We expected a new Apple iPad announcement before the end of the year and now one of Apple’s closest accessory partners may have confirmed that new Pro models are coming.
our friends in 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) noted that Logitech now says its Crayon digital pencil will work with two iPad Pro models that have yet to be announced. If this reflects future products, it means an upgrade to the iPad Pro 12.9 inch and 11 inch iPad Pro tablets could be here very soon.
On Logitech’s website for Crayon, it lists compatible devices, including a “6th generation” iPad Pro 12.9 and a “4th generation” 11-inch iPad Pro. The current larger iPad Pro is in the fifth generation and the 11-inch model is in the third generation, so this seems to be a hint for the next generation of devices. We’re already anticipating a new iPad launch in the October period, so it’s not a huge surprise to see these models pop their heads above the surface in late September. It’s more surprising to see a trusted partner leak the information.
Samsung uses technology developed by Wacom in its S Pen pen and is therefore compatible with many third-party accessory manufacturers. Apple uses proprietary technology for its Apple Pencil, and Logitech is the only third party currently licensed to make a pencil that works with Apple screens. Other iPad stylus devices are little more than finger pointers with a tip that registers with the capacitive screen. They don’t take advantage of the precision and advanced features of Apple technology such as the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil. Crayon is one of our favorites Apple Pencil Alternatives.
Will they be as Pro as the iPhone 14 Pro?
It would be very exciting to see the new iPad Pro devices as Apple has released a high-end chipset on its A16 Bionic platform that is only found in iPhone Pro devices. Perhaps Apple was saving more of these chips for Pro-level iPads and wanted to keep the Pro exclusivity across the board. We’ll see next month when we expect Apple to finally make its announcements.
We’re closely following the upcoming iPad announcements now that the craze for the iPhone 14 family and the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra is starting to calm down. If you’re interested in learning more about the current generation of iPads and everything they can do, we’ve detailed it all in our roundup of the best iPads.
Analysis: Someone is in trouble
Prior to an iPhone announcement, we received tons of emails from case and accessory manufacturers claiming to have equipment ready for the next big thing, but they’re just guessing. Apple is top secret. Even the most popular brands of accessory manufacturers don’t have specific details about new products until the last possible moment, and often this isn’t until after the public announcement.
Logitech has a special status, however, as an exclusive partner for Apple’s proprietary technology. Apple trusts very few third-party companies in this way. Even the smallest breach of trust can have company-wide repercussions. A small mistake on a website may seem like a minor mistake, but Apple may perceive it as a company-wide reckless move to guard its corporate secrets. The company has the most protected reputation in all of technology.