This year, Apple’s most exciting iPads may not be Pro models

This year, Apple's most exciting iPads may not be Pro models
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Rumors of a 14.1-inch iPad have changed. Last week, supply chain analyst Ross Young predicted that the potential device would be branded as an iPad Pro and would feature the Mini LED/ProMotion display, like the one found on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Now, however, Young predicts that the 14.1-inch tablet won’t have a Mini LED or a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate display, depending a report of MacRumors.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are also rumors that the entry-level iPad, which currently retails for $329 and features a 10.2-inch screen, will get a big upgrade. level with modern connectivity and specifications.

iPad users will soon want more screen real estate with a new multitasking user interface and new display scaling modes.
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A 14.1-inch iPad without Pro features and cutting-edge screen tech seems a little confusing at first – wouldn’t power users want the bigger screen and all the premium features? — but the move makes sense. Apple recently announced a new multitasking feature for iPadOS, called Stage Manager, which will arrive later this year and which will benefit from additional screen real estate. In my opinion, at least, it wouldn’t hurt Apple to avoid the astronomical prices of the first iPad that could really take advantage of the system (although Samsung is charging around $1,000 for its 14.6-inch tablet, so cheaper does not necessarily mean actually affordable). That said, the people who would appreciate the screen the most would be iPadOS enthusiasts, who probably wouldn’t like having to choose between getting a bigger canvas or sticking with the Pro 12’s beautiful display tech. 9 inches.

Young predicts the 14.1-inch iPad will be released in the first quarter of 2023.

Part of Apple’s reported decision not to max out the 14.1-inch display could come down to supply chain considerations. Looking at the delivery times for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it looks like Apple is having a hard time keeping up with demand for the Mini LED-equipped tablet. The company’s website predicts that it would take me over two weeks to get the base model of the big Pro, while I could get the 11-inch version, or the Air, within hours. Some configurations of the MacBook Pro, which has a 14.2-inch Mini LED display, also seem relatively hard to find.

For Apple’s entry-level iPad, supplying Mini LED panels probably won’t be a concern for enough some time. However, 9to5Mac reports that the tablet will receive a refresh later this year, which will include a 2360 x 1640 display – the same resolution as the current iPad Air. The current model screen is 2160 x 1620, so it seems likely that the screen will get slightly larger.

9 to 5 also reports that the upgraded iPad will join all other current iPad models in having a USB-C connector instead of a Lightning connector and will also get 5G capabilities. It would also feature Apple’s A14 chip, a step up from the current model’s A13. The report doesn’t mention whether the company will update the tablet’s design as well as its capabilities, but if it does get a new screen and port, it would be very odd if its body didn’t change as well. (Also, how could you fit both a bigger screen and a home button in the same space?)

As for the iPad Pro range, Bloombergby Mark Gurman planned last week that they will receive refreshments later this year (they were launched in April 2021). They are expected to get the M2 chip announced by Apple at WWDC. Rumors last year were that the 11-inch iPad Pro would get Mini LED, but those were also recently reversed – Young and noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both predicted that the smaller iPad Pro won’t get the advanced display technology. While Apple’s “desktop-class” upgrades to iPadOS may well gel with an upgraded desktop-class processor, it’s not exactly the most exciting upgrade. These, it seems, could belong to the low-end iPads.

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