Apple announced a special online event on May 7: Let loose

Apple's May 7 "Let Loose" event to showcase new iPads & accessories. Rumors suggest iPad Pro & Air updates with display upgrades & new Apple Pencil. Magic Keyboard refresh anticipated.

Apple announced a special online event on May 7: Let loose
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Apple announced a special online event for May 7, 2024, titled "Let Loose". The event will be streamed live at 7:00 AM PT (10:00 AM ET, 16:00 CET) and is expected to center on new iPad hardware and accessories. Rumors suggest announcements regarding new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, alongside updates to the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard.

The event will be entirely virtual, mirroring Apple's October "Scary Fast" event. Invitations offer online viewing options, and no reports indicate physical attendance invitations. The "Let Loose" invite artwork prominently features an Apple Pencil drawing, hinting at a new iteration. Rumors suggest this Apple Pencil may include Find My integration, magnetically swappable tips, and a potential "Squeeze" gesture functionality.

When you refresh the homepage, you get a different version of the invite artwork each time:

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Reports also point towards a new iPad Pro lineup with both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models transitioning to OLED displays. These new iPad Pro designs are expected to be considerably thinner than their predecessors.

The iPad Air lineup is anticipated to expand with a new 12.9-inch size alongside the existing 10.9-inch model. A surprising last-minute rumor suggests the 12.9-inch iPad Air might utilize a mini-LED display.

Finally, updates to the Magic Keyboard for the new iPad Pro are also in the works. Multiple reports indicate a redesigned Magic Keyboard with a sturdier aluminum frame, aiming to enhance the iPad Pro's laptop-like functionality. This would mark the first update to the Magic Keyboard since its introduction in 2020.