Although there aren’t any significant design changes that we are aware of in the iPad Pro’s next iteration, there are some new functions that are promising.
This article compiles all of the information we currently know about the 2022 iPad Pro based on speculations that we have heard.
LED Mini Display
Apple upgraded its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display technology last year, and the device will still employ the technology in 2022. Because of availability and price restrictions, it doesn’t seem that Apple will replace the 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display as previously reported.
Liquid Retina XDR, as described by Apple, is a term used to describe the mini-LED display of the iPad Pro, which delivers HDR, true-to-life details, and vibrant colours. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s display now employs over 10,000 LEDs across its back, providing up to 1,000 units of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1.
The 12.9-inch iPad is selling well enough that Apple doesn’t need to add mini-LED to the smaller tablet, according to display expert Ross Young, so the 11-inch iPad Pro won’t receive the mini-LED update after all. Mini-LED display technology is too pricey, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, to be used in the 11-inch iPad Pro this year.
Instead of using an A-series processor like other iPads, the 2021 iPad Pro models switched to the same M1 chip used in the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple is reported to be aiming to remain with Mac CPUs for the pro-level iPads as a result of the iPad Pro’s performance being on par with Apple’s Macs. The M2 processor was first used by Apple in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it will likely be used in the 2022 iPad Pro version as well. The M2 chip has an 8 or 10 core GPU in addition to an 8 or 10 core CPU.
Chargers for MagSafe
The next-generation iPad Pro will have MagSafe wireless charging, much like the iPhone, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Apple may have been testing a glass back for the iPad Pro, but given its potential for breakability, it may have decided against it in favour of a bigger glass Apple logo that would allow for wireless charging.
If Apple chooses the glass Apple logo, it most likely has magnets beneath, which a MagSafe charger can connect with for fast and simple charging. One of the iPads that Apple is testing is said to contain a MagSafe with magnets that are stronger than those in the iPhone and that enable quicker wireless charging rates.
Wireless Reverse Charging
The next-generation iPad Pro may enable reverse wireless charging in addition to MagSafe wireless charging, enabling users to use the iPad to charge other devices like iPhones, AirPods, and other accessories by placing them on the back of the device.
The next iPad Pro versions, according to the Japanese website Mac Otakara, will include additional four-pin connections at the top and bottom of the tablet that are independent of the smart connector. Although the website indicates the connections might “help in powering peripherals,” connected to the USB-C port, it is unclear why Apple would add more connectors.
An upgraded Apple pencil?
There have been speculations that Apple is developing a new Apple Pencil, but much of that material is from the beginning of 2021, and nothing has been said since then. It’s uncertain if a new Apple Pencil will truly be released.
There were reports that a black Apple Pencil will be available in 2021, but that didn’t materialise, so they may not have been true.
According to DigiTimes, Apple is developing a titanium iPad chassis that would replace the aluminium used in the current versions. However, titanium is a pricey material, so this feature could only be available on the most expensive iPads.
According to rumours, Apple may be organising an event for October when the new iPad Pro models and an updated variant of the entry-level iPad would be unveiled. The iPad Pro is anticipated to go into commercial production by Apple in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The fact that at least one significant shop is putting the 2022 iPad Pro devices on the market in advance suggests that a debut is not too far off.
Upcoming iPad Pros
While Apple is developing OLED technology for next Macs and iPads, the 2022 iPad Pro models will continue to employ normal LCD and mini-LED display technologies. Beginning in 2024, Apple may introduce an OLED iPad, with the iPad pro perhaps getting the OLED treatment first.
The arrival of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro versions with OLED panels is anticipated for 2024, according to display expert Ross Young.
Future iPads from Apple may use a hybrid OLED technology that combines both rigid and flexible OLED screen materials. According to the website The Elec, Apple is hesitant to depend only on flexible panel technology for higher screen sizes. Hybrid OLED iPads, according to The Elec, may appear around 2024.
A 14.1-inch iPad with a bigger screen is reportedly being developed by Apple and is expected to launch in 2023. As an iPad with a bigger screen, it would be marketed alongside the current 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro versions. It is not anticipated to have ProMotion technology, but rather a display more akin to the present MacBook Air. There isn’t much information available about the gadget, but reports claim it will include an M2 CPU with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of initial storage.