The iPad Pro 2023 may land pretty soon or not for a long time, depending on who you believe, but either way, we’re already hearing some things about it, and it sounds like it could be a much bigger upgrade than the iPad Pro. 2022.
In fact, ‘big’ is the key word here, as numerous sources suggest that in 2023 we’ll see an even larger iPad than the current iPad Pro 12.9 – although it’s likely Apple will continue to make models in current sizes as well.
That’s not all we’ve heard either. Below you’ll find all the news, leaks and rumors about the iPad Pro 2023 so far, including the possible release date and specifications.
We’ll also add to this article when we hear something new, so bookmark it and come back soon.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next top-end iPad
- When is it out? Probably sometime in 2023
- How much is it? Unknown but expect a very high price
iPad Pro 2023 release date and price
The next iPad Pro could land sooner than you might expect, because while the iPad Pro 2022 line didn’t launch until October 2022, we could see a new model in early 2023.
That’s according to Ross Young (opens in new tab) – a leaker with a solid track record – saying Apple’s next Pro slate will have a 14.1-inch screen – that’s bigger than any current model. However, the introduction of a new screen size is the only way we can imagine Apple launching the next iPad Pro so soon; so while it’s possible we wouldn’t count on it.
We recently heard that a 16-inch iPad (which may or may not be a Pro model) could land in late 2023, though it’s not clear whether this would be as good as or instead of the rumored 14.1-inch version.
It’s also very possible that none of these leaks are accurate. In fact, we may not see a new iPad Pro at all in 2023, given that it was more than a year between the launch of the iPad Pro 2021 in April 2021 and the launch of the iPad Pro 2022 in October 2022.
As for the price, Apple can keep prices comparable to current models, if the screen sizes remain the same. That would mean a starting price of around $799 / £899 / AU$1,399 for the 11-inch version and $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,899 for the 12.9-inch model, although that’s just speculation for now.
And if these slates have larger screens, their asking prices will of course be higher as well.
iPad Pro 2023 news, rumors and leaks
As mentioned above, one of the biggest changes for the iPad Pro 2023 could be a bigger screen. We’ve heard about a 14.1-inch display several times (opens in new tab)while there has also been talk of a 16-inch one, and elsewhere there has been less specific talk of a larger screen.
Whether both or just one of these will be offered is unclear, but it certainly looks like a bigger screen is coming, given the number of sources citing one.
The sources who mentioned a 14.1-inch model also said more about it, claiming between them that it will have a mini LED display – like the latest 12.9-inch models – and that it will have an M2 chipset. have, again matching the current models. The base storage, meanwhile, could be 512GB and it could start with a whopping 16GB of RAM.
Those last two details are higher than the starting configurations of the current Pro models, but you can specify exciting models to match, if you have the extra cash.
Since the most significant change is seemingly the screen size, chances are this isn’t a new generation iPad Pro at all, and rather an additional model to the current line.
The other big leak surrounding a future iPad Pro is the switch to an OLED screen. This would arguably be better than the mini LED currently used by the iPad Pro 12.9, and certainly better than the IPS LCD display used by the iPad Pro 11.
That said, while we’ve heard a number of times that this change is coming, the consensus seems to be that it won’t happen until 2024. That could mean we won’t see an OLED screen on the next iPad Pro, but there’s also a chance that the next iPad Pro won’t launch until 2024 anyway.
According to my source, Apple is said to be testing a smaller version of macOS exclusively for the new iPad Pro M2! “Mendocino” should be the codename for macOS 14. A simplified version should be planned for the M2. pic.twitter.com/f4RrainlZ1October 20, 2022
Finally in lekland now, leaker Majin Bu (opens in new tab) — which has a mixed track record — has claimed that Apple is working on a “smaller” version of macOS for the latest iPad Pro models. This would appear in late 2023 as a software update alongside macOS 14 and would make the interface look much more like a Mac while still allowing the slates to run iPad apps.
While we take this with a grain of salt, Apple has been trying to bridge the gap between tablets and laptops for a while now, so it’s definitely possible it will, and if it does, we’ll definitely see this system working on the next iPad. Pro.
Aside from the leaks, we can also take some educated guesses about possible changes. For example, the next iPad Pro could use the as-yet-unannounced M3 chipset, as that would be a step higher than the current M2 SoC. Although that will depend on when the next models launch.
There’s a chance Apple will also move the selfie camera to one of the long edges of the slate, as that makes it more useful in a landscape orientation, the way iPads are usually positioned, especially for video calls. The company already did that with the iPad 10.9 (2022), but not with the latest iPad Pros.
The problem it should solve is the Apple Pencil charger, as it currently sits on the same bezel as the camera would like it to be, and there probably isn’t room for both. So we may need to see more extensive design changes for the iPad Pro to make this switch possible.
Check back regularly for the latest developments around the iPad Pro 2023 and in the meantime check out our roundup of the best iPads and, if you’re already looking to buy one, our constantly updated roundup of the best iPad deals.