Apple hasn’t forgotten about iPad Pro: simply the new model – the sixth generation – it will arrive later, next fall. Mark Gurman says this in his weekly Bloomberg Power On newsletter, indeed he reiterates it since in the past he had not ruled out that the device needed more time than the freshly renewed Air range. It now remains to understand what will be different from the current generation, and above all how it can be defined as Pro compared to the iPad announced last week.
Therefore, having established that we will have to arm ourselves with patience before finding a new generation iPad Pro on the market, let’s try to understand how it can differentiate itself from the fifth generation of iPad Air. Yes, because precisely the newcomer has filled that gap with the Pro range which, paradoxically, risks creating some confusion among buyers: better a 5th generation iPad Air or the Pro announced last spring? Or again: perhaps the 3rd generation Pro 11 better? And what will be different about the Pro that Apple is expected to unveil this fall?
The differences between the two Pros and the new Air have narrowed. In common they have:
- chip M1
- Liquid Retina display (but on the 12.9 “Pro it is XDR and ProMotion, the latter technology is also found on the 11” Pro)
- 12MP rear main camera (single on Air, dual on other iPads)
- 12MP front camera (TrueDepth on Pros)
- USB-C connector (compatible with Thunderbolt 4 on Pros)
- compatibility with 2nd generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
- 8GB of RAM (16GB second option on Pros)
iPad Air 5th gen and iPad Pro 3rd gen also have the display size in common – 10.9 “the first, 11” the second), while iPad Pro 12.9 5th gen has a much larger screen (12.9 inches , in fact) and above all it is backlit by mini-LEDs.
Therefore it is expected that iPad Pro 6th generation may introduce important innovationsstarting with the new Apple M2 processor which should differentiate itself from the current proposal for the 10-core GPU:
- Apple M1:
- Octa-core CPU
- Octa-core GPU
- Apple M2:
- Octa-core CPU (4x performance, 4x efficiency)
- Deca-core GPU
- based on Apple A15
In addition, there are rumors of a revised design and the possible debut of the MagSafe charging. To understand how Apple will solve the problem, because the aluminum with which the iPad Pro is currently made represents an obstacle to the functioning of the technology. So the Cupertino company could opt for a completely new rear body, or simply for the insertion of a larger and glass Apple logo, so as to allow the transfer of energy from the magnetic pad to the battery. Maybe there could be room for a larger display too, in the wake of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Ultra (14.6 “).