I don’t think there’s much point putting in any effort trying to figure out what products Apple plans to introduce (though that doesn’t mean people won’t try). If you can’t resist, there are plenty of rumors
–from a new iPad Pro, the mythical “AirTag,” to new Macs (including a redesigned iMac).
I think it’s more likely that we’ll see the introduction of the next Apple Silicon Macs at WWDC
, the company’s developer conference, which is only a handful of weeks away at this point. As for an iPad Pro
, there are a few reasons that makes more sense.
Mostly, the iPad Pro is in desperate need of an update. When Apple introduced the latest iPad Air in September, it made it difficult to justify the iPad Pro–at least the 11-inch version. The two were on par in almost every way, including the fact that they look like twins.
Yes, the iPad Pro had a better display, the LiDAR sensor, and Face ID instead of Touch ID, but the iPad Air sports an A14, whereas the Pro version is still rocking an A12Z–essentially a 3 year old chip.
I’ve long been a fan of the iPad Pro
. In fact, I’m using it now to write this issue. Mine is the 2018 version of the 11-inch model, and I love it, but it’s definitely time for an update. My wish list? Here you go:
Better multi-display support: I’d love it if I could use my iPad Pro with an external monitor without simply mirroring the iPad’s display, which doesn’t work well at all. This would mean iPadOS would need windowing support, but there’s no reason Apple can’t make that happen.
MiniLED Display: The current iPad Pros have what Apple calls a Liquid Retina Display, which is basically just an LCD with the corners rounded. That’s really all it means. There have been plenty of rumors that the next iPad Pro will sport MiniLED, with gives much better contrast by using very small, local dimming zones. There have been some reports that this is only coming to the 12.9-inch model, but I think that would be a mistake.
Move the FaceTime camera: The front-facing camera on the iPad Pro is along one of the short sides. That’s fine, except my iPad is almost always in landscape mode, meaning that camera is sitting along the left side of the iPad. It’s a pretty inconvenient location for, well, everything you might use it for. Apple released the Magic Keyboard last year for the iPad Pro, and it’s wonderful to use. That gives me hope that the company might change the location of the camera to sit at the top when the iPad is in a case or keyboard.