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Apple iPad Pro: Will there be a macOS software update in 2023?

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Apple iPad Pro: Will there be a macOS software update in 2023?

Apple’s rumored hybrid macOS version for its iPad tablets could be coming next year. The new iPad Pro 2022 models with M2 chipset are expected to run first with a weakened Mac operating system, according to a report. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if Apple’s non-M2 tablets will get the same update.

  • Apple is testing a macOS lite for the iPad Pro with M2.
  • The version is said to be based on MacOS 14 Mendocino.
  • Apple could release the software update in late 2023.

More and more information about hybrid macOS for iPad is emerging. A well-known leaker, who goes by the name “Majinbu” on Twitter, claims that Apple is already testing a “macOS lite” for the iPad Pro with the M2 processor and that it should be released in late 2023.

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Apple’s future hybrid tablet could take advantage of Mac OS capabilities when docked to the keyboard. / © PatentlyApple

macOS lite for the iPad Pro

Surprisingly, said version of macOS is based on macOS 14, codenamed “Mendocino”. For comparison: The macOS 13 is called Ventura. Also, the whistleblower adds that the apps are still optimized for the iPadOS touch experience, with a 25 percent larger surface area.

This claim aligns with a previous patent filing that talked about macOS-like software for the iPad. Interestingly, the tablet will only use the features when docked to a keyboard. But it is certain that users will be able to use some of the functions in tablet mode as well.

Problems with the Stage Manager of the iPad

Making iPadOS more powerful and smarter might be one of Apple’s top priorities considering how the company pushed Stage Manager with iPadOS 16. Despite these efforts, most users were not happy with the performance of the new multitasking feature. So the “macOS lite” could be the last nail in the company’s coffin.

What do you think of a macOS-like software for the iPad? Would it become an argument to buy an iPad? We’d love to read your responses in the comments section.

Tapan is a tech enthusiast who is passionate about new technologies in the PC and smartphone space. He is an ardent gamer, both PC and console, and loves coding.

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