In 2015, the first-generation iPad Pro came out, with a 12.9-inch body, Retina screen, rounded borders, A9X chip, and 8 million rear cameras. With such a configuration, it can be said to be the best in that year.
The time comes to 2022, and the iPad Pro series has changed to the fifth generation (iPad Pro 2021). According to the time of product launch, the iPad Pro series will usher in a new round of upgrades. Many online reports say that Apple plans to announce the sixth generation of iPad Pro at this fall conference.
14.1-inch iPad Pro: from 16GB+512GB
Foreign media PHONEARENA reported that Apple is developing a 14.1-inch iPad Pro, equipped with an M2 chip, as well as standard 16GB memory and 512GB storage.
14.1 inches is a new size for the iPad Pro series. Since the release of the original iPad Pro, 12.9 inches has always been the largest size that consumers can buy.
With 16 GB of memory, the iPad Pro 2021 will only be equipped with 1TB and above versions, and 512GB and below versions will be equipped with 8GB of memory.
Apple may have developed the 14.1-inch iPad Pro to better match iPadOS 16. Compared with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the larger screen looks less cramped when the former uses foreground scheduling and multitasking windows.
When users use foreground scheduling and multitasking on iPad Pro, the background cache data will increase. Compared with 8GB, 16GB has twice the memory, which can reduce the probability of the system killing the background.
It should be noted that it is reported that the 14.1-inch iPad Pro is equipped with 16GB LPDDR4X memory, not LPDDR5. In fact, as early as 2020, LPDDR5 is almost standard for Android flagships. If the news is true, then the 14.1-inch iPad Pro's memory is weaker than the current Android flagship in terms of performance, power consumption and transmission bandwidth.
14.1-inch iPad Pro: up to 4TB
Now that the screen and memory of the 14.1-inch iPad Pro have been expanded, storage will not fall. Foreign media PHONEARENA mentioned in a report that the 14.1-inch iPad Pro supports up to 4TB of storage.
Considering that the iPad Pro is currently on sale, the official provides five storages: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB, and the first three storages are only 8GB.
Following this logic, the 14.1-inch iPad Pro may also offer five levels of storage, including 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB.
Earlier, Apple said at the press conference that the M2 supports up to 24GB of memory. Combined with the combination of previous iPad Pro series storage combinations, the 3TB and 4TB versions of the 14-inch iPad Pro may be equipped with 24GB of LPDDR 5 memory.
Usually, Apple will give you all the top-of-the-line hardware as long as the money is there. Of course, it is also possible that in order to distinguish it from the MacBook Pro series, the 14.1-inch iPad Pro only supports up to 16GB of memory, or up to 24GB of LPDDR4X memory.
The new iPad Pro: All systems support MagSafe
Apple's development of a 14.1-inch iPad Pro doesn't mean the 12.9-inch will be axed. Twitter blogger Majin Bu said the new iPad Pro comes in three sizes: 14.1, 12.9 and 11. Moreover, the three iPad Pros will usher in new changes in appearance, such as the narrowing of the screen frame.
From a technical point of view, to further narrow the bezels of the iPad Pro, Apple may use the same notch screen as the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Since the body of the iPad Pro is not as thin as the single screen of the 14-inch MacBook Pro, it can pack more components, so the new iPad Pro will still retain the Face ID.
Not only that, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman broke the news that the new iPad Pro will fully support MagSafe magnetic charging, and the metal on the back of the fuselage may be changed to glass.
Compared with the same MagSafe on the iPhone, I personally prefer the MagSafe on the MacBook Pro, because the MagSafe experience on the iPhone is not good, not only the charging speed is slow, but also the device heats up badly. Most importantly, if the iPad Pro backplane is made of glass, its durability may be greatly reduced.
The MagSafe on the MacBook Pro does not have the above problems. Apple only needs to change the Type-C interface of the iPad Pro to MagSafe.
In this way, the new iPad Pro may usher in a price increase, which is somewhat similar to the new MacBook Air. Compared with the previous generation, the price has been increased by 1,500 yuan. The top version of the iPad Pro may exceed the 20,000 mark, and the price of the basic version of the iPad Pro may also be raised by one notch.
The new iPad Pro: LCD and Mini LED options
In recent years, Apple's knife skills have become more and more sophisticated. Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that due to increased production costs, the screen material of the 11-inch iPad Pro is still LCD, and Mini LED is only available for the 12.9- and 14.1-inch iPad Pros.
As we all know, Mini LED is better than LCD in terms of color and brightness performance, and the peak brightness of 1000 nits is also in line with HDR viewing conditions.
However, the performance of Mini LED on the iPad Pro is not very satisfactory. Previously, there were many user feedback on the Internet that the newly purchased 12.9-inch iPad Pro had a lot of halos on the screen in a dark light environment. There are rumors that Apple will improve the halo problem on the next-generation Mini LED iPad Pro.
It is worth mentioning that the latest report from foreign media The Elec shows that Apple plans to launch two iPad Pro OLEDs in 2024. Since Samsung’s new 8.5-generation production line will not be able to produce OLEDs until 2024, Apple originally planned to release it this year. The two iPad Pro OLEDs will be delayed until 2024.
From this news, we can roughly speculate that Apple may not be able to completely solve the halo problem of mini LED on iPad. In contrast, switching to OLED with better color performance may be the best policy.
Although the service life and brightness of OLED are not as good as that of Mini LED, as long as it is used in accordance with the specifications, there will be basically no burn-in problem within 5 years.
Is the new iPad Pro worth the wait?
As for whether the new iPad Pro is worth it, it still needs to be judged based on its own daily use needs. For those light users who usually just use it to watch TV shows and play games, the iPad Pro 2021 is worth considering.
If you are a high-intensity user and use the iPad Pro for multitasking, you often use it to cut videos, 3D modeling, graphic design, etc., then you can consider the new iPad Pro.
In fact, for most ordinary users, the performance of the iPad Pro 2021 has overflowed, and there is basically no problem in using it for 5 years. Of course, if you're on a budget, you can choose the new iPad Pro with your eyes closed.
Judging from the current news, the improvement of the new iPad Pro is quite big, even if some users think Liu Haiping is ugly, at least the recognition is there, and it is no longer as difficult to distinguish as the 2021 and 2020 iPad Pros. Moreover, Apple's development of the 14.1-inch iPad Pro indicates that the iPad Pro series is about to start the era of multitasking, and its productivity attributes will be further enhanced with iPadOS 16's front-end scheduling, collaboration, and multi-window functions.
For a long time, many friends think that it is a joke to put productivity and iPad Pro together. Even the M1 iPad Pro always gives people a feeling of power and inability. Looking at it now, the new iPad Pro has not only the hardware that is comparable to the computer, but also with several new features of iPadOS 16, which just proves to the outside world that the tablet can also be used as a productivity tool.
As Apple officially advertises, why should your next computer be a computer?
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