Always-on iPhone 14 Pro display, M2 iPad Pro expected for late 2022
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The iPhone 14 Pro range will benefit from an always-on display that highlights the new lock screen widgets of iOS 16, a report on Apple's product updates proposes, meanwhile iPad Pro changes could include M2-equipped models.
Apple has previously been rumored to include an always-on display in the Pro lineup of iPhone 14 models, with code included in iOS 16 betas seemingly confirming the claims about the feature. Though it has apparently been in development for years, a report claims the change is warranted now, due to the introduction of lock screen changes.
The iPhone 14 Pro will be able to show the same lock screen widgets as the iPhone 14 range, reports Mark Gurman for Bloomberg's "Power On" newsletter on Sunday. These features will display while the screen remains at a low brightness and framerate, while a setting will also prevent sensitive data from appearing on that display.
As well as the display, Gurman writes the changes to the Pro models will include an updated front-facing camera, a 48-megapixel sensor for the rear camera system, thinner bezels, an upgrade to the A16 chip, and the update to the pill-shaped cutout and hole punch instead of the usual notch.
The non-Pro iPhone 14 models will apparently have more modest changes, including retaining the A15 chip for another year. However, the 5.4-inch mini model will be replaced by a 6.7-inch version.
All models will still use Lightning for physical connectivity, though a transition to USB-C is touted for 2023.
On to iPad, and Gurman believes that a new low-end model with A14 and 5G connectivity will be arriving in the fall, complete with that USB-C connection.
The iPad Pro lineup will apparently get a refresh later in 2022, with 11-inch and 12.9-inch models sporting M2 chips that will work with Apple's Stage Manager. Codenamed J617 and J620, the additions will expand the range of models that support the new multi-tasking system from three to five when they are released.
Further in the future, Gurman expects Apple to introduce an even bigger iPad model within a year or two. That model could have a display between 14 inches and 15 inches in size, a considerable step up from 12.9.