Apple could launch a new M2-based iPad Pro as well as M2 takes on the Mac mini, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro at an event in October, according to Bloomberg Apple-watcher Mark Gurman.
Gurman reckons Apple will release at least two new machines in October, which could include a revamped iPad Pro with an M2 processor and an updated entry-level iPad with an A14 chip and a USB-C port. There could also be an M2 Mac mini, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
At the low-end, 2022 will see Apple release the 10th generation of the entry-level iPad and it will sport a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector, which should mean Apple's entire iPad lineup will support USB-C. This switch is happening after European lawmakers mandated all device manufacturers must support USB-C by 2024.
Apple typically launches new iPhones in September or October but, as Gurman notes in his Power On newsletter this week, Apple has slightly pushed the launch of the iPhone 14 forward, making it the earliest iPhone launch since 2016. This year's earlier launch date gives Apple an extra week of iPhone sales in the quarter covering the crucial holiday season sales
This year's entry-level iPad is tipped to feature a Retina display in line with the iPad Air's display and should have a bigger screen, at between 10.5- to 10.9-inches.
As for Apple's launch events, it appears the company is making them conform to its hybrid work approach. Gurman bets that Apple will have an in-person event that will also be streamed.
"We're still far from returning to pre-pandemic business as usual. But the combination of an on-site media event and in-person office work could make it feel like Apple's most normal fall since the iPhone 11 was launched in 2019," wrote Gurman.