Apple’s new M2-powered iPad Pro models, new entry-level iPad reportedly coming soon

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Apple’s next product launch is just days away, according to Bloomberg News’ Mark Gurman. Apple is set to release new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, named J617 and J620, which feature the company’s M2 chip.

Apple’s current flagship iPad Pro M1 (5th Generation) features a 12.9-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display.

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

It’s the first update to the company’s line of business tablets in a year and a half, and the M2 chip is the biggest change. The processor will offer a nearly 20% speed boost… The new iPads will resemble last year’s pro model, bringing the same flat-edge design into its fourth year…

Apple is also working on a new entry-level tablet with a USB-C port and a design similar to the iPad Pro, bringing that look to another device. When it arrives, this new low-end iPad will be the most significant update to this line in several years and will mark a slight shift in strategy: the entry-level product typically only receives annual processor upgrades .

On the software side, Apple plans to release iPadOS 16.1 – the first iPad version of iOS 16 – around the week of October 24. Development should be finished the previous week if all goes according to plan. Apple’s quarterly earnings call takes place on October 27, and the company has typically launched new products in the days or weeks leading up to this report.

Taken from MacDailyNews: We’d like to see Apple at least preview the HomePod smart hub for the iPad docking unit that the company is reportedly planning. Although Apple doesn’t usually preview well before release, they did in some cases, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. Of course, there are no events scheduled for these new iPads, but it would make sense and likely boost sales of compatible iPads if they showed an upcoming companion product that would make your new iPad even more valuable” in early 2023. “.

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