Apple could launch new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Professionals as early as April, in accordance with Bloomberg report. The 12.9-inch mannequin might characteristic a brand new mini LED show, although each reportedly pack Thunderbolt 3 ports and processors “on par” with the Mac’s M1 chip. A brand new, bigger iPad Mini might additionally launch this 12 months.
The brand new iPad Professionals are anticipated to reuse the 2020 iPad Pro design, with its skinny bezels, flat edges, and enormous digicam bump. Nonetheless, reviews counsel that the tablets will characteristic up to date cameras and M1-grade processors. The 12.9-inch iPad Professional might additionally characteristic an up to date mini LED show, which ought to enhance picture high quality and battery life whereas avoiding the burn-in issues which might be widespread with OLED panels. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the corporate plans to switch the LCD panels in lower-end iPads with OLED panels, although it’s unclear if the rumored 11-inch iPad will sport an OLED show.
In its report, Bloomberg suggests that the brand new iPad Professionals will use Thunderbolt 3 ports rather than the standard USB-C ports. This manner, you may proceed to make use of USB-C chargers and equipment together with your iPad Professional, however with higher information switch charges and assist for Thunderbolt 3 equipment, equivalent to exterior shows. Apple already incorporates Thunderbolt 3 ports in its Macs, and shifting the know-how to the iPad Professional would make sense, even when among the cheaper iPads nonetheless use Lightning ports.
Apple might additionally launch a brand new iPad Mini this 12 months with a bigger display. Apple hasn’t up to date its smallest pill because it launched the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in 2019, and till then, there hadn’t been a brand new iPad Mini since 2015. A rumored replace to the base-model iPad may be on the horizon, however particulars for the brand new machine are scarce, and Apple already up to date the usual iPad in September 2020.