There’s a lot of focus right now on the new iPhones Apple is set to release in September, but we’re also expecting a new entry-level 10.2-inch 2022 iPad and two new 2022 iPad Pro models in the coming months – and we’ve just gotten a few more. information about upcoming slates.
According to well-known informant Mark Gurman in Bloomberg (opens in new tab) and sources talking to 9to5Mac (opens in new tab)Apple is planning an event in October to launch its three new tablets, which could appear alongside new and updated M2 versions of the Mac Mini, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
The most affordable iPad in the range, the 10.2-inch model, is apparently getting some very important upgrades: the port will switch from Lightning to USB-C (to match Apple’s other iPads) and the screen may get a boost in resolution as well as increase in size to 10.5 inches or 10.9 inches. Internally, it must be upgraded to the A14 Bionic chip.
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As for the two iPad Pro models – replacing the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 released last year – rumor has it that these slates will be upgraded to the latest M2 processor, with mini-LED screens for both models (previously exclusives). for the largest) and the introduction of MagSafe battery and charging technology to match iPhones.
This is an impressive list of updates and should ensure that there is a lot of interest in the new models. Gurman also reports that iPadOS 16 has been delayed while issues with Stage Manager are resolved, but will be ready for October.
We’ve seen some reports suggesting that these new iPads will launch in September with the iPhones, and while Apple unveiled new tablets in September, this time it seems more likely that there will be another event in October.
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If we needed another reminder of how good Apple’s hardware ecosystem is, the next few months should provide it. First up, we have the iPhone 14 lineup, arguably the best lineup of smartphones on the market right now, with some exciting new updates apparently on the way.
As we report here, tablets and computers should follow. Again, these are devices at the forefront of their respective fields. We should also see the Apple Watch 8 soon, the smartwatch that other smartwatches want to be.
Phones, tablets, wearables, computers… it’s an impressive array of products, and one that companies like Samsung and Google are trying to match. So far, though, no one has come close to Apple in terms of setting up the hardware and software ecosystem.
If there’s one weakness when it comes to Apple’s offerings, it’s services: think Apple Mail versus Gmail, for example, or Apple TV Plus versus Netflix. This is where Apple lags behind the competition, which is why the company has been investing so much in these digital services in recent years.