Apple to Announce New iPad Pro With M2 Chip This Tuesday

Apple plans to announce new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip this Tuesday, October 18, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.

Gurman has previously said that the updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will be released “in a few days, and he has narrowed the timeframe to a specific date. The announcement will likely come in the form of an Apple Newsroom press release.

Rumored major new features for the iPad Pro include the same M2 chip as the MacBook Air and MagSafe wireless charging support. No major design changes are expected for the iPad Pro this year, suggesting the update will be a small spec boost.

Apple is also rumored to be planning a new 10th-gen entry-level iPad with a larger 10.5-inch display, USB-C port, flat edges, A14 Bionic chip, 5G with cellular mode, and possibly Touch ID Power button and landscape FaceTime camera. However, it is unclear if the device will also be announced today.

We know there are no major design updates, and there are a few new features to look forward to.

Mini-LED Display

Apple introduced an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display technology last year, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will continue to use the technology through 2022. Apple is also rumored to be updating the 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display, but that doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen due to supply and cost constraints.

Apple refers to the ‌iPad Pro‌’s mini-LED display as the “Liquid Retina XDR display,” and it offers better dynamic range, true-to-life detail, vibrant colors, and HDR. The current display on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses more than 10,000 LEDs on the back of the display for up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio.

Display analyst Ross Young said the 11-inch iPad Pro won’t get a mini-LED upgrade because the 12.9-inch iPad sells well enough that Apple doesn’t need to add mini-LED to the smaller tablet. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said that mini-LED display technology is too expensive to add to the 11-inch iPad Pro this year.

M2 Chip

The 2021 iPad Pro models feature the same M1 chip found in the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro, rather than continuing to use the A-series chip like typical iPads.

That puts the iPad Pro on par with Apple’s Macs, and Apple is rumored to be planning to stick with Mac chips in professional-grade iPads. Apple introduced the M2 chip in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro and is expected to use the same chip in the 2022 iPad Pro update. The ‌M2‌ chip has an 8-core CPU and an 8- or 10-core GPU.

MagSafe Charging

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the next iPad Pro will support MagSafe wireless charging, just like the iPhone.

Apple may be planning to add glass back to the iPad Pro, and has been testing the feature, but out of concerns about fragility, Apple may opt for a larger Apple logo made of glass to facilitate wireless charging.

If Apple opts for the glass Apple logo, there may be magnets underneath it, and the ‌MagSafe‌ charger will be able to align with these magnets for quick and easy charging. One of the iPads Apple is testing is said to feature MagSafe, which has stronger magnets than those found in iPhones, and is also said to allow for faster wireless charging.

Future iPad Pros

The 2022 iPad Pro models will continue to use standard LCD and mini-LED display technology, but Apple is developing OLED technology for future Macs and iPads. Apple may add OLED ‌iPad‌ to its lineup starting in 2024, and the ‌iPad Pro‌ could be the first ‌iPad‌ to feature an OLED display.

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