With Apple’s September “Far Out” event in the offing, the company is set to launch another generation of iPad Pro in 2022. More than a year after the model with the M1 chip, miniLED display was first introduced and 5G support, the company is rumored to launch an even better iPad Pro this year with the M2 chip.
Design and display: no 11-inch miniLED model
Rumors of a new design for the iPad Pro 2022 began in June 2021. According to by Bloomberg gurman brandHowever, this iPad could have a glass back to enable wireless charging, most likely via MagSafe. Then, in December, the journalist corroborated the previous report of him.
Wireless charging replaces the usual power cord with an inductive mat, making it easy for users to recharge their device’s battery. It has become a common feature in smartphones but is a rarity among tablets. Apple added wireless charging to iPhones in 2017 and last year updated it with a magnet-based MagSafe system that ensured more consistent charging speeds.
The company is testing a similar MagSafe system for the iPad Pro. Wireless charging is likely to be slower than plugging a charger directly into the iPad’s Thunderbolt port, which will remain a part of future models.
In January 2022, 9to5Mac was able to discover that Apple hit a snag in its plans to redesign the iPad Pro with MagSafe. While the company was testing full glass on the iPad Pro 2022, it became inconvenient as it would make the product easier to damage and also much more brittle.
According to our sources, the company has developed iPad Pro prototypes with a larger Apple logo (similar to the one on the new MacBook Pro), but this one is made of glass. As a result, the energy would be transmitted through the glass logo. The prototype also has stronger magnets to prevent accidents and supports charging at faster speeds than MagSafe for iPhone.
As for its screen, Apple is likely to keep two different sizes: 11 inches and 12.9 inches. Although the 11-inch model was rumored to swap the LCD panel for a miniLED display, analysts Ross Young and Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will keep LCD technology for smaller iPad due to high production costs – although it could change to a OLED screen in a next iteration of the product.
Processor and storage capabilities
After Apple surprised everyone with the addition of the M1 chip in the iPad Pro, it is likely that the company will add an improved version of this processor to the next iPad Pro 2022. Naturally, this iPad would have the M2 chip, which has been released with a new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. 9to5Mac Sources confirm that this new iPad will have this new processor. It should be faster than the M1, but it won’t outperform the M1 Pro, Max, or Ultra chips.
As for its storage capacities, Apple is likely to keep the same options, as there are no rumors of more than 2TB of storage, which means:
Since Apple has been moving away from 64GB models in iPhones, and all new Macs start at 256GB, it would make sense if the company starts the 2022 iPad Pro with 256GB of storage instead of 128GB.
Battery, 5G and new accessories
9to5Mac can confirm that Apple is working on a new iPad Pro with a bigger battery, as some users complain that the Magic Keyboard causes excessive battery drain. Not only that, but as you’ve already read in this roundup, Apple is likely to introduce the ability to charge the 2022 iPad Pro with a MagSafe charger that’s even faster than what’s available for the iPhone.
Although there are no rumors about the 5G capabilities of the iPad Pro 2022, it is likely that Apple will bring more bands for the next model.
According to the Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, based on “trusted sources in China”, the next iPad Pro will feature the same “case design” and “chassis design” as the current model. The difference, however, will be the two four-pin connectors that will supposedly be located on the “top and bottom side edges.”
The report speculates that these new connectors could “help power peripherals” that plug into the iPad Pro’s Thunderbolt/USB-C port. It’s also worth noting that iPadOS 16 will allow device manufacturers to create drivers for the iPad using the added DriverKit support. Accessory manufacturers could use the new four-pin connectors to help with that process.
When will the iPad Pro 2022 be released?
9to5Mac believes that this new iPad will be presented in the second half of this year. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said in his Switched on Newsletter that Apple will probably release this new iPad Pro around September and November, then it will probably be around October or November, at an iPad and Mac event, as Apple hopes to release iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura simultaneously.
How much will the iPad Pro 2022 cost?
The 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro got a $100 price increase due to the addition of the miniLED display. 9to5Mac He doesn’t think Apple will change the price of the iPad Pro, mainly because it won’t bring miniLED to the 11-inch version.
- 128GB: $799
- 256GB: $899
- 512GB: $1,099
- 1TB: $1,499
- 2TB: $1,899
iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Wi-Fi
- 128GB: $1099
- 256GB: $1199
- 512GB: $1399
- 1TB: $1799
- 2TB: $2199
So far, these are the rumors about the 2022 iPad Pro. As we hear more about it, we’ll be sure to update this story.
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