Apple is rumored to be announcing new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros as early as next month. The new iPads will be the first update to the iPad Pro series since April 2021 and will be a general, incremental update that brings new features and functionality to the highest-end iPad.
Apple is reportedly planning an event in October to announce new iPad Pro models, a new base iPad, and Mac updates. As October approaches, we’ve outlined the five biggest features and changes we’re looking forward to in the upcoming iPad Pro.
Reverse wireless charging
According to Bloomberg, Apple is testing reverse wireless charging for the iPad Pro, which will allow iPad users to charge their AirPods or iPhone by placing them on the back of the iPad. Rumor has it that Apple is eventually planning to introduce two-way charging on the iPhone for accessories like AirPods, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The upcoming iPad Pro will reportedly have two new four-pin connectors, different from the iPad Pro’s current three-pin Smart Connector. The current three-pin “smart jack” on the “iPad Pro” is used to connect accessories such as the Magic Keyboard. The inclusion of an updated four-pin connector may expand the type of accessories supported on the iPad.
The current “iPad Pro” is powered by Apple’s M1 silicon chip, announced in November 2020. The “M1” chip was the first dedicated processor that Apple introduced to the Mac, after which it made its debut in the “iPad Pro”. In the upcoming iPad Pro, Apple is expected to use the new M2 chip, which was announced in June this year. According to Apple, the “M2” chip is up to 4 times faster than the “M1” chip.
In the iPad Pro, the M2 chip will support features such as the Stage Manager that ships with iPadOS 16, which allows users to link the iPad to an external display and have overlapping windows. According to Apple, iPadOS 16 will be released in October, most likely alongside an updated iPad Pro.
The next “iPad Pro” is expected to include some form of wireless charging, according to a report from Bloomberg. According to the report, Apple is testing a glass back instead of an aluminum case for future iPads to enable wireless charging. Apple is also reportedly considering adding MagSafe to the iPad, but how that will be implemented is still unknown.
New Apple Pencil
An April 2021 video allegedly showed off a third-generation Apple Pencil with a glossy finish and a redesigned tip. Despite the alleged leak, Apple hasn’t announced a new “Apple Pencil” since the second-generation model debuted in 2018, meaning it’s almost four years old. We don’t expect major design changes to the “Apple Pencil”, but some latency improvements are possible thanks to internal hardware updates and software optimizations.