According to Apple observer Mark Gurman, the M2 iPad Pro will be released “in a matter of days.” The iPad Pro 2022, which has been speculated about for a while, is said to be available in both 11- and 12.9-inch sizes and include the same chipset as the MacBook Air M2 from this year. The tech powerhouse from Cupertino, however, has another iPad up its sleeve.
According to Gurman’s latest Power On email, Apple’s new product introduction is imminent. There doesn’t appear to be an October event planned, so the new iPad Pro with M2 will probably be unveiled through a press release like the AirPods Max.
The sole significant improvement over the previous iPad Pro is the M2 processor, as pointed out by Gurman. You can also count on the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes and the same flat-edge design. In other words, we can expect the same 2732 x 2048-pixel mini-LED screen.
With the M2 chip, however, we anticipate a 20% increase in performance. Gurman says iPadOS 16.1 will be released on October 24 after the new iPad Pro 2022 is unveiled. Apple is expected to discuss this and other features at a new event in October, as it was hinted at earlier this month. At The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event on October 25th, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak will be speaking.
A report from Mac Otakara suggested that the iPad Pro 2022 versions would switch from 3-pin to 4-pin connectors, while the new M2-powered iPad Pro is believed to have the same design. This is probably not a MagSafe charging port—the current MagSafe 3 chargers on MacBooks use a 5-pin design—but it could provide better power distribution to and from accessories like the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.
Concerning Apple’s laptop line, Gurman anticipates that the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors won’t be introduced at the same time as the new iPad Pro. Instead, he believes we can expect them somewhere in November, as this is when Apple has historically released new MacBooks in the past.
New Entry-Level iPad Incoming
Gurman, interestingly enough, also claims Apple is working on a new low-end iPad with a reimagined design, one that shares the iPad Pro’s flat-edge aesthetic. There have been rumors about a revised iPad 10 with a USB-C port for some time now, so this isn’t the first time we’ve heard something like this.
DigiTimes, a (mostly) credible Taiwanese news agency, reported that Apple was planning to release the iPhone 14 and a new, cheaper iPad 10 in September. Unfortunately, this didn’t materialize, but a release is still possible for this year or 2023. Keep checking TheActiveNews.com for the most recent information.