It appears that Apple intends to keep this trend going with the arrival of a 2022 iPad Premium, and while reports are few, we are beginning to get a sense of the kinds of modifications Apple may be working on for its next generation of pro tablet.
Apple has launched a new iPad Pro every year since its top-end tablet debuted in 2015, with the exception of 2019 – no small effort given the supply chain constraints of the previous two years.
Here’s all we know so far about the iPad Pro 2022, as well as a wishlist in case Apple decides to listen.
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 makes for a sizable camera footprint. All the same, it’s likely to prove unpopular even if it does result in even thinner bezels.
While Apple is rumored to be working on a ginormous 15-inch iPad to take on larger smart screens, this larger panel is said to be at least a couple of years away, and the 2022 iPad Pro range is, once again, expected to come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.
The second design tweak we’ve heard talk of, 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, there’s talk that this will go a step further with reverse-wireless charging, meaning it will be able to top up the battery of other devices such as your iPhone, Apple Watch or AirPods. That sounds like a further step on the rumored long-term goal for devices to charge each other over the air (though that’s years away).
iPad Pro 2022 specs
Very little has been revealed, or even speculated upon, in terms of the 2022 iPad Pro’s specs. However, the smaller 11-inch tablet will adopt mini-LED screen tech this time around. 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 enjoy the deeper blacks and higher brightness that independently lit pixels provide.
It would be astonishing if the 2022 iPad Pro weren’t faster than the very speedy previous generation, but there’s nothing definitive about how much faster yet. One possibility is that the new tablet benefits from chips manufactured to the 3nm process, but it’s equally plausible that they’ll just adopt the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips from the MacBook Pro, given the current version uses the M1.