At the time of writing we’re still waiting for the 2021 iPad Pro line to appear, but excitingly Apple has just announced a Spring event for 20th April. Potentially showcasing several new products, it is certain to include the iPad Pro. Plenty of speculation abounds as to what we can expect from the latest iterations, so let’s take a closer look.
We’re anticipating two new models of iPad Pro (the same sizes as the current models: 11 in and 12.9 in). The 2021 design is likely be a tweak rather than a complete overhaul, sources suggest. The devices could also be 0.5 mm thicker. While the design modifications might be tweaks, the screen technology improvements are set to be significant.
The larger of the two iPads is expected to showcase a mini LED screen rather than the LCD screen of the 2020 model. Mini LED is a more effective way of backlighting an LCD screen. Fitting more smaller – mini – LED diodes behind LCD pixels means images can be brighter, so the light emitting diodes in an LED screen guarantee a higher quality display with improved colour reproduction and contrast. (OLED screens are possibly on the horizon in 2022, but more on that at a later date.)
The next generation of iPad Pros are also expected to be more powerful and energy efficient with an updated processor. Rumours are swirling that the 2021 iPad Pros will benefit from an ‘M1-like processor’. M1s are the powerful CPUs used inside today’s crop of MacBooks, so you can expect the forthcoming iPad Pros to pack a mighty punch.
An updated magic keyboard could be released alongside the iPad Pro. This useful add-on is available to purchase separately and improvements may include an inbuilt mic to improve audio and video calls, and vibration sensors.
It’s also widely suspected that the 2021 iPad Pro will come with 5G capabilities. Expect to need a data contract to make use of this function, however.
The camera technology might be tweaked – our spies suggest that the LiDAR sensor on the 2020 iPad Pro is to be dropped in favour of a third camera. Perhaps Apple decided that not enough people were making use of the LiDAR tool (used to improve augmented reality environments, but not of great benefit to most iPad Pro users).
We’ve heard rumours that the delay in Apple’s expected release of the 12.9 inch iPad Pro Mini LED has partly been down to the current global chip shortage that is causing headaches for the tech industry. It’s possible then that the smaller iPad Pro may well end up being released before the Mini LED.
We’ll continue to watch this space.
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