There are never enough Apple iPads, and the company is planning to release a Pro with an M2 chip, according to Mark Gurman.
Even though Apple recently showed off a new iPad Air at its Peek Performance event, another iPad might be on the way, as reported by Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter. The celebrated Apple watcher claims the company will ship the new iPad Pro with some updates, including a rumored M2 chip and support for MagSafe charging.
The current iPad Pro has been growing long in the tooth, with the last major update in 2018. That version brought less rounded corners, an edge-to-edge display, and a USB-C connector. It was about 18 months after Apple released the iPad Pro 10.5 in 2017.
It seems the cycle is repeating itself this year. With a rumored release date between September and November, Apple again took about one and a half years to get the new iPad Pro ready since the M1 iPad Pro was released in May 2021.
Apple conspicuously left out the iPad Pro during the Peek Performance event while showing off the iPad Air in the company of other hardware. However, Gurman had projected last year that the iPad Pro would be equipped with wireless charging and carry a glass backing. This is supported by another report by 9to5Mac, even though there are claims that Apple has abandoned the glass back. Instead, it would limit itself to a glass Apple logo, which is smart if you ask us. iPhones with broken glass backs are enough torture already!
Meanwhile, we still don’t know much about the M2 chip because Apple has not publicly acknowledged its existence. However, Gurman predicts the semiconductor would be slightly faster than the M1 while using the same eight-core architecture. This is hardly surprising if it turns out to be true because Apple has been doing incremental updates across many of its hardware recently.
Gurman also believes the M2 chip is coming to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and the 24-inch iMac. All of them are rumored for a release later this year. But the analysts don’t all agree on whether the M2 would power the MacBook Air, as Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to sport the M1.
Meanwhile, Gurman also reports Apple is working on another way of owning an iPhone; a subscription service, just like Apple Music. “The company is planning to eventually let users subscribe to hardware and pay monthly—in the same fashion as iCloud, Apple Music or TV+. Under the plan, which will probably be available from the Apple online store and physical retail stores at checkout, users will likely be able to swap out their iPhone annually for the new model. The pricing structure won’t simply be the price of the iPhone split up over 12 to 24 months like standard carrier or Apple installment plans. It will be more like the subscription that Peloton Interactive Inc. is testing out for its bikes or a car lease.”
Additionally, Apple is trying to retain talent by offering a one-time bonus worth up to $200,000. It would be the second time that Apple is doling out money in recent times. The first time benefited some engineers working on virtual and augmented reality within the company. This time, the bonus is going to some hardware and software engineers.
Apple is feeling the competition for top talents as rivals such as Meta are aggressively luring away engineers to work on their VR and AR plans.