Apple store goes down ahead of 'Let Loose' iPad event

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Apple's "Let Loose" event will begin in just a few hours, with the showcase expected to show us the next slate of iPad models.

And, as is tradition, the online Apple Store has gone down for maintenance ahead of the new products being added. 

Expect the site to go live immediately after the event, likely with fresh iPad Pro and iPad Air models, and maybe even a section about the M4 chip and Apple Pencil 3

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What do we expect from the event?

In case you've been living under an iPad, Apple's event is expected to showcase plenty of changes for its tablet lineup for 2024. That's a good thing, because 2023 saw zero new iPad hardware releases, and many had wondered if the company was still committed to tablet computing.

The headline additions are the tablets themselves, with the iPad Pro seeing a spec bump that could potentially skip the M3 chip entirely and hop to M4 - bringing a wealth of AI potential to iPadOS 18 when it arrives this year. It may also add an OLED display, which would be a first for iPads.

On the iPad Air side of things, we're expecting two models, with a new 12.9-inch version being added alongside the existing 10.9-inch one. It's also likely to get the M2 chip like the current iPad Pro, as well as mini LED.

We're also expecting a new Magic Keyboard, potentially with a laptop-like finish, and a new Apple Pencil which may have haptic feedback.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.