This year, Apple held off on announcing new iPad models alongside the iPhone 14 lineup at its annual fall event. Since the Cupertino tech giant pushed the release of iPadOS 16 into October, it is expected that new iPad Pro models will be announced this month alongside the software update.
In this post, we are going to discuss all the changes that are rumored to be coming to the upcoming M2 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
M2 iPad Pro models will not feature a significant external redesign
This year’s updated iPad Pro models will not feature a significant external redesign. However, it has been reported numerous times that Apple plans to update the device from the M1 to the M2 chip. Apple says that the M2 chip features an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine than the industry-leading M1 chip.
As for the display, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that Apple will expand its mini-LED display tech to the 11-inch model by 2022. The current 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro comes with a mini-LED display, called the Liquid Retina XDR display by Apple, whereas the 11-inch model features a Liquid Retina (LCD) display. The display is also expected to feature thinner bezels.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has said that the next-generation iPad Pro models will offer wireless charging and an improved camera system. Gurman has also echoed reports from other sources saying that the models will come equipped with the M2 chip.
An earlier report from Mac Otakara suggests that the upcoming iPads will feature two new 4-pin connectors. The current iPad Pro models feature three pins that can be used to connect to the Magic Keyboard and the MagSafe 3 connector.
As of right now, it is still unclear what these new connectors will be used for. The publication suggests that the new four-pin connectors could be used as “a terminal to assist the power supply of peripheral devices connected to the Thunderbolt / USB-C port.”
According to Gurman, Apple will announce new iPads and Macs via a press release instead of an event due to a lack of new hardware. It is widely expected that the 10th-generation redesigned iPad will also be announced alongside the new iPad Pro models.