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Apple will reportedly release an iPad Pro with an M2 chip this fall

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Apple is reportedly planning to release an iPad Pro with the rumored M2 chip sometime between September and November this year. Apple tracker Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter† Gurman expects Apple to release a major update for the upcoming generation of iPad Pros, which will supposedly include support for MagSafe charging.

As Gurman points out, Apple last gave the iPad Pro a major update in 2018, when Apple introduced a design with harder corners, an edge-to-edge display, and a USB-C connector. This update came about a year and a half after the release of iPad Pro 10.5 in 2017.

Apple is on track to repeat the same pattern this year as it launched the most recent generation of M1-equipped iPad Pros in May 2021. Rumor has it that the launch date between September and November 2022 will be Apple somewhere between a year and four months and a year and six months of preparation for the new model.

At Apple’s “Peek Performance” event earlier this month, the company showed off its latest iPad Air, but omitted an updated model of the iPad Pro. Last year, Gurman predicted that the iPad Pro would come with wireless charging capabilities and a glass back. A report of 9to5Mac confirms this claim, but the sources say Apple has abandoned the glass back design and may have opted for an aluminum back with a glass Apple logo instead.

There is also not much information about the rumored M2 chip as it is still not confirmed by Apple. Gurman thinks the chip’s CPU will be slightly faster than its predecessor and will have the same eight-core architecture. He also expects Apple to add the M2 to both the new iPad Pro, as well as the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and 24-inch iMac, which are reportedly set to hit the market later this year. Predictions for an M2 chip powering the redesigned MacBook Air have been mixed – Gurman says it will include the rumored chip, while Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks it will come with the M1.

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