Last year’s iPad Pro lineup brought major changes to the premium iPad duo. In addition to the upgraded Mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch model, Apple has brought its own desktop chipset – the Apple M1 – to the range, allowing tablets to harness the impressive processing power and battery efficiency that’s usually exclusive to desktop and laptop computers.
While that’s impressive enough, Apple is working hard on its next iPad Pro lineup behind closed doors. We round up everything there is to know about the iPad Pro (2022) lineup here, including the latest rumors about the release date and what to expect from the upcoming tablets.
When will the iPad Pro (2022) range be launched?
With the iPad Pro (2021) now around a year old, Apple is expected to release an update soon — but not as soon as some might hope.
Going back to the release of the first generation iPad Pro 11 in 2018, here’s what the iPad Pro release schedule looks like:
- iPad Pro (2018) range: November 2018
- iPad Pro (2020) range: March 2020
- iPad Pro range (2021): May 2021
You see, it’s not quite as straightforward as the Apple Watch or the iPhone, which tend to debut in September every year, but there’s been a murky timeline for the first half of the year over the past few years.
However, that trend appears set to change in 2022, with no mention of the iPad Pro at Apple’s March 2022 event – instead focusing on the iPad Air 5, iPhone SE 3 and the new Mac Studio, along with the Apple Pro lineup. . to take center stage later in the year.
Leak on Twitter @dylandkt suggested in a now-deleted tweet that the iPad Pro was “coming in the fall” – or fall for us in the UK, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman corroborated that claim months later in March 2022.
He speaks in his power! In the newsletter, Gurman suggests that the launch take place between September and November of this year, reflecting the 16-18 month gap that Apple tends to follow in Pro versions (apart from the 2021 update, that is!).
With all that said, it looks like we shouldn’t expect to release the new iPad Pro lineup until later this year, possibly in October — Apple won’t want to block out the iPhone 14 release, after all.
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How much does the iPad Pro (2022) range cost?
Just like the release date, there’s no word on potential prices for the iPad Pro (2022) range, so we’ll consider previous base pricing to give us a rough idea:
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2020): £969 / $999
- iPad Pro 11in (2020): £769 / $799
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021): £999 / $1,099
- iPad Pro 11in (2021): £749 / $799
As you can see, Apple is not afraid to adjust the prices of the iPad Pro range from time to time. While the iPad Pro 11in (2021) is £20 cheaper in the UK than its predecessor, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model saw a £30/$100 increase this time around – likely due to the upgraded mini LED display.
However, you don’t want to significantly increase the price of the already premium tablet range, so while the iPad Pro 11in may go up a bit depending on the upgrades on offer, we can’t see the 12.9-inch model breaking the holy £1,000 / $1,100.
The latest iPad Pro (2022) rumors design and features
Apple has spent the past year synchronizing the design language of its lineup, with the iPad Mini 6 and iPhone 13 having the same angular industrial look as the iPad Pro lineup.
With that in mind, we don’t expect Apple to redesign the wheel – or more appropriately, the iPad Pro – with its 2022 update. There will be a bunch of new features, of course, and rumors are starting to fade.
Mini-LED on the 11-inch model
One of the most prevalent rumors at the moment is arguably one of the most obvious; The 11-inch iPad Pro (2022) is expected to match the model’s 12.9-inch Mini-LED display, after losing the technology in the 2021 range. The news comes from frighteningly accurate Ming-Chi Kuo, suggesting in a July 2021 note to investors that iPad Pro 11in and MacBook Air will get a mini-LED upgrade in 2022.
The Twitter @Dylandkt leak also believes Mini-LED will be present on both models, noting that “all iPad Pro models will feature a MiniLED display” in Tweet late January 2022.
As we’ve seen from the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), the upgraded display technology is a huge step forward from the standard LCD screen used by previous generation tablets. Not only does it allow for more control over contrast with truly inky blacks, but it produces impressively vibrant and bright colors as well.
In fact, Tech Advisor Editor Jim Martin described the Mini-LED display as “exceptional” in his 4.5-star review of the iPad Pro 12.9in (2021).
Back glass for wireless charging
While the overall form factor of the upcoming range hasn’t changed, the new iPad Pro models are rumored to use a glass back instead of the aluminum in use today. The reason for switching to glass, according to Bloomberg, is to enable wireless charging of the iPad set for the first time.
That claim was backed up again in September 2021, as Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman doubled down on the glass back and reverse wireless charging capabilities of the upcoming iPad Pro range. Given the fact that it’s readily available (not to mention a very popular feature) on the iPhone range, it only makes sense that the technology would finally make an appearance on Apple’s lineup of tablets.
In the same report, Bloomberg also indicated that the move to the rear glass cover will also enable reverse wireless charging for the first time. This will allow owners to charge their Qi-enabled iPhone or AirPods by placing them on the back of the tablet – handy for fast charging.
But a follow-up report in early 2022 from 9to5Mac points differently. According to “sources familiar with Apple’s design plans,” the glass back design may have been scrapped due to how fragile it would make the device compared to its current aluminum chassis.
Instead, the company is developing prototypes with a larger Apple logo (similar in size to the new MacBook Pro logo) made entirely of glass to allow for wireless power transmission. The report also notes that it will have magnets – like the MagSafe on the iPhone – but with “stronger accident prevention magnets” and will charge faster than iPhone models too.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman also chafed at the inclusion of MagSafe in the March 2022 issue of his book Power On! the news.
As with all rumours, it’s worth taking this with a pinch of salt – especially given the feud among the dropouts. fact, The leaker Dylandkt He claims they’ve heard “nothing but concerns from multiple sources” about the MagSafe/wireless charging capabilities, so it might be pushed back or packaged altogether.
In addition to glass back charging and reverse wireless charging, one analyst suggests the iPad Pro could get an updated design — although the leaker isn’t sure if it’s for this year’s model, or if it’s just something in the works behind closed doors at Apple Park.
discuss the leak via twitter, dylandkt suggests That the new iPad Pro could feature a landscape camera mode and a landscape Apple logo to match, switching the “default” orientation of the Pro tablets from portrait to landscape.
There’s no mention of other iPads getting the same treatment, and while this might sound strange at first, the Pro range lends itself more to landscape scenarios than other tablets in Apple’s range. Designs tend to draw in landscape orientation, and editors edit in landscape mode and that’s in landscape when used with Magic Keyboard as well.
Of course, with the redirect not being mentioned in any other design leaks, it’s worth taking this with a pinch of salt, but it’s definitely an interesting idea.
M1 Pro, M1 Max or M2 chipset
As Apple moves to the M1 chipset on the iPad Pro (2021) range, it’s safe to assume that one of its successors will appear in the 2022 range – especially now that the mid-range iPad Air also features the M1 chipset.
This could be from either the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips found in the 14- and 16-inch range of the redesigned MacBook Pro, perhaps with the Pro on the smaller iPad Pro and Max included in the larger model.
Apple also likely rolls out a next-generation M2 chip in 2022, and that could power the new iPad Pro — something it’s leaking dylandkt expect — which explains why Apple is pushing to release the range back to fall 2022.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman also suggests that the M2 could be on the cards of the new iPad Pro lineup, claiming that the new CPU will be slightly faster than the M1 but will pack the same eight-core architecture.