e’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) fast approaching, rumors are circulating about the potential release of a “special” version of iPadOS 17. While much of the speculation surrounding WWDC has centered on iOS 17, little has been heard about iPadOS 17. However, according to a new report, there may be a reason for this: Apple may be working on a version of iPadOS 17 specifically for a new 14-inch model.
Twitter user Analyst941, who has already leaked information about iOS 17 and watchOS 10, claims that Apple is developing a “special version of iPadOS 17, being developed specifically for larger iPad Pro/Ultra/Studio model(s).” Although details are scant, the report suggests that this could be an indication that Apple is working on a new iPad larger than the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Analyst941 has not provided any information about the interface or features of the special iPadOS 17, but the report did reveal one interesting detail: the 14-inch model will support two external 6K displays at 60Hz. Currently, the M2 processor in the iPad Pro can only connect to a single external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz. The report suggests that the 14-inch iPad could have an M2 Pro or M3 Pro processor and possibly a second Thunderbolt port.
Although it is unlikely that these features will be announced at WWDC, they are expected to be part of a mid-cycle release alongside the M3 iPad Pro and 14-inch iPad Pro. The addition of support for multiple displays would make the iPad a viable alternative to a Mac and would expand the capabilities of the Stage Manager. With iOS 16, Apple finally opened the iPad to proper external display support, allowing users to work in separate apps and drag and drop files and windows between the two screens.