The iPad Pro models are set to launch later today as Apple is expected to unveil the successor to the 2021 iPad Pro models that were powered by the previous generation M1 chips. The new iPad models are said to feature Apple’s M2 chip, which was featured on the recently launched 2022 MacBook Air model, and will reportedly be a slight upgrade over its predecessor. The new models are expected to arrive before the company announces its quarterly and full-year results on October 27.
According to a tweet from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the M2-powered iPad Pro model will launch later today. The tablet is said to be available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch display options, codenamed J617 and J620. The tablet is powered by Apple’s in-house M2 chip, which previously debuted on the new MacBook Air models, Gurman written down in his Power On newsletter.
Unlike Apple’s “Far Out” event to mark the launch of the iPhone 14 series, the company is unlikely to host a launch event for the new iPad Pro models. Gurman has previously stated that the new iPad Pro model will be announced via a press release on the company’s website.
Gurman also stated in his latest Power On newsletter that Apple has been working on a docking accessory for the iPad, sold separately. Bloomberg previously reported that the company was working on a standalone feature to pair the tablet with a speaker hub. Amazon is already doing something similar with its Fire tablets, as the company allows users to place the devices in a charging dock to prop them up like a smart display.
Google recently announced a docking accessory for its upcoming Pixel tablet that aims to double as a magnetic charging station and speaker. Once placed, the tablet works like a smart speaker with a display and support for the Google Assistant. Gurman noted that an iPad docking station could work similarly, potentially allowing users to make FaceTime calls and hands-free control of smart home devices.
Apple is also expected to announce the launch of iPadOS 16, the latest version of its operating system for iPad models. It was supposed to be released alongside iOS 16 but was postponed this year.