It is very likely that Apple will officially announce a new iPad Pro model for this year, probably next month. Compared to earlier Apple iPad Pro models, we could expect to see some new enhancements. Inside, there will be the A14X Bionic, which has the same basic design with the regular A14 chip for the iPhone 12 series. We already saw alleged benchmark scores for the iPhone 14X and if they are true, the new 5nm chip should offer huge boost in performance, compared to the A12Z Bionic chip for the current model of iPad Pro. In fact, the A14Z chipset could be nearly as powerful as the M1 chip for the latest Macs. The M1 chip is an interesting hardware with octa-core CPU, octa-core GPU and around 16 billion transistors. Because it’s an ARM chipset, Macs with M1 chipsets can natively run apps for iPhone and iPad.
However, because you can’t use touch functionality with Macs, the overall experience with Macs is quite different when running iOS and iPadOS apps. In terms of design, the iPad Pro (2021) is visually quite identical to the current iPad Pro model. The tablet should have 5G data connectivity with support for mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. There will be two display versions of iPad Pro (2021). For WiFi-only version, the 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) will start from $799 and the 12.9-inch version at $999. The WiFi and cellular versions of 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) will start from $949 and the 12.9-inch version will start from $1,149. There will be four storage options, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Just like previous iPad Pro models, there will be no slot for expandable storage with microSD.
The 11-inch and 12.9-inch Mini-LED displays have 120Hz refresh rate. Other than the A14X Bionic chipset, there’s also 6GB of RAM to accommodate proper multitasking. There are two primary cameras on the back, wide and ultra-wide, supported by LiDAR sensor for enhanced autofocus. Biometric authentication could be Touch ID or Face ID. There will be a single USB Type-C port for charging. There are four speakers to produce stereo effects, a couple on each side. The iPad Pro (2021) may have iPadOS 14 and it will definitely get iPadOS 15 update, which could be available later this year. The iPadOS 14 offers better optimization for large displays of iPad Pro and there will be better implementations of widgets for homescreen. If iPad Pro owners also have an Apple Pencil, they can use the Scribble feature to handwrite text into any field. This means, users don’t need to rely entirely on the virtual keyboard.
The Apple Pencil will be more usable on the iPad Pro (2021) due to the implementation of iPadOS 14. The newer operating system comes with better security features. If users implement weak passwords in Safari to log into various websites, the system will warn users about this issue. The App Store offers more privacy information. As an example, users will get permission details of each app.