According to MacRumors, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman recently revealed that Apple is preparing to update three of its ipads in 2022, including the entry-level iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.
In Mark Gurman's latest "Power On" newsletter, Gurman reiterates Apple's plans to release a new iPad Pro in 2022, with a new design and wireless charging, and clarifies that Apple also plans to release new versions of the entry-level iPad and iPad Air.
The entry-level iPad 9 got a modest update this year with the addition of an A13 chip, True Tone, and an ultra-wide 12-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls that supports center stage portraits. Apple has released new versions of its entry-level iPad every year since 2017, often with minor specs and chip upgrades to keep the device's price down, so the new version of the iPad 10 in 2022 should be in line with previous years.
Initial rumors suggested that this year's entry-level iPad 9 would feature a thinner body design and a larger display similar to the iPad Air 3, but that didn't materialize with the device's official launch in the fall. There is speculation that this design could appear on the iPad 10.
While there were multiple initial rumors that the 2022 iPad Air 5 would have a Samsung OLED display, the device was reportedly canceled, and it looks like the next iPad Air will still have LCD technology.
There aren't many other rumors about a fifth-generation iPad Air, but it's likely to at least match the specs of the iPad Mini 6. The iPad Mini features an A15 bionic chip, 5G connectivity and a center stage portrait. All of these aspects made their debut on Apple devices after the iPad Air 4 launched in September 2020, but since the iPad Air has not been updated for over a year now, Gurman's report reaffirms the device's future in the iPad camp.