Keep an eye out for the next-gen iPad Pro when it launches next month. A. Bloomberg The report claims that Apple will release new iPad Pros starting in April, with updates to the iPad Mini and entry-level iPad later this year.
The new iPad Pros will look the same as the previous generation models, but will include a better processor “on par” with the M1 chip that powers today’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pros. The report said the updated iPad Pros will come in the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes as their predecessors.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, in particular, will feature a mini-LED display. Mini-LED displays for the iPad Pro have been rumored for some time. The display technology, which will be a step up from current LCD panels, promises richer images and better contrast. Apple is also rumored to be working on bringing a MacBook Pro with the same mini-LED display technology.
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Interestingly, a new report from Bloomberg also shed light on Apple’s ambitions to bring a Thunderbolt port to the iPad Pro. Right now, the iPad Pro uses a USB-C port which is useful but limited in nature. A Thunderbolt port is expected to offer faster data transfer than the USB-C port found on the iPad Pro.
Beyond the supercharged iPad Pro, Apple is also working on a “thinner and lighter” version of its entry-level iPad. The launch is scheduled for later this year, according to Bloomberg. The 9th-gen iPad is said to likely feature a 10.2-inch screen just like the existing model, but it would be significantly thinner and lighter. A new iPad Mini is also rumored to be in the works, with a screen larger than 7.9 inches. The next iPad Mini could be released “as soon as this year.”
Reports that Apple will hold a product launch event in April are becoming stronger, although the company has not acknowledged the existence of any such spring events. Previously, it was believed that Apple could hold an event on March 23. Apple could launch the new iPad Pros as well as the long-awaited AirTags at the event.