Apple last updated the iPad Pro line in May 2021 and development of the next generation is well underway. But when will it arrive, what design changes will it have, and what new features and technology will it include?
In this article, we collect all the news and leaks that we have been able to know about the new iPad Pro of 2022.
When will the next iPad Pro be announced?
It is expected that the new iPad Pro models will be announced in the fall of 2022, most likely during a special event that should be held in September (along with the iPhone 14) or October.
Some optimists believe the new Pros will arrive during the Spring Event in March or April, but we’d be surprised if that were the case. Apple has never released two generations of iPad Pro within a year of each other, typically waiting 14-17 months between releases.
These are the versions:
- iPad Pro (5th generation): May 2021
- iPad Pro (4th generation): March 2020
- iPad Pro (3rd generation): November 2018
- iPad Pro (2nd generation): June 2017
- iPad Pro (1st generation): November 2015 and March 2016
So far, there haven’t been too many leaks directly from the supply chain, which would indicate that the development process isn’t very far along yet.
How much will the new iPad Pro (2022) cost?
For now, we can only speculate on the price of the new model, as Apple hasn’t made any announcements about it yet. In this sense, we must orient ourselves with the launch prices of the latest generations.
This was the base price of the models at launch:
- iPad Pro 12.9″ (2021): $1,119 / MXN$28,999
- iPad Pro 11″ (2021): $879 / MXN$20,999
- iPad Pro 12.9″ (2020): $1,099 / MXN$26,499
- iPad Pro 11″ (2020): $879 / MXN$20,999
With that in mind, we think Apple will stick to $1,119 / MXN 28,999 for the larger model, while the 11-inch iPad Pro could be the same price for the third year in a row.
The new features that will come to the iPad Pro 2022
What surprises has Apple prepared for the 2022 update?
Updated panel for iPad Pro 11″
One of the loudest rumors so far is that the 11-inch iPad Pro will also introduce the mini-LED display, which we’ve already found in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2021. This technology allows more control over contrast and improves colors and maximum screen brightness.
If you haven’t yet been able to test this technology that Apple calls Liquid Retina XDR, we advise you to take a look at our review of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2021. It’s also believed to come to the next MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
15″ giant screen
Speaking of screens, we present to you a rather unlikely rumor. Could Apple prepare an iPad with a 15″ screen instead of 12.9″?
Some supply chain sources say an Apple partner is working on huge 15-inch OLED panels that could be coming to the iPad at some point. Bloomberg Mark Gurman claims to have tested iPads from 14″ to 16″.
We don’t think that will be the case this year as it looks like they are in the early stages of product development and shouldn’t be for another year or two. In any case, when it does (if it does), it will surely be much more expensive (even) than it is now.
Glass back and wireless charging
Various publications, including BloombergThey assure that the new iPad Pro will have glass backs and not the current aluminum ones. This would introduce wireless charging to the iPad lineup for the first time.
Although it’s been rumored that Apple might get rid of all ports, we suspect that won’t happen just yet, as business users like to be able to plug in accessories. Wireless charging would be a good complement and not a substitute for USB-C.
The introduction of wireless charging could mean the arrival of another popular feature on Android devices: reverse charging. Apple could turn the iPad into a kind of charging station for the iPhone 13 or the Apple Watch Series 7.
M1 Pro or M1 Max processor
Apple always likes to include its best processors in its tablets professionals, which makes them incredibly powerful. If so, we could see the arrival of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips (which we first saw in the 2021 MacBook Pros) in the 2022 iPad Pros.