It has been a while since Apple refreshed the iPad Pro series. The next-generation iPad Pro 2022 series is just around the corner. And this year, reports suggest that there will be some notable changes to the lineup.
Famous Apple leaker Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has reported that the next-generation iPad Pro 2022 series will be revealed soon. The iPad Pro series will most likely debut in September alongside the iPhone 14 series. The event is expected to be held on September 12 or 13; however, the date is not yet confirmed.
Mark Gurman also suggests that this time, Apple will upgrade the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 to the new Apple M2 chip, the successor to the popular M1 chip we have seen on the iPad Pro series 2020 and the iPad Air 2022. The new chip has an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, resulting in an 18% improved CPU and 35% improved GPU performance compared to the M1. The M2 chip now supports a memory bandwidth of up to 100GB/s. The Apple M2 chip also comes with up to 24 GB of RAM, which is 8GB more than the 16GB max on the M1.
We will see the Apple M2 chip on the new iPad Pro 2022 series, but adding a 24GB RAM configuration seems unlikely. Given the new RAM-intensive Stage Manager introduced in iPadOS 16, this could happen.
Furthermore, Gurman suggests that the next-generation iPad Pro series will have wireless charging support. This will be a form of MagSafe or Reverse Wireless Charging support as it might not be befitting for a large device like the iPad Pro 12.9-inch to position it on a Qi wireless charger.
Gurman also expects the next-generation iPad Pro series to have an upgraded camera system. This could separate it from the non-Pro iPads, specifically the iPad Air. Unfortunately, there is no other information regarding the upgraded camera system on the next-generation iPad Pro series.
Lastly, Gurman claims that the iPad Pro series will be joined by a new 14.1-inch iPad Pro, featuring a mini LED display and the other rumored features. This could be Apple’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which has a massive 14.6-inch screen. Other rumors suggest that Apple will eliminate the 11-inch iPad Pro from the iPad Pro lineup. This means that Apple will only keep the 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with the new 14.1-inch iPad Pro in the lineup.