iPadOS 17.5 beta includes firmware for unreleased OLED iPad Pro models, new Apple Pencil: Report


According to recent reports, Apple is expected to launch new iPad Pro models equipped with OLED screens for the first time. While the Cupertino company has yet to announce any plans for an upgrade to its Pro model, which was introduced nearly a year and a half ago, the latest iPadOS 17.5 developer beta reportedly includes firmware that suggests the company's The upcoming iPad Pro models will feature a new display technology, while a new Apple Pencil model may also be on the way.

9to5Mac spotted references to some unknown tablet models in the code of the recently released iPadOS 17.5 developer beta. Firmware for four of these devices – identified as iPad16,3; iPad16,4; iPad16,5; and iPadOS 16.6 – suggesting they will sport OLED screens, while also revealing some details of the suppliers for these models, according to the publication.

Clues to these devices in the latest iPadOS 17.5 beta update suggest that the launch of new iPad Pro models and a new Apple Pencil is just around the corner. Apple has not yet announced a new launch event, but a recent report suggests that the company is planning to introduce the new iPad Pro and iPad Air models in early May, instead of the previously reported March date. The end launch window was missed.

Two of the four unreleased models reportedly refer to successors to the 11-inch iPad Pro (2022) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2022) models with Wi-Fi connectivity, while the other two arrive as their cellular variants. Can. The report also states that the firmware of these models found on the iPadOS 17.5 beta suggests that LG and Samsung will be manufacturing the OLED panels for the smaller variants, while only LG will be supplying the panels for the 12.9-inch model.

The iPadOS 17.5 beta also includes code that indicates three different Apple Pencil gestures — squeeze, long squeeze, and double squeeze. This suggests that the company may soon launch a new Apple Pencil model, which will be the first to feature pressure sensors on its sides.

Previous reports have also suggested that the company's next-generation Apple Pencil will also let owners track the device through the company's Find My network, similar to the second-generation AirPods Pro. We can expect to hear more about the company's plans in the coming days or weeks, ahead of the expected debut of these devices.

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