iPadOS 17, the next version of the operating system for the iPad, will have a special version adapted to larger screen models, according to a rumor from an anonymous user on Twitter. The leaker claims that this edition will be designed to a 14.1-inch iPad that the company could announce in 2024 and that it would come with important news regarding the ‘Pro’ models that Apple already has in its catalog.
This special version of iPadOS 17 is expected to be designed to support the capabilities of the 14.1-inch iPad, and probably not enough to add additional interface features. In fact, and according to the leaker, this variant of the operating system would allow the support for up to two 6K displays at a frequency of 60 Hzwhich could be connected through a Thunderbolt 4 port. It is not clear if this model will have multiple ports to allow simultaneous connection and charging.
The 14.1-inch iPad, on the other hand, could arrive with an M3 Pro chip; Probably one of the most powerful Apple processors of the next year. In addition, it will be the first time that the company integrates a ‘Pro’ chip in its iPads, since until now, the Pro and Air models have the M3 chip.
Apple has been planning to launch an iPad with a larger screen for years
It is not the first time that rumors have emerged about the launch of an iPad with a screen larger than the 12.9-inch Pro model. More than a year ago, Mark Gurman, from Bloombergrevealed that the company planned to develop new iPad models with larger screen sizes.
Back then, yes. an iPad larger than 12.9 inches was simply an approach by those from Cupertino. Gurman bet that the screen sizes would be around 14 and 16 inches.
At the moment, Apple has up to six screen sizes in its iPad lineup. The mini version is 8.9 inches; the ninth-generation model, 10.2 inches; the tenth model and the Air 10.9 model; and the Pro models come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.
Regard iPadOS 17, this version is expected to be officially announced during WWDC 2023, which will take place on June 5. The update could include improvements to widgets, searches, and more.