Even though Apple’s ‘Peek Performance’ event in March did not reveal anything beyond a new iPad Air 5, we still anticipate a new iPad Pro in 2022.
But since the first iPad’s release, Apple has updated its high-end tablet annually except for 2019. After one of the most significant upgrades ever with the iPad Pro, we can’t wait to find out what Apple has planned for us in 2022. There are presently very few rumors. We expect to learn more details about the upcoming iPad Pro in the not-too-distant future, since its release date may soon be announced.
While Apple’s iPad 10.2-inch (2021) is an excellent budget tablet, the company is secretly developing a new generation of tablets at Apple Park, as we write. Also, if the rumors of a revamp and other major changes to the iPad this year are accurate, its debut later this year might be one of the most thrilling and revolutionary in the device’s 10-year history.
Learn all the latest details on the iPad (2022), including its rumored debut date, price, and design/feature leaks. If you want to stay abreast of the newest developments, bookmark this page and keep checking back. We also have some suggestions for improvements if Apple is open to feedback (listen to us, Tim Cook!).
Apple iPad 2022: Expected Release Date, Pricing, and Availability
Recent leaks suggest that, contrary to Apple’s usual practice, the iPad Pro models should premiere at the end of 2022. According to most rumors, this would be the case for all iPads except the reported 14-inch iPad, which is expected to debut in early 2023.
You can’t anticipate the new iPad Pros to be inexpensive since they are Apple’s most costly line of tablets. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) launched at $1,099 for the base variant and soared to a whopping $2,399 for the top-end variant. The 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) was priced at $799 for the base variant, while the top variant carried a price tag of $2,099.
In a stunning turn of events, a piece of leaked information on the iPad Pro (2022) suggests that the tablets will be cheaper. According to rumors, the 11-inch model with 128GB of storage and cellular connection would cost $799, whereas the 12.9-inch model with the same features will cost $1,099.
These costs are lower than the 2021 model’s equivalent configurations; therefore, the 2022 series might be lighter on the pocket.
Apple iPad Pro 2022: Design Enhancements
The iPad Pro line in 2022 is anticipated to be available in the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes as its predecessors. However, rumors of upcoming design tweaks for the iPad Pro 2022 have surfaced.
New speculation says that the iPad Pro 2022 will look quite similar to the iPad Pro 2019, with the exception of a switch from the three-pin Smart Connector to a four-pin, which might be located on the top and bottom edges. This might facilitate the powering of accessories and point to the potential for wireless charging.
Apple may be planning to include a notch in the display of the iPad Pro, much like the anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra or the 2021 MacBook Pro. Newer information from 9to5Mac suggests that although Apple is thinking about it, it hasn’t made up its mind yet.
The iPad Pro employs Face ID for identification, which results in a huge camera profile, so a notch may render a little more appeal here than on MacBooks. Although a notch may lead to further narrower bezels, the feature is unlikely to catch on.
Bigger OLED screen for 2022 iPad?
It has been speculated that Apple is developing a 15-inch iPad to compete with bigger smart screens. Apple’s display components supplier BOE has reportedly converted its factories to create 15-inch OLED panels. A 14-inch iPad may also make an appearance in 2022, according to one tipster. This variant may include a larger memory and RAM capacity by configuration, allowing for improved overall performance, in addition to a larger display.
OLED panels on the iPad Pro, so the reports go, won’t be available until 2024. Therefore, it seems that the LCD 11-inch model and the mini LED 12.9-inch variant that we received in the 2021 edition will remain the only two options.
Apple iPad Pro 2022: mini LEDs
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which Apple refreshed last year with mini-LED display technology, will keep using this same display in 2022. It was speculated that Apple might also replace the 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display, but this seems unlikely due to supply and pricing issues.
Apple has dubbed iPad Pro’s mini-LED screen the “Liquid Retina XDR display,” It boasts HDR, P3 wide color gamut and true-to-life details. The current display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro employs more than 10,000 LEDs over the rear of the screen, enabling up to 1,000 nits of brightness for the entire screen, up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a one million-to-1 contrast ratio.
Ross Young, a display expert, has speculated that Apple may not update the 11-inch iPad Pro to mini-LED since the 12.9-inch iPad is doing so well. The higher cost of incorporating mini-LED display technology into the 11-inch iPad Pro this year has been cited by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple iPad Pro 2022: M2 Chipset
Instead of using an A-series processor like regular iPads, the 2021 iPad Pro variants switched to the same M1 chip seen in the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro.
So that the iPad Pro’s efficiency is on pace with Apple’s Macs, Apple is believed to be considering to keep using Mac CPUs for upcoming iPad Pros. Apple is widely anticipated to use the M2 processor — which debuted with the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro — in the 2022 iPad Pro refresh. There are 8 CPU cores and 8 to 10 GPU cores in the M2 processor.
MagSafe Charging and Reverse Wireless Charging
The second rumored redesign feature comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and involves the addition of a glass back to support wireless charging. While this has always been a part of non-SE iPhones from Apple, there is speculation that it may take wireless charging to a new level by being able to charge other gadgets wirelessly.
The upcoming iPad Pro may enable reverse wireless charging in addition to MagSafe wireless charging, allowing users to charge their iPhones, AirPods, and other devices by placing them on the iPad’s backside. Although it feels thrilling to know this rumor, it seems more like a long-term aim (though still generations away) of having devices charge one another wirelessly.
Apple may be considering and even prototyping a glass back for the iPad Pro, but owing to worries about potential damage, they may instead go for a bigger Apple logo made of glass which would permit wireless charging.
If Apple goes with a glass Apple logo, the magnets on a MagSafe charger will sync up with the glass and power up your device quickly. It has been reported that one of the iPads under development has a MagSafe with more powerful magnets than those found in the iPhone, which would enable prompt wireless charging.
Apple Pencil and Titanium chassis
There have been reports that Apple is developing a new Apple Pencil, but so far, all the news about it has come from early 2021. Whether or not a new Apple Pencil will be released is still unknown. Back in 2021, there were speculations that a black Apple Pencil would be available, but it never happened.
If rumors from DigiTimes are to be believed, Apple is developing a titanium chassis for the iPad to substitute the aluminum used in recent models. However, titanium is a costly material, so this may be improbable or a feature reserved for the most pricey iPads.
Improved Accessibility Features
Apple has taken the unprecedented step of announcing a slew of new and enhanced accessibility capabilities coming to iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 later this year. However, whether these improvements are limited to the iPad Pro series is unclear. Although enhancements like Door Detection are designed mainly for iPhone users, a few enhancements tailored specifically to the iPad are on the horizon.
Live Captioning is expected to be one of the most used accessibility features in iPadOS 16. Video chats on platforms like Zoom and FaceTime, in addition to social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, will all benefit from the feature’s ability to instantly caption any sound being broadcast.
Additionally, the capability may be utilized in the real world to enable captioning while chatting to a nearby person, making it very useful for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Also Read: iPadOS 16 — All Features of the Upcoming OS!
Under-display Face ID
The under-display camera and Face ID tech have been speculated to find their way to the iPad Pro before debuting on the iPhone. However, this is a far-fetched rumor and is unlikely to appear on the 2022 variants.
Many display experts speculated that an iPad might have an under-panel Face ID before an iPhone did, partly because the technology would be simpler to implement beneath an iPad’s bigger display with a lower pixel density. There are fewer iPads built than iPhones, so it is simpler to launch and expand.
We are also optimistic about the technology, we think it has a higher chance of making its way to an iPad than an iPhone.
Apple iPad Pro 2022: Features & Hardware We Want
To tell you the truth, the iPad Pro is already a great product, and it is difficult for us to identify any significant shortcomings that require immediate correction. Despite this, we do have a small checklist of things.
To clarify, the battery life of the 2021 iPad Pro is pretty impressive; nevertheless, it is notable that the 12.9-inch variant has a hard time going over 10 hours. If this indicates that the mini-LED display consumes more energy than the IPS display, then we can only hope that the upcoming iPad Pro improves the energy consumption.
Diverse Color Options
There are presently just two color options for the iPad Pro: space gray and silver. This does not provide a lot of room for customization. Apple has explored many color models for its iPhone 13 and the 24-inch iMac. It would be wonderful if customers had the choice to purchase a more vibrant iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro devices are extremely pricey tablets. On top of that, if you buy additional accessories like Apple Pencils or download numerous applications, you can find yourself shelling out a significant amount of money just to use the gadget.
The iPad Air 4 does provide many of the same specifications as the Pro versions at a lesser price but falls short in a few places. It would be better if Apple made it more affordable to buy the upcoming iPad Pro (2022) without coughing up cash for the enormous price tag.
Although the most powerful iPad Pro (2021) has 16GB of RAM, app developers claim that the tablet caps RAM use at 5GB per application.
Several developers have voiced concerns that this restriction may hinder the development and distribution of apps like augmented reality applications and editing software that require large amounts of RAM.
The future of iPad software may be affected by a limit on the amount of RAM applications may use. We hope this limit is removed in time for the iPad Pro in 2022, or perhaps even sooner.
This brings us to the end of our rumor roundup and expected features. While we are super excited to see what the Cupertino giant has in store for us, we think we will get to hear a lot more Chinese whispers before the final product makes a debut! Stay tuned to us for all the information that surfaces for the iPad Pro 2022!