Rumor: Apple to announce iPad Pro with new M2 chip later this year

Apple will announce an iPad Pro with an M2 chip later this year. Apple expert Mark Gurman of Bloomberg wrote this on Twitter. Apple is expected to announce the iPad Air 5 with an M1 chip on Tuesday, which will therefore be as fast as the current iPad Pro.

According to Gurman, the current iPad Pro will be followed up later this year by a model with an M2 chip, the new generation of chips from Apple that the company will announce on Tuesday during the first Apple Event of 2022. Apple wants to offer a full-fledged computer replacement with the iPad Pro.

The new model of the iPad Pro should be a performance improvement over the iPad Air 5, which according to 9to5Mac will be announced on Tuesday and will be equipped with an M1 chip. The current generation iPad Air still has an A14 Bionic chip, the iPhone 13 and sixth generation iPad mini have the A15 Bionic chip. According to sources spoken to by 9to5Mac, a new iPad Air with an M1 chip will be announced during the Apple Event. That chip would be 50 percent faster than the A15 Bionic, because the M1 chip has a CPU with eight cores and a GPU with seven cores, supplemented with at least 8GB of RAM. The M1 is now in the iPad Pro and in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. In addition to the M1 chip, the iPad Air 5 will receive support for 5G and a new selfie camera according to 9to5Mac.

The iPad Air 5 is expected to be announced today at the first Apple Event of 2022. In addition to the iPad Air 5, Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone SE, new Macs with Apple Silicon chips, 13″ MacBooks with Apple M2 chips and announce the Mac Studio mini PC with 27″ screen. So Apple is not yet announcing the new iPad Pro at the event, which will follow later this year, Gurman says. The current iPad has been available since April 2021.