As WWDC approaches, we’ve heard loads of experiences about iOS 17, however the iPadOS 17 rumor mill has been fairly quiet. Based on a brand new report, there could also be a purpose for that: Apple is reportedly engaged on a “particular” model of iPadOS 17 that may debut alongside the long-rumored 14-inch mannequin.
Based on Analyst941 on Twitter, which has already leaked a ton of details about iOS 17 and watchOS 10, there’s a “particular model of iPadOS 17, being developed particularly for bigger iPad Professional/Extremely/Studio mannequin(s)” within the works at Apple. It’s unclear when (or if) this model of iPadOS 17 would launch, nevertheless it’s been rumored for years that Apple is engaged on an iPad larger than the present 12.9-inch iPad Professional.
Analyst941 doesn’t provide any particulars concerning the interface or options however shares this one fascinating tidbit: The 14-inch mannequin will convey help for 2 exterior 6K shows at 60Hz. The present iPad Professional with an M2 processor can join a single exterior show with as much as 6K decision at 60Hz, the identical limitation as the opposite M2 Macs. Nonetheless, the M2 Professional chip helps two 6K shows over Thunderbolt, which suggests the 14-inch iPad can have an M2 Professional or M3 Professional processor and probably a second Thunderbolt port.
Assist for a number of shows would cement the iPad as a Mac various and broaden the capabilities of Stage Manger, which now could be restricted to a single exterior show. Apple lastly opened the iPad to correct exterior show help with iOS 16, letting customers multitask and work in separate apps and drag and drop information and home windows between the 2 screens. Earlier variations of iPadOS had been principally restricted to display mirroring.
These options are unlikely to make an look at WWDC, nevertheless. Whereas we’re anticipating to get the customizable Lock Display and different options in iPadOS 17, the options right here will probably arrive as a part of a mid-cycle launch alongside the M3 iPad Professional and 14-inch iPad Professional.