Apple iPad 2022 live blog: M2 iPad Pro and a new entry-level iPad announced

Apple iPad 2022 live blog: M2 iPad Pro and a new entry-level iPad announced

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2022-10-18T18:35:22.047Z

iPad Pro (2022) camera remains the same (Image credit: Apple)

The camera on the iPad Pro got an upgrade this year, but not the kind we’re used to seeing. The actual lenses and sensors don’t seem to have changed. You still get a 12MP main camera and a 10MP ultra-wide lens. 

It’s the video capabilities that have changed, and that’s thanks to the new Apple M2 chip. Instead of upgrading the camera hardware, Apple has added hardware encoding and decoding for video formats, including the ProRes format used by the iPhone 14 Pro camera. 

The iPad Pro (2022) is the first iPad that can record in ProRes format on its camera. You can record 4K video up to 30 fps, though a video like that uses around 7GB of storage per minute of recording. 

For that reason, the iPad Pro with 128GB of storage can’t record at the full 4K resolution. The same was true for the iPhone 14 Pro with 128GB of storage. You need to buy a larger capacity to use the full video resolution while recording. 

The iPad Pro (2022) is available now for preorder, and we give you a full rundown of the best way to buy this powerful video editing tool. 

2022-10-18T18:11:49.352Z

Apple M2 iPad Pro with magic keyboard

Apple iPad Pro (2022) with Magic Keyboard (Image credit: Apple)

The new iPads are especially interesting for the way they are slowly phasing out older Apple ideas. Indeed, these devices could mark the beginning of the end for some old Apple specs, and good riddance, we say.

First is the home button, which is now gone from the base model Apple iPad. The fingerprint reader has been moved to the power button, and the home button is gone.

The home button was a feature on the original Apple iPhone, and has been a part of Apple’s mobile family ever since. Now the iPhone SE is the only device remaining with the home button. 

Second is the addition of USB-C to the iPad line, omitting the lightning port. Lightning was introduced at the same time as the original iPad mini, and quickly took over Apple devices, replacing the much larger 30-pin iPod connector. Now it seems Apple is abandoning lightning, and maybe too quickly. 

The iPad Pro dropped lightning for USB-C and Thunderbolt last year. The iPhone is rumored to drop lightning as a result of recent legislation by the EU. The newer USB-C port is a significant upgrade, with faster data rates and more capabilities than the older lightning. 

2022-10-18T17:00:32.150Z

USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter Apple Store

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To remedy this newfound incompatibility – as spotted by ‘s senior editor for TV & audio, Matt Bolton – Apple explains “a new USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter is required for pairing and charging”.

The price for the privalge of being able to use your shiny new iPad with your Apple Pencil? An addition $9 / £9 / AU$15 for Apple’s official USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter (opens in new tab). Ouch.

2022-10-18T16:53:03.174Z

Apple iPad 2022 with Apple Pencil press image

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With all the key details out of the way, let’s take a moment to recognise that the new 10.9-inch iPad trades Lightning for USB-C, but still only supports the first-generation Apple Pencil.

This means that, while you can now attach a host of new accessories more conveniently and directly than ever before, you can’t physically connect or charge the only Apple Pencil that the 10th-gen iPad is compatible with.

2022-10-18T15:36:37.259Z

Apple iPad Pro 2022 US pricing

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As for the iPad Pro 2022, both sizes replace their respective predecessors, starting at the same US price as before: $799 for the 11-inch model and $1,099 for the 12.9-inch version. They go on sale on October 26.

Here’s the full pricing breakdown for the 11-inch model:

128GB WiFi-only: $799 / £899 / AU$1,399
128GB cellular: $999 / £1,079 / AU$1,649
256GB WiFi-only: $899 / £1,019 / AU$1,579
256GB cellular: $1,099 / £1,199 / AU$1,829
512GB WiFi-only: $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,929
512GB cellular: $1,299 / £1,429 / AU$2,179
1TB WiFi-only: $1,499 / £1,699 / AU$2,629
1TB cellular: $1,699 / £1,879 / AU$2,879
2TB WiFi-only: $1,899 / £2,149 / AU$3,329
2TB cellular: $2,099 / £2,329 / AU$3,579

…and the 12.9-inch model:

128GB WiFi-only: $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,899
128GB cellular: $1,299 / £1,429 / AU$2,149
256GB WiFi-only: $1,199 / £1,369 / AU$2,079
256GB cellular: $1,399 / £1,549 / AU$2,329
512GB WiFi-only: $1,399 / £1,599 / AU$2,429
512GB cellular: $1,599 / £1,779 / AU$2,679
1TB WiFi-only: $1,799 / £2,049 / AU$3,129
1TB cellular: $1,999 / £2,229 / AU$3,399
2TB WiFi-only: $2,199 / £2,499 / AU$3,829
2TB cellular: $2,399 / £2,679 / AU$4,099

2022-10-18T15:28:38.816Z

Apple iPad 2022 and Apple iPad 2021 pricing Apple Store

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Apple is keeping the 9th-generation iPad on sale for the time being, with the starting price remaining at $329 in the US. The new 10th-generation iPad effectively slots in on top, starting at $449. It goes on sale on October 26.

Here’s the full price breakdown:

64GB WiFi-only: $449 / £499 / AU$749
64GB cellular: $599 / £679 / AU$999
256GB WiFi-only: $599 / £679 / AU$999
256GB cellular: $749 / £859 / AU$1,249

2022-10-18T15:22:51.966Z

Apple iPad Pro 2022 range with Magic Keyboard

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Here’s the hotly anticipated M2-powered iPad Pro. Same two sizes as last year, the M2 chip running the show, up to 2TB of storage, ProRes video capture, WiFi 6E and a new hover gesture for the Apple Pencil are among the main upgrades here.

Head on over to our dedicated iPad Pro 2022 explainer or read on for a deeper spec breakdown:

11-inch Liquid Retina display (LED) or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED)
2338×1668 (11-inch) or 2732×2048 (12.9-inch) resolution
120Hz ProMotion
600nits SDR brightness (both)
1000nits XDR brightness (12.9-inch)
1600nits peak HDR content brightness (12.9-inch)
Quad stereo speakers
Apple M2 chip (8-core CPU w/ 4 performance cores + 4 efficiency cores, 10-core GPU, 16-core NPU)
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB storage
8GB RAM (128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage models)
16GB RAM (1TB, 2TB storage models)
12MP wide rear camera – records up to ProRes 4K @ 30fps or 240fps slow motion video
10MP ultrawide rear camera – 125-degree field of view
LiDAR scanner
TrueDepth 12MP front camera – 122-degree field of view, Face ID
WiFi 6
5G (optional) via nanoSIM & eSIM
USB-C (Thunderbolt / USB 4)
Works with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) + supports Apple Pencil Hover
Runs iPadOS 16 out the box
28.65-watt-hour battery (11-inch)
40.88-watt-hour battery (12.9-inch)
Quoted battery life: 10-hours use (WiFi-only)
Weight (11-inch, WiFi-only): 1.03 pounds / 466 grams
Weight (11-inch, cellular): 1.04 pounds / 470 grams
Weight (12.9-inch, WiFi-only): 1.5 pounds / 682 grams
Weight (12.9-inch, cellular): 1.51 pounds / 685 grams
Colors: silver or Space Gray

2022-10-18T15:14:24.997Z

Apple iPad 10.9-inch 2022 colors and keyboard press image

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And here we go! Starting with the colorful new 10.9-inch standard iPad.

Say farewell to the home button, this new tablet renders the entire iPad range home button-free. It also sticks the front 12MP camera in a landscape orientation (the Apple logo on the back is still in portrait).

USB-C is the big addition here, so farewell Lightning. A beefier A14 chip, ongoing Apple Pencil (1st-gen) support and compatibility with a new dedicated Magic Keyboard accessory round out the main talking points here. Check out our full iPad 2022 explainer for a much deeper dive into what Apple’s newest standard iPad offers up.

Here are the key details you’re likely wondering about:

10.9-inch Liquid Retina display
2360×1640 resolution
500 nits brightness
Landscape stereo speakers
Apple A14 chip (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 16-core NPU)
64GB or 256GB storage
Touch ID top button
12MP rear camera – records up to 4K or 240fps slow motion video
Landscape 12MP front camera – 122-degree field of view, Center Stage
WiFi 6
5G (optional) via nanoSIM & eSIM
USB-C
Compatible with a new purpose-made Magic Keyboard
Works with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
Runs iPadOS 16 out the box
28.6‐watt‐hour battery (quoted 10-hours use – WiFi-only)
Weight (WiFi-only): 1.05 pounds / 477 grams
Weight (cellular): 1.06 pounds / 481 grams
Colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver

2022-10-18T14:53:03.421Z

Still no word yet from Apple, but every time the clock chimes we get closer. The last word was CEO Tim Cook’s tweet earlier this morning, and we’ve spotted a clue, or at least an indication that we’re looking at an iPad Pro. 

Among all the floating doodles that fly by is a camera bump with two lenses, similar to the bump on the current iPad Pro. That tablet gets a camera upgrade among iPads, with a 12MP main camera and a 10MP ultra-wide lens. Apple calls this the Pro camera system. 

Tim Cook tweet screen showing doodles

A camera bump is right of center, with a doodle flash (Image credit: Twitter / @tim_cook)

It’s unclear if the Apple M2 chip will benefit a better camera setup because that chipset is used in laptops, not mobile devices. The Apple A16 platform on its newest iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is a very different beast that the Apple M2 chipset. 

Still, we did see camera improvements in the Apple Macbook Pro that used the M2 chip versus its predecessor, This is likely as much due to improved hardware, but image processing is part of the chip’s design. 

Of course, there could be no camera upgrades coming. The camera bump is one of the few identifiable features on an iPad. It’s otherwise just a slab of glass, now that the home button is gone. If Apple wants to tease an iPad launch, there aren’t many doodle options. 

2022-10-18T14:34:51.699Z

A black square ringed by rainbow light and the Apple logo and M2 in the center

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Let’s talk about the all-important Apple M2 chip that we’re expecting to be running the show inside these new October iPads.

First unveiled at Apple’s WWDC 2022 event in June, it’s already at work inside some MacBooks – as mentioned earlier. Despite the name, performance-wise the M2 sits beneath the M1 Pro and M1 Max (announced in October 2021), as well as (unsurprisingly) the M1 Ultra that showcased in March this year.

To quote Apple, compared to the standard M1, the M2 boasts an “18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine. It also delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1, and up to 24GB of fast unified memory”.

The hook that’s more important where the iPads are concerned is the promise of improved power efficiency. The M1-powered iPad Pro 2021 promises ten-hours of use per charge but in practice we found the tablet rarely reach that promise. Hopefully, with the M2, Apple can push that figure up by an hour (or more).

2022-10-18T14:09:57.672Z

A blurred view of the Apple Newsroom webpage partially obscured by a red question mark

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We were hoping for Apple to drop the announcement on its new slates just over an hour ago and 60-minutes later, still nothing from the company’s newsroom. All that means, however, is go time must be edging that much closer – maybe things’ll be different in 50 minutes time…

2022-10-18T13:47:06.142Z

Row of iPads on blue background with  deals logo and cheap iPad deals title text

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Whether you’re already tempted by the current iPad lineup or are holding out hope for the potential price drop on the new iPads we’re expecting today, keep your eyes peeled on our Best iPad Deals roundup, which is constantly being updated to bring you the best prices on Apple’s prized slates.

2022-10-18T13:29:23.675Z

Zooms in on Apple Pencil. Detects no obvious change pic.twitter.com/s603Q9WoTGOctober 18, 2022

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Our US Editor in Chief, Lance Ulanoff is practically pixel-peeping to figure out whether this is secretly an Apple Pencil 3 in Cook’s post, or just the company’s current-generation stylus. At a glance, it looks like the latter, sadly.

2022-10-18T13:24:45.236Z

The possibilities are endless. #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/msmJg865trOctober 18, 2022

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Here’s that tweet from Tim Cook we mentioned. ‘#TakeNote’ is the slogan for today’s announcement and as the included video pinch-zooms through what first appears to be an endless tunnel of animated doodles, you’ll start to notice clues about what Apple’s focus will be today.

2022-10-18T13:18:46.644Z

Digital artwork being worked on on a iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil 2

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The iPad’s ability to facilitate a range of digital creatives wasn’t lost on ‘s managing editor for Lifestyle – Josie Watson, who’s also an artist in her spare time.

She’s already compiled a wishlist of features she’d like to see from this year’s iPad Pros. What do you think?

2022-10-18T13:15:28.901Z

Apple Store online be right back

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Good Morning (or afternoon, depending on where you’re tuning in). All signs point to Apple releasing its new iPads any time now, with the Apple Store buy pages for iPads set to ‘be right back’ and Tim Cook throwing out a tempting tweet.

Let’s dive in.

Author: Brandon Torres