As February brings us closer and closer to, well, March, it is time to put our heads once more in the rumor factories to see what is happening.
Often, March is the time Apple will make its first big announcements of the year, but they tend to be less cookie cutters than the WWDC or Apple's annual September party. In 2019, we had an event focused on the services presented by Apple Arcade, Apple Card, Apple News + and Apple TV +. The previous year, there was a 9.7-inch iPad at an event focused on education.
As March approaches, rumors have begun to unite around an Apple product line that seems ready for an update: the iPad Pro. It has already begun to speculate on what might be due to the high-end tablet from Apple. While the main iPad was updated last September, the most recent iPad Pro update was in October 2018, so it is ready for some new features. This is what could be in the store.
One of the biggest rumors surrounding a new iPad Pro has been the addition of more rear cameras. The current model features only a 12-megapixel camera on the back, useful, but quite spartan, if you consider the crowd in the latest Apple iPhone models.
Given that, it is not terribly surprising that some rumors indicate that the iPad Pro is generating a camera shot that looks remarkably similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. While that may not be excellent for those tryphobic customers who do not like the Lens aspect, is good news for those who use their iPad to take pictures, and yes, there are many. The addition of more cameras would eventually allow the use of computational photography features, including Deep Fusion, which would put the iPad Pro in line with the latest iPhones.
The addition of more cameras could also be potentially beneficial for the augmented reality features that Tim Cook and the company are fond of talking about, especially when it comes to the iPad. Some rumors have suggested that updated cameras could also include a 3D laser detection function, which could also help with AR capabilities.
However, more to the point, the addition of more cameras would also help ensure that the iPad Pro earns its nickname "Pro" when it comes to taking photos.
Not so boring
Could the iPad Pro have a new keyboard? Now that other cheaper iPad models have gained support for the smart keyboard, it is no longer a significant differentiator for the iPad Pro. Again, maybe something more "Pro" is needed.
Rumors of an additional keyboard option have begun to emerge, with the suggestion that such an accessory will not only feature a scissor switch mechanism similar to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, but will also add, for the first time on an iPad Keyboard backlight Both features would bring the iPad Pro closer to its cousin MacBook Pro and continue consolidating its "Pro" brand.
Support for these theories comes from the features of the recent beta version of iPadOS 13.4, which not only added the ability to reallocate modifier keys on hardware keyboards, but also reinforced support for keyboard shortcuts in Photos. Since keyboard support is one of the ways Apple first distinguishes the iPad Pro, an even better keyboard would help reinforce that.
Skip last year's block?
Perhaps the biggest question around an updated iPad Pro is what processor it would use. Apple tablets tend to use the X variant of the company's A-series chips, which often presents not only better performance, but also better graphics capabilities. The latest version of the iPad Pro used the Bionic A12X chip, while the iPhone 11 Pro line, launched last fall, is based on the company's Bionic A13 chip, which is currently top-notch.
That would seem to suggest that a new iPad Pro would feature a Bionic A13X chip; however, Apple has previously omitted generations of the chip; There was never, for example, an A11X. Some rumors have speculated that this means that the renewed iPad Pros will not be released until fall, when they would incorporate a new A14X chip, presumably an improved version of the A14 chip that will be used on this year's iPhones. That said, it seems unlikely, though not impossible, that Apple will release them at the same time.
Also likely to be missing in a March iPad Pro update are 5G cellular capabilities. Again, it would be unusual for Apple to add those on an iPad model before a similarly equipped iPhone, and more so, the company is probably not yet ready to launch 5G-enabled devices, according to Tim Cook's comments during The Last Call quarterly financial
Is it possible that the company can launch an updated iPad Pro in March? Y In the fall? Certainly, it would not be the first time the company has made a quick change (remember the third and fourth generation iPads?), But we will have to wait a few weeks before even the first of those two shoes falls.