OLED-toting iPad Pro is all but confirmed, with the tablets scheduled for a 2024 launch. The 2024-bound tablets will be the first of their kind to use the tech, which has been commonplace in iPhones and will soon find their way to MacBooks. However, the first iteration of the OLED iPad Pro may be inaccessible to many due to its high prices.
A report from The Elec says the 11-inch OLED iPad Pro will start at US$1,500. Its 13-inch sibling ups the figure to US$1,800. That is nearly double what Apple charges for existing iPad Pros and ventures well into MacBook territory. While the iPad Pro packs some serious firepower with its Apple M series chip, it is significantly hamstrung by iPad OS. Furthermore, users have to buy accessories such as a keyboard and Apple Pencil separately, driving the total cost well beyond US$2,000.
That said, things might not be all that grim for future iPad owners. Apple is reportedly testing a "lite" version of macOS for iPads, and the OLED iPad Pros could serve as excellent testing grounds for the said OS. With touch-enabled MacBooks also on the horizon, macOS will almost certainly become more touch-friendly, incentivizing more users to run it on their iPads.