iPad Pro 2022 – first rumors and what we want to see

We expect there will be a 2022 iPad Pro, given that Apple has revised its premium tablet every year since its introduction (excluding 2019). With last year’s iPad Pro being one of the most important updates of all time, we’re excited to see what Apple has in store this year.

Rumors are currently rare. However, with the likely launch date fast approaching, we hope to hear more about the new iPad Pro in the near future.

Here’s everything we know about the iPad Pro 2022 so far, plus a wishlist in case Apple is in the mood to listen.

Design of the iPad Pro 2022

While Apple would work on a massive 15-inch iPad to support larger smart displays, and its display component partner BOE adapted its factory to make 15-inch OLED displays, that larger panel would be at least a couple of years, and the 2022 iPad Pro line is, once again, expected to come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions.

But that doesn’t mean subtle design changes aren’t underway, and we’ve heard of two so far.

The first is the one that might well divide. Like the rumor that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and, indeed, the 2021 MacBook Pro, it looks like Apple will add a notch to the design of the iPad Pro.

IPad Pro 2022 renderings

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Arguably, it makes a bit more sense here than on the company’s high-end laptops, as the iPad Pro uses FaceID for authentication, which allows for a sizable camera footprint. All the same, it is likely to prove unpopular even if it results in even thinner bezels.

The second design tweak we’ve heard about, via Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, is a glass back for the possible introduction of wireless charging. While this has long been a feature of Apple’s non-SE iPhones, it is said to go even further with reverse wireless charging, meaning it will be able to charge the battery of other devices like your iPhone. , Apple Watch or AirPods. This feels like a step further from the long-term goal of having devices charge each other over the air (albeit years away).

IPad Pro 2022 Specifications

Very little has been revealed, or even speculated, regarding the specifications of the iPad Pro 2022. However, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the smaller 11-inch tablet will adopt the technology this time around. mini-LED screens. The feature isn’t entirely new, having debuted in 2021, but it was exclusive to the 12.9-inch models, which cost significantly more. This will hopefully allow more buyers to take advantage of the deeper blacks and higher brightness that independently lit pixels provide.

It would be amazing if the iPad Pro 2022 wasn’t faster than the super-fast previous generation, but there’s nothing definite about how much faster yet. One possibility is that the new tablet benefits from chips made using the 3nm process, but it’s just as plausible that they simply adopt the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips from the MacBook Pro, given that the current version uses the M1.

IPad Pro 2022 release date and possible price

IPad Pro 2022 renderings

(Image credit: MyDrivers)

Unlike non-SE iPhones, which almost always arrive in September, there’s no rhyme or reason for the iPad Pro’s schedule which has, in the past, been announced in March, April, June, September. and October. Even usually reliable tipsters are of no help here, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just predicting that the tablet will be released in 2022.

Spring is plausible. Not only is March the most common month for the iPad Pro (2016 and 2020) and almost a year after the previous launch (April 2021), the AppleLeaksPro leaker has already suggested that Apple has something in mind for back then – although that may be the new MacBook Air or iMac Pro. The scarcity of leaks right now, however, may make summer a safer bet.

As for the price, you can expect another premium product – and we imagine the 11in model will get at least the same $ 100 price hike as the 12.9in one last year, if the rumored mini LED screen is introduced.

That would start the tablet at $ 899 for the 11-inch model and $ 1,099 for the 12.9-inch version. This is of course only the entry-level price, with the cost currently hitting $ 2,199 if you want a 2TB 12.9in model with 5G connectivity.

iPad Pro 2022: what we would like to see

To be completely honest, the iPad Pro is already a great product, and we’re struggling to name any serious weaknesses that need urgent improvement. Nonetheless, we have a modest wish list.

To be clear, the iPad Pro 2021 has a perfectly respectable battery life, but it’s worth noting that the 12.9-inch model only managed ten hours and 48 minutes in our web browsing test, while the 11-inch version reached 1:42 p.m. If this is a sign that the mini LED display is more power hungry than the IPS panel and both are indeed adopting the former this time around, then hopefully there will be larger cells to make up for it. .

The iPad Pro is currently available in two colors: space gray and silver, so not much to choose from there. Recently, Apple experimented with a wider color gamut for the iPhone 13 and 24-inch iMac, and it would be nice if consumers had the option of a more colorful iPad Pro as well.

Okay, that’s entering very unlikely territory at this point, but the iPad Pro is at its best when paired with two first-party accessories: the Apple Pencil for doodling and the Smart Keyboard for making one. surrogate laptop. Considering how much Apple earns by selling these optional accessories separately, that is unlikely to change anytime soon, but we can dream …

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