Based on the latest in the rumor mill, we’ll still get new iPad Pro tablets from Apple for 2022 – but the jump in specs and performance might not be as significant as it could have been.
The well-known (and generally well-informed) Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo (opens in new tab) says that the new iPad Pro models will enter the mass production phase in the last quarter of 2022 (so October, November and December).
However, Kuo also claims that Apple vendor TSMC won’t have its 3nm chips ready until 2023, so the iPad Pro will stick with a 5nm chipset. This number is a size in nanometers, and the smaller, the more performance can be packed into a processor.
Crushing the numbers
While Kuo says the iPad Pros will indeed receive new chipsets — current models currently run the M1 chip — they will retain the current 5nm architecture. The recently released M2 chip is also a 5nm processor and could appear in upcoming iPad Pro tablets.
It’s a similar story for the updated MacBook Pro models that we expect to see before 2022. The updated M2 Pro or M2 Max chipsets look set to launch sometime in 2023, and after that, we’ll have another wave of Apple computers ahead.
All of which means that while this year’s iPad Pros will be faster than last year’s, the performance jump won’t be as big as a switch to 3nm would be (see also iPhone 15). Another improvement that the drop to 3nm should bring is better battery life, as the chips should be significantly more energy efficient.
Analysis: What we think we know so far
It was in April 2021 that the fifth generation iPad Pros were announced: the 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021. side dish.
As mentioned in the article above, improved performance is to be expected – but it remains to be seen whether Apple will use an upgraded M1 Pro or M1 Max processor or the newer M2 processor. We can also see an increase in terms of internal RAM and internal storage options.
Aside from the core specs, it looks like the connectors used to connect peripherals are also changing, which could mean you need to buy an entirely new magic keyboard. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple also introduced MagSafe charging technology to the iPad Pro lineup, as it did with its iPhones.
There is still some time to wait before all of this is revealed, however. While the iPhone 14 is scheduled to be unveiled in September, most reports are saying the iPad Pros won’t be showing until October – when iPadOS 16 will finally be ready.