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iPad Pro 2022 Rumored or Not? What Will be the Next? Release Date, And More
While we haven’t heard of any substantial design changes for the iPad Pro’s successor, Apple is reportedly hard at work on a new model with some exciting additions.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which Apple improved last year with mini-LED display technology, will continue to employ this display method in 2022. Apple calls the mini-LED display of the iPad Pro a “Liquid Retina XDR display,” which provides enhanced dynamic range with true-to-life details, vivid colors, and High Dynamic Range (HDR), but an update to the 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display appears unlikely due to supply and cost constraints. The current display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro employs more than 10,000 LEDs across the display’s back, resulting in full-screen brightness of up to 1,000 units, peak brightness of 1,600 nits, and a contrast ratio of 1 million to one.
Because the 12.9-inch iPad is doing so well, Apple doesn’t need to add mini-LED to the smaller tablet, according to to display analyst Ross Young, who predicts that the 11-inch iPad Pro will not receive the upgrade. Mini-LED display technology is too expensive to be incorporated into the 11-inch iPad Pro this year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Instead of using an A-series chip, as with regular iPads, Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro models opted for the M1 chip found in the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. This brought iPad Pro performance in line with Apple’s Macs. It is believed that Apple will continue to use Mac chips for its high-end iPads. The M2 processor made its debut in Apple’s 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s slated to be used in the company’s next-generation iPad Pro, which will also be updated in 2022. The M2 chip includes a CPU with 8 cores and a GPU with 8 or 10 cores.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the next-generation iPad Pro will support MagSafe wireless charging, similar to the iPhone.Apple may be planning to add a glass back to the iPad Pro and has been testing such a feature, but due to concerns about breakability, Apple may instead opt for a larger Apple logo made of glass that would facilitate wireless charging. Reportedly, one of the iPads Apple is testing has a MagSafe with stronger magnets than the iPhone’s, and it also enables quicker wireless charging speeds.
Reverse Wireless Charging
The next-generation iPad Pro may enable reverse wireless charging in addition to MagSafe wireless charging, allowing the iPad to be used to charge iPhones, AirPods, and other devices by lying them on its back.
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The smart connector may be replaced with two additional four-pin connectors on the top and bottom of the iPad Pro of the next generation, according to the Japanese website Mac Otakara. The site believes the connectors could “help in powering peripherals” that attach to the USB-C port, however it is unclear why Apple would do so.
A New Apple Pencil?
It has been speculated that Apple is developing an updated Apple Pencil, however, the most recent report about this product was published in early 2021. Whether or not a new Apple Pencil will be released is currently unknown. Back in 2021, there were reports that a black Apple Pencil option was coming, but it never materialized.
A new iPad Pro may be announced at an Apple event in October, but if not, it may be revealed in a press release. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple is predicted to initiate iPad Pro mass manufacturing. It appears like the release of the 2022 iPad Pro models is getting close, since at least one major merchant has begun preparations.
Future iPad Pros
Apple is developing OLED technology for future Macs and iPads, but the iPad Pro versions they plan to release in 2022 will stick with traditional LCD and mini-LED displays. Display analyst Ross Young predicts that Apple will release 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays in 2024. Apple may adopt a hybrid OLED technology for its future iPads, which would combine both rigid and flexible OLED panel materials. The Elec reports that Apple is hesitant to fully commit to flexible panel technology to accommodate greater screen sizes. The Elec and DigiTimes have both reported that iPads with a hybrid OLED display are rumored to launch in 2024.
Rumor has said that Apple is also preparing a 14.1-inch iPad for release in 2023. The larger iPad would be sold alongside the current 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, but unlike the ProMotion-equipped iPads, it is likely to employ a display more akin to that of the current MacBook Air. Even though not much is officially known about the gadget, speculation is that it will use an M2 processor, have 512GB of storage initially, and 16GB of memory.
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