I’m a big fan of the most recent iPad Pro. To me, it takes the prize as the quintessential iPad experience over the entry level iPad, the mini and the Air. It’s a downright gorgeous piece of technology with a stunning display and league-of-its-own power for a tablet. It’s so good, in fact, that the iPad Pro 2022 is going to have a very hard time following in its footsteps.
Yet you know that’s exactly what’s going to happen. It’s not like Apple is going to forget about releasing new iPad Pros this year. They will come just as they’ve come in the past, sporting new ways to impress the world and cement their status as the best tablets on the market.
But how, pray tell, could Apple actually make these already-stellar products better? I have a few ideas, if you’ll humor me.
Bring the XDR display to the 11-inch model
The MacBook Pro line that launched at the tail end of 2021 comes in two sizes: 14 inches and 16 inches. There, smaller doesn’t mean less capable. The 14-inch model can be outfitted with top-of-the-line specs and includes a ProMotion XDR display as standard. The same should hold true for the iPad Pro line.
For the iPad Pro 2022, XDR should make its way to the 11-inch model. Such a move would bring consistency to the lineup and offer those who prefer the smaller Pro a chance to also have the best display available.
Move the iPad Pro 2022 camera to accommodate landscape mode
I quite often look at the iPad Pro as a worthy laptop replacement for many use cases. One area is simply falls down in, though — and this is surprising — is video conferencing. It’s not because of the camera itself, which is fantastic. It’s because of where the camera is. It’s positioned for use in portrait mode as though the iPad is still a giant iPhone. Those days have long since passed.
Apple sells its own keyboard and trackpad attachment for the thing that works in, you guessed it, landscape. Folio stands prop it up in landscape. Plenty of people hold it in landscape. The iPad Pro 2022 needs to finally accept that landscape is the orientation most often employed by its users. There’s no better way to do so than to finally move the camera to the top of the wide side of the tablet.
Figure out how to get data over the Smart Connector
The iPad Pro is amazing when docked into its Apple-branded Magic Keyboard. You can plug a charging cable into the bottom left base of the keyboard and, boom, your iPad Pro is charging anytime it is attached.
Sadly, though, you still need to use the iPad’s on-board USB-C port to do anything involving data, which means having an awkward-looking cable hanging off the right-hand side of the device. If Apple can figure out how to allow for USB-C data to pass through the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro 2022 — and perhaps add a second USB-C port on the keyboard base — we’d finally have true tetherless docking and undocking capability.
What would you like to see in the iPad Pro 2022?
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