Last March, Apple updated the iPad Pro line with a new processor, better camera, improved mics, and trackpad support. A few rumors suggest that this year the company will host an event on March 23 to announce new devices, including next-gen iPad Pros.
However, we haven’t heard from Apple, and a new report from Bloomberg suggests we’ll see the new iPads in April.
If you expect any visual changes in the iPad Pro line, you might be disappointed. The sizes – 12.9 inches and 11 inches – will remain the same, and there won’t be any major design changes from the previous generation.
One of the biggest updates Apple is introducing is a mini LED display that will supposedly improve contrast ratios and brightness. In a recent investor note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said mini-LED technology is coming at least to the 12.9-inch model.
Display technology is already picking up, and the world’s biggest TV makers have already released models at CES in January. You can read more about these TVs and mini LED technology here.
In its report, Bloomberg said the new iPad Pros will also benefit from “an updated processor that is comparable to the faster M1 chip in the latest MacBook Air. So we could see an M1X tuned for Apple tablets. This will definitely bring more power to iPads and likely provide a platform for developers to tune their iOS apps to run better on Macs.
In addition to that, the next generation iPad Pros will also benefit from a Thunderbolt port. In essence, this will still be a USB-C port, but it will allow you to better connect peripherals such as external monitors and hard drives.
We are not expecting any changes to the iPad Air or iPad Mini during this event. However, another recent note from Kuo suggested the Air might get an OLED display in 2022, which sounds exciting.
We’ll be covering everything iPad-related on Plugged, so stay tuned.
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Published March 18, 2021 – 12:53 UTC