Rumors suggest that Apple will announce a new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro as soon as next month. The new iPads will be the first update to the iPad Pro series since April 2021 and will be a comprehensive, incremental upgrade that brings new capabilities and functionality to the latest iPads.
According to reports, Apple is planning an event in October to announce new iPad Pro models, a new iPad base line, and updates for Macs. As October approaches, we’ve outlined the five biggest features and changes to expect for the upcoming iPad Pro.
Reverse wireless charging
according to BloombergIn fact, Apple has been testing reverse wireless charging for the iPad Pro, which will allow iPad users to charge AirPods or iPhones by placing them on the back of the iPad. Rumors have indicated that Apple is eventually planning to bring dual charging to the iPhone for accessories like AirPods, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The upcoming iPad Pro is said to have two new four-pin connectors of some sort, distinct from the current three-pin smart connector in the iPad Pro. The current three-pin smart connector on the iPad Pro is used to connect accessories such as the Magic Keyboard. Including an updated four-pin connector can expand the type of accessories supported on your iPad.
The current iPad Pro features Apple’s M1 silicon chip that was announced in November 2020. The M1 chip was the first dedicated processor Apple unveiled in a Mac, after which it debuted in the iPad Pro. For the upcoming iPad Pro, Apple is expected to use the latest M2 chip that was announced last June. The M2 chip is up to 4 times faster than the M1 chip, according to Apple.
On the iPad Pro, the M2 chip will power features like Stage Manager, which comes with iPadOS 16, which allows users to link an iPad to an external display and have overlapping windows. iPadOS 16 will be released in October, according to Apple, likely alongside the updated iPad Pro.
The next iPad Pro is expected to include some form of wireless charging capability, according to a report from Bloomberg. According to the report, Apple is testing a glass back instead of an aluminum case for the upcoming iPads, which will allow wireless charging. Apple is also reportedly considering adding MagSafe to the iPad, but how it will be implemented is still unknown.
New Apple Pencil
An April 2021 video allegedly shows the third generation Apple Pencil with a glossy finish and a redesigned tip. Despite the alleged leak, Apple hasn’t announced a new Apple Pencil since the second-generation model debuted in 2018, making it nearly four years old. We’re not expecting major design changes to the Apple Pencil but there could be some latency improvements thanks to internal hardware upgrades and software improvements.