The next iPad and iPad Pro can bring many improvements

Apple recently updated its Back to School Goal Macbook Air with a new one System M2 and a better camera and display. However, Apple’s iPad lineup still needs to be updated in 2022. Midrange iPad Air got M1 chip back in spring but iPad for beginners and iPad Pro they are persistent until fall.

Apple is expected to hold launch events in September and October, similar to previous years. The iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 could be unveiled in September, and iPads could be saved for October, with an update iPadOS 16.

If you’ve been waiting for new iPad models, here’s what to expect.

iPad Mini and iPad Air have a new look. The entry-level iPad may join next.

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iPad for beginners: a new look plus USB-C

The entry-level iPad can be significantly upgraded based on the latest Mark Gurman and 9to5Mac reports. The current 9th-generation basic iPad still has a Lightning port and the original round Home Touch ID button, but the design may eventually change to fit iPad Mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models. That could mean flatter edges, a curved corner display, USB-C charging, and perhaps a side-mounted Touch ID button, almost like the budget iPad Air.

The entry-level iPad could get the A14 chip that was on the last-generation iPad Air, which would be an A13 upgrade from the current iPad, but less than the M1 on the Air and Pro models. If this is true, it could also mean that the primary iPad won’t be able to use the secondary one Stage Manager multitasking modes in iPadOS 16.

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This is not a big surprise, since in the entry fee iPad in a similar way a few years ago adopted the previous design of the iPad Air. The switch to USB-C charging seems too late.

This could also allow the Input iPad to work with the 2nd generation pencil, and possibly the Apple’s Magic Keyboard case line.

The 9to5Mac report also says the iPad could receive an optional 5G cellular network, which would be an upgrade to the LTE option on current models.

The price of the iPad entry fee may increase, however, which should be considered. In 2022, there has already been an increase in product prices due to inflationand the same can happen with the cheapest iPad.

Apple iPad Pro M1, two models side by side with keyboards

The iPad Pro received major improvements in early 2021. More should come in the fall.

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iPad Pro: Overdue Improvements

Meanwhile, the iPad Pro has not refreshed since then spring 2021when 5G was added, M1 chip and Mini LED display for the larger 12.9 inch version. The signs point to October for the new model.

Reports also indicate pros are getting the M2 chip that recently arrived in the MacBook line, which seems like the most obvious move. Other things that can and cannot change:

Will iPads finally fix camera position?

My biggest request for the iPad, apart from a major overhaul of the operating system to make it a better alternative to the Mac, is to fix the front camera placement. Magnification of iPad meetings in landscape mode (this is how they mostly orientate if you use any keyboard case) have cameras placed on the side.

While Apple’s Center Stage camera zoom technology helps a bit, it doesn’t fix eye contact issues – I usually look like I’m staring into space while my iPad Zooms. I would like to change the camera to the long edge but who knows if it’s in the cards this year. Apple hasn’t repositioned the camera on its latest iPad Air, so it seems unlikely.

the center of attention

My face still looks wrong during video calls on my iPad. This camera setup, although Center Stage helps a bit.

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Improved Magic Keyboard? Unclear

Apple’s two-year Magic Keyboard is useful, but it has some drawbacks: It lacks a row of function keys, is expensive, and cannot fold back into a reading or sketch folio orientation. It’s unlikely Apple will make the case cheaper, but I’d like to see an improved model with function keys and maybe even added USB-C / Thunderbolt ports. At the moment, no reports indicate that this will happen.

New pencil?

The Apple pencil is quite old now, and the second-generation model, while solid, is quite long and inconvenient to store. Will Apple ever consider a more compact pencil or one that could be stowed more easily in the iPad Pro design? Another programmable touch sensitive feature or two on the side would also be helpful. Again, there were no reports of this.

Possible MagSafe

Some rumors indicate that Pro tablets are adding wireless charging. Could it be MagSafe? MagSafe has appeared in recent Apple MacBook Pro computers, iMacs, and iPhones. The only strange thing about MagSafe so far is that each instance contained a different type of charger. Would Apple make the iPad Pro MagSafe another unique accessory other than the iPhone and MacBook versions? Apple’s magnetic Smart Connector for iPads already offers this kind of snap-on charging feature for devices like the Magic Keyboard, although few Smart Connector-compatible accessories remain.

Will the display technology be the same?

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 was the only model with an elevated Mini LED display, similar to the recent MacBook Pro, offering deeper blacks and more dynamic contrast. The 11-inch model still may not receive the Mini LED this year. Instead, 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPads may receive OLED displays as part of a future update.

Screen size: Probably will not change

A larger display for the iPad Pro could be a few more years. The MacRumors report suggests that two Apple vendors are preparing OLED displays in larger sizes (up to 15 inches) for future iPad models. However, these larger Pro tablets are not expected to arrive until 2023 or 2024.

Battery life

For me, iPads are fine. But the more power-hungry nature of the iPad Pro and its keyboard casing could mean that a useful battery upgrade is underway. In my experience, the iPad Air 2022’s battery life tends to charge faster than that of the M1 Air. The MacBook Air now outperforms the iPad in battery performance, and perhaps in 2022 the iPad Pro could catch up.

Right now, you might best hold off buying your iPad if you can. But in the meantime, here are some tips for choice between current iPads.

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