Report: Apple will release a 16-inch iPad Pro
Quoting a person familiar with the matter, the information Reports indicate that Apple is planning to launch a 16-inch iPad Pro model. Apple hopes to launch the product in the last quarter of next year — likely around the same time in 2023 that the M2 iPad Pro launched in 2022.
In our estimation, the 16-inch iPad Pro is likely to be targeted specifically at creative professionals, and probably won’t be a market-wide product in the same way as other iPad models. Think of it like the Mac Pro or Pro Display XDR – a niche product for a narrow but important audience.
Target buyers may use the new 16-inch tablet with Apple Pencil to get a larger storyboard in applications such as Procreate, Affinity Designer, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
The report did not mention any special or additional features or pricing, which are likely to be very expensive.
This does not mean that the Mac / iPad integration is coming
However, information speculated whether this new iPad with a laptop-sized screen means Apple has plans to integrate iPadOS and macOS.
From our point of view, this is highly unlikely, and the article’s assertion on this misunderstands the basic purpose of this device. The article title says this would “further clutter the font with laptops,” but if anything, the hand-drawn technical focus of such a tablet might take it away from typical laptop uses. For example, the aspect ratio of the iPad might make it impractical to use it in a laptop format at this screen measurement, assuming it has the same aspect ratio as other iPad Pro models.
Apple spokesmen have been consistent in debunking the idea that the company plans to integrate the Mac and iPad platforms, even as the Mac gains some iPad-related features and the iPad gains heavier multitasking capabilities and the like. Yes, both systems have Stage Manager, but that does not mean that they will be combined.
They’re designed to serve very different clients or at least very different uses – but that doesn’t mean the two platforms and their users can’t benefit from some cross-pollination of features.
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