Even though Apple’s Peek Performance event in March only featured a new iPad Air 5, we still anticipate an iPad Pro 2022.
However, since its debut, Apple has updated its premium tablet every year (excluding 2019). We’re eager to see what Apple has in store for 2022 after last year’s iPad Pro was one of the largest improvements ever. There aren’t many rumors right now. However, we should learn more about the new iPad Pro, as a debut date may be announced soon.
Here is what we currently know about the iPad Pro 2022 and a wishlist in case Apple is listening.
iPad Pro 2022 Design
The 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro sizes are anticipated to return for the 2022 model year. However, there already seem to be a few design tweaks planned for the iPad Pro 2022.
The most recent report claims that aside from a switch from a three-pin Smart Connector to a four-pin one that might be found on the top and the bottom side edges, the chassis of the new iPad Pro 2022 would stay essentially similar to its predecessor. This might make it easier to power gadgets and even allude to wireless charging.
Similar to the predicted Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and the 2021 MacBook Pro, Apple may be changing the iPad Pro’s appearance to include a notch. However, a more recent story from 9to5Mac claims that while Apple is considering this action, the choice is not final.
Given that the iPad Pro uses FaceID for authentication, which results in a huge camera footprint, a notch may be more appropriate here than on the company’s high-end laptops. Even if adding notch results in narrower bezels, it’s still likely to face backlash.
The second design change that Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has mentioned is a glass back for the potential implementation of wireless charging. While this has long been a feature of Apple’s non-SE iPhones, there is talk that it may take things a step further with reverse-wireless charging, meaning it will be able to recharge other devices’ batteries, including your iPhone, Apple Watch, or AirPods. That seems to be a step closer to the long-term objective of allowing gadgets to charge one another wirelessly, though that is still years away.
To compete with larger smart screens, Apple is reportedly working on a gigantic 15-inch iPad. BOE, Apple’s display component partner, has modified its facility to produce 15-inch OLED displays, although this larger panel is reportedly at least a couple of years away. However, one leaker claims that the iPad 2022 model may get a 14-inch variant in the interim. Additionally to having a larger screen, this model might also ship with greater storage and RAM as standard, improving overall speed.
According to reports, OLED screens for the iPad Pro won’t be available until 2024. Therefore, we will continue to use the LCD 11-inch model and the tiny LED 12.9-inch model we received with the 2021 edition. Read; iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Upgrades to Expect
iPad Pro 2022 Specs
Early hints from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and a tip from a dependable leaker suggested that the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro tablet would, this time around, employ mini-LED screen technology. The function wasn’t wholly novel; it first appeared in 2021, but it was only available on the 12.9-inch devices, which were far more expensive. With more purchasers able to take advantage of the deeper blacks and greater brightness that independently lit pixels offer, hopefully.
Ross Young, a display analyst, believes an 11-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED is doubtful since that Kuo has recanted that assertion. It appears that the 12.9-inch device is selling well enough for Apple to want to reserve that function for its most costly tablet only.
According to a different source from 9to5Mac(opens in new tab), Apple’s upcoming M2 chip may power the iPad Pro. The MacBook Air 2022 and entry-level MacBook Pro 2022 both use the Apple M2 chip, which was introduced at WWDC 2022. According to analyst Jeff Pu’s assertions that Apple’s new 3-nanometer processor will be used in an iPad later this year, we might even see an M2 Pro version of the iPad Pro.
According to the same 9to5Mac source, the iPad Pro 2022 may have cameras that are similar to those on the iPhone 13, giving it exceptional image quality and features like video’s Cinematic mode. Additionally, we’ve heard that the upcoming iPad Pro could include wireless charging capability, which would be a nice improvement.
iPad Pro 2022 Date and Price
According to trustworthy tipper and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, the iPad Pro 2022 is currently expected to launch in the fall. This seems reasonable given that prior iPad Pro versions have been unveiled and released in the fall.
Expect another high-end product from the iPad Pro in 2022, and if the anticipated mini-LED display is made available, we predict the 11-inch model would cost at least $100 more than the 12.9-inch model did last year.
The tablet’s starting price would be $899 for the 11-inch device and $1,099 for the 12.9-inch one. Of course, that is just the starting price; if you want a 2TB 12.9-inch device with 5G connectivity, the price now goes up to $2,199.
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What we’d like to see
To be quite honest, the iPad Pro is already a fantastic device, and it would be difficult to identify any significant flaws that require immediate improvement. We do, however, have a brief wishlist.
It should be noted that the 12.9-inch edition of the 2021 iPad Pro “only” managed eleven hours and 48 minutes in our web surfing test, whereas the 11-inch model reached 13:42. This is not to say that the 2021 iPad Pro’s battery life is in any way subpar. It is hoped that there will be larger cells to make up for this if it turns out that the mini-LED screen consumes more power than the IPS panel this time around.
There are presently only two color options available for the iPad Pro: space grey and silver. It would be good if customers could choose an iPad Pro that came in a wider variety of colors, as Apple has recently begun experimenting with a wider choice of colors for both the iPhone 13 and 24-inch iMac. Read Also; Apple Watch 8 — Everything We Know So Far
Okay, this is starting to sound very improbable, but the iPad Pro performs best when paired with the Apple Pencil for sketching and the Smart Keyboard to transform it into a substitute laptop. It’s unlikely to change very soon given how much money Apple generates from selling these supplementary accessories separately, but we can dream…