Apple is running out of months to release its 2022 iPad Pros, actually in 2022, but they say they will arrive “in a matter of days” – and Apple is also working on a new paper for all of its iPads. pills.
This comes from the generally reliable Mark Gurman in Bloomberg (opens in new tab), which says the updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros will be running the latest Apple M2 processor for a performance boost of around 20%. The design is said to be similar to the current 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Gurman says the new tablets won’t guarantee an actual event – matching previous predictions – and while he says a new entry-level iPad with USB-C and a revamped design is also in the works, he doesn’t specify when that will appear (we think it might). appear at the same time as the iPad Pros).
Gurman has another interesting piece of information about the iPad to share: Apple is apparently also working on an iPad dock accessory that will turn its tablets into smart displays. It won’t be released this month, but it could be revealed sometime next year.
This is a market category we’ve been waiting for Apple to enter for a while: previous leaks (also from the same source, by the way) pointed to a HomePod with a screen or a 4K Apple TV with a screen, and now it looks like Apple might be arriving at the product from a different angle.
It matches the approach the Google Pixel Tablet is taking. When the budget list finally appears, we know it will come with an accessory that will essentially turn it into a Google Nest Hub when the tablet is docked.
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It’s no surprise that Apple is planning to release a dock that turns the iPad into a smart display — it’s such an obvious idea that even we thought of it. The iPad already comes with the Home app and Siri on board, so all the basics are there: all it takes is a power source and a little extra audio power.
As we mentioned, it’s an approach Google is taking with its Pixel Tablet, but Amazon is already there – Amazon Fire HD slates come with accessories that turn tablets into Echo Show displays when docked. It’s just a matter of some UI tweaks.
That means your tablet can do all the things you need while you carry it around the house, while also doing double duty as a home hub screen when you’re busy with something else – it’s not like many of us take our tablets out of the house. .
The only problem is that these smart-displays-that-are-really-just-docked-tablets might need a new name – to distinguish them from smart displays where you can’t separate the screen – so any suggestions are welcome. . Presumably, battery-powered smart displays that can be carried would be the logical next step…