Five rumored features for the new iPad Pro expected next month.
Apple is rumored to unveil new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models as soon as next month. The new iPads will be the first update to the iPad Pro line since April 2021. It will be an incremental update that will add new capabilities and features to the top end of the iPad.
Apple is planning an event in October to announce the new iPad Pro models, a new iPad base and Mac upgrades. Looking ahead to October, we break down the top five features and changes to the upcoming iPad Pro.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the next iPad Pro is expected to include some form of wireless charging. Apple has been testing a glass back instead of an aluminum casing or a larger Apple glass logo for the next iPad, which would allow for wireless charging, although Apple has had some difficulty implementing the technology. Apple is also considering adding MagSafe to the iPad, but how it will be implemented is still unknown.
The upcoming iPad Pro will have two new four-pin connectors, different from the current three-pin Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. The current three-pin Smart Connector on the iPad Pro is used to connect accessories such as the Magic Keyboard. The inclusion of an updated four-pin connector could expand the types of accessories compatible with the iPad.
The current iPad Pro is equipped with Apple’s M1 chip, announced in November 2020. The M1 chip was Apple’s first Mac-specific processor, and a few months later it was also used in the iPad Pro. Apple is expected to use the new M2 chip for the upcoming iPad Pro, which was announced last June. The M2 chip is up to 20% faster than the M1 chip, according to Apple.
In the iPad Pro, the M2 chip will power features such as Stage Manager, which comes with iPadOS 16 and allows users to connect an iPad to an external display and have overlay windows. iPadOS 16 will launch in October, Apple says, likely alongside the updated iPad Pro.
New Apple Pencil?
In a video from April 2021, the third-generation Apple Pencil would have been shown with a glossy finish and redesigned tip. Despite the alleged leak, Apple hasn’t announced a new Apple Pencil since the second-generation model was introduced in 2018, making it nearly four years old.
It’s been over a year since we’ve heard any significant rumors about a new Apple Pencil, so it’s unclear where things stand at this point. If there is indeed a new Apple Pencil, we don’t expect any major design changes, but there could be some latency improvements, thanks to internal hardware upgrades and software optimizations.
Reverse wireless charging?
According to Bloomberg, Apple has been testing reverse wireless charging for the iPad Pro, which would allow iPad users to charge their AirPods or iPhone by placing them on the back of the iPad. Apple is rumored to be planning to also introduce two-sided charging for accessories such as AirPods for the iPhone, but this has not yet happened.