Now that Apple has pushed back the release of iPadOS 16 from September to October, it is rumored that the company will hold off on new iPad releases until October as well.
As of right now, we know that the 10th-generation redesigned iPad will be a part of the event, however, the report suggests the screen of the device will be made larger. In addition to this, a new leak today suggests an iPad Pro refresh with the M2 chip is also set to arrive before the end of the year.
Two new iPad models to launch before 2022 ends
In a Naver post by an account called “yeux1122,” a source from China suggests that an additional event is on the books for Apple. Note that the event is not slated to be held in October, but it will take place after the launch of the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup. However, October makes the most sense keeping the release of iPadOS 16 in mind.
The upcoming 10th-generation iPad will be a little wider but slimmer than the current 9th-generation iPad. The device will sport flat edges, slimmer bezels, and a singular rear lens in a camera system similar to the one on the iPhone X. In addition to this, the leak suggests it will have a bigger display than the current 9th-generation model which features a 10.2-inch screen. The leak does not mention the exact specifications of the display.
Furthermore, the 10th-generation iPad is expected to retail with the usual $329 price tag. It is also likely going to feature the two-year-old A14 Bionic chip. It will also be the last iPad in the lineup to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. It could also support 5G connectivity.
As for the iPad Pro, Apple plans to update the device from the M1 to the M2 chip. No significant external redesign is expected for the Pro device.
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that Apple will expand mini-LED display tech to the 11-inch iPad Pro by 2022. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also stated the tech giant plans to update the current 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models later this year in the fall, with “M2 chips, wireless charging, and upgrades to the camera system.”