iPad Pro 2023 - Apple's Next Flagship Tablet

iPad Pro 2023 – Apple’s Next Flagship Tablet




The iPad Pro 2023 is one of Apple’s most anticipated devices this year. As the flagship tablet from the world’s most valuable company, each new iPad Pro iteration brings exciting improvements in performance, design, and features.

While Apple has not officially announced the next iPad Pro, leaks and rumors have revealed details about what we can likely expect from the iPad Pro 2023. This article outlines the latest information known about the upcoming tablet.

Design and Display

Most reports indicate the overall design of the iPad Pro 2023 will remain similar to the current fourth-generation model. This includes the familiar flat edges and thin bezels around the display.

However, Apple may shrink the tablet’s bezels even further to allow for a slightly larger display in the same footprint. The display specs will likely remain top-notch:

  • 11-inch and 12.9-inch size options
  • Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED displays
  • ProMotion technology with up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rates

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has specifically said he expects the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will retain its mini-LED display this year. This screen provides excellent brightness levels and contrast for HDR content.

Performance and Battery

As an iPad Pro model, the 2023 iPad Pro will undoubtedly use one of Apple’s fastest and most powerful Arm-based silicon chips. Most reports point to the next-generation M2 chip being featured in the new Pro tablets:

  • M2 chip with faster CPU and GPU performance
  • 16GB memory standard on higher-end configs
  • Comparable battery life to 2022 iPad Pro, up to 10 hours

The addition of the M2 gives the iPad Pro CPU performance close to the M1 Pro in MacBooks, while also bringing battery life efficiencies. This keeps the iPad Pro competitive with the best Windows tablets and ensures it has plenty of headroom for even demanding creative workloads.


The iPad Pro is expected to retain its top-tier camera system and LiDAR scanner for depth mapping. The latest reports indicate the rear cameras will remain the same as the 2022 iPad Pro:

  • 12MP Wide camera
  • 10MP Ultra Wide camera
  • LiDAR scanner for depth data
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash

With excellent photo/video quality already, Apple may focus more on upgrading the video conferencing experience for the iPad Pro 2023. An upgraded 1080p webcam could bring Apple Center Stage support through the TrueDepth camera system.

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For connectivity, 5G wireless speeds have become standard on iPad Pro models. The latest cellular modems and Wi-Fi 6E offer excellent wireless connectivity for professionals on the go. Wired expansion remains robust with support for:

  • 5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave)
  • Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
  • Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type-C

Noted analysts have also indicated MagSafe could finally arrive on the iPad with the next Pro generation. This allows easy attachment for Apple accessories like chargers and docks using magnetic alignment.

iPadOS 16 Features

The release of iPadOS 16 later this year promises more desktop-class capabilities through new Stage Manager multitasking. Early iPadOS 16 betas, however, have indicated there is still room for polish and optimization particularly on older iPad models.

By the time the iPad Pro 2023 launches in the fall timeframe, the complex multiwindow workflows should be smoothed out. Owners can expect a responsive and efficient tablet experience once upgraded to iPadOS 16.1 or later.

Pricing and Availability

Apple typically debuts new iPad Pro models in the September-October timeframe each year. This aligns with past release cycles and the timing expected for the M2 chip launch across Apple’s product lineup.

Pricing will remain at the high end for iPad models, but storage tiers could see small increases. The latest iPad Pro pricing is below for reference:

Model Pricing
11-inch iPad Pro $799+
12.9-inch iPad Pro (M2) $1099+

Exact availability details will come later this year as the launch draws nearer. But the iPad Pro 2023 should go up for pre-order shortly after the announcement event in the Fall 2022 timeframe.

What the Rumors Indicate

In summary, credible leaks paint a picture of an iPad Pro with the expected annual refresh cycle:

  • Faster M2 chip for improved performance
  • Display size/tech unchanged, possible mini-LED on 12.9” model
  • No major changes to physical design
  • iPadOS 16 brings improved multitasking
  • 5G connectivity remains standard
  • Launch/release in Fall 2022 window

There are still seven or more months until the expected announcement. So there is time for additional details about the 2023 iPad Pro to emerge or change. But unless larger redesigns appear, this should be an “S-style” upgrade year for the Pro tablets.

What We Hope to See

While radical changes are unlikely this upgrade cycle, there are still some areas users would love to see addressed in the iPad Pro 2023:

  • OLED displays for even better picture quality
  • Reverse wireless charging to turn the iPad into an ad-hoc charging pad
  • In-display Touch ID for secure biometric access
  • Four Thunderbolt ports for less wireless accessory reliance

Even just one of these additions would make a great headline feature to push tablet capabilities further. But with Apple, major changes often happen gradually across multiple product generations.

Regardless, early adopters and power users excitedly await more details on Apple’s highly capable iPad Pro plans this year. The 2023 iPad Pro looks ready to claim its spot again among the best tablets money can buy. We will update this article as more information gets confirmed over the coming months about these impressive flagship tablets.


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