Next-generation Apple iPad Pro release details leak with iPad Pro 14.1 to be about as large as current MacBook Pro 14
Rumours of a larger iPad Pro are beginning to take shape up, less than 48 hours after @MajinBuOfficial first tweeted about them. As we discussed yesterday, the leaker claimed that Apple planned to release a 14.1-inch iPad Pro this year, with the model considered as an addition to the existing iPad Pro series, rather than as a replacement for the 11-inch or 12.9-inch SKUs. @MajinBuOfficial added that the iPad Pro 14.1 would feature the Apple M2 as well, a logical upgrade from the Apple M1 in the current iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9.
Subsequently, Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) has clarified what to expect from a refreshed iPad Pro series and when it will arrive. Writing on Twitter, Young claims that Apple will equip the iPad Pro 14.1 with a Mini LED display, technology that it already uses in the current iPad Pro 12.9, as well as the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Unfortunately, Young has not clarified how many dimming zones the 14.1-inch display has, although he adds that it should support ProMotion, which presumably still tops out at a 120 Hz refresh rate.
Incidentally, Young has not clarified what display technology will power the 4th generation iPad Pro 11 and 6th generation iPad Pro 12.9. However, he states that Apple will equip both SKUs with OLED panels by 2024, with the iPad Pro 14.1 maintaining a Mini LED panel.
According to Mark Gurman, the iPad Pro 14.1 will be about as large as the MacBook Pro 14, which measures 312.6 x 221.2 mm. Presumably, the iPad Pro 14.1 will be much thinner than the MacBook Pro 14 though, which is 15.5 mm thick. Unfortunately, both Gurman and Young think that the iPad Pro 14.1 will not arrive until early 2023. Potentially then, Apple will continue to sell Apple M1-powered iPad Pros throughout 2022 and the early months of next year.