It appears that Apple’s new iPad Air models will not share their M1 processors for very long, despite the fact that the iPad Pro models recently received an upgrade that included the same processor.
To summarise Mark Gurman’s latest Power On newsletter, he expects Apple to release a new generation of iPad Pro models with an improved M2 chip in the fall, which will provide a significant power boost over current models as well as the forthcoming iPad Air.
He also claims that the next generation of iPad Pros will feature the company’s MagSafe inductive charging technology, which is available on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models. This feature is already available on the current generation of iPads.
We do not yet know whether the iPad Pro models will receive any aesthetic updates to go along with the anticipated power boost. Face ID is currently housed in a notch at the top of the display, which has extremely thin bezels surrounding it. Face ID isn’t available on any of the iPad Air or iPad mini models, but they both have extremely thin bezels around their displays, much like the iPad Pro models. Touch ID is instead integrated into the power button.
Though little is known about the M2 chip so far, it is said to have the same eight-core CPU as the M1 chip, but a new 4-nanometer fabrication process will allow it to run at a higher clock speed than before.
Expect the new iPad Pro models to be unveiled in October, when the company typically unveils new iPads.