The Twitter account @analyst941 has recently shared rumors about upcoming features for the iPadOS 17, specifically geared towards larger iPads. According to the account, these features are being developed for a potential flagship 14-inch iPad Pro model, which is expected to come with Apple’s M3 chip. During the upcoming WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5th, it is anticipated that Apple will provide a preview of the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
The same source also predicts that the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, a technology that provides faster data transfer speeds than USB-C alone. Additionally, the leaker suggests that there will be a new display feature aimed at improving the video capabilities of the iPhone, which could make it a more viable option for professional videographers and video editors.
According to the leaker @analyst941, the upcoming 14.1-inch iPad model will have the ability to run up to two 6K displays at 60Hz via Thunderbolt 4, with the specialized version of iPadOS 17 including support for this capability. The displays could be daisy-chained or the larger iPad could have multiple Thunderbolt ports instead of just one.
The upcoming 14.1-inch iPad is expected to be the biggest iPad ever released by Apple, surpassing the current largest model, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The leaker speculates that Apple may introduce a new name for these larger iPads to distinguish them from the existing models, such as “iPad Ultra” or “iPad Studio,” but it remains unclear whether this is based on solid information or mere conjecture.
There have been several rumors about Apple working on iPads with even larger displays since mid-2021. Bloomberg has previously reported that Apple is working on redesigned iPad Pros with improved displays and better processors, with larger screen sizes being considered. Ross Young, who is a well-known display analyst, has also mentioned the possibility of a 14.1-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display launching in Q1 2023.
It seems that Young’s prediction of a 14.1-inch iPad Pro launching in the first quarter of 2023 has been reversed, and he now suggests that the device may have been canceled or significantly delayed.
While the source behind today’s rumor has a proven track record with an accurate leak about the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island, they do not have a long-term track record with rumors. Therefore, it is uncertain if the latest information they shared will turn out to be true.
It is important to note that these rumors are unconfirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt, but they do suggest that Apple may be planning to release new, more powerful iPad models in the near future.