The best drama begins with iOS and Android. That’s why we were intrigued by Bloomberg’s latest Power On newsletter over the weekend. According to author Mark Gurman, Apple is going after Google with an iPad that docks like the recently teased Pixel Tablet.
According to Gurman, Apple is working on bringing “similar functionality” of the Pixel Tablet to the iPad as early as next year. “The idea is to offer something that users can place on a kitchen counter, in the living room, or on their nightstand,” writes Gurman, which appears to compete directly with the idea Google proposed just two weeks ago. Apple could be developing a separate accessory to work with existing iPad devices, which it could then sell. It would be a simple way to convert current users to Apple’s smart home ecosystem.
It’s not difficult to imagine the company carrying out this plan. Apple occasionally hosts an early spring event that may include an update to the iPad lineup—the reprised iPad Air was introduced in March, along with the iPhone SE. With the buzz surrounding the new Matter connection standard and a slew of devices launching with support this winter, now is the time for Apple to stake its claim in the smart home with a device that people already own. It’s also a way to get in on the action while Apple is rumored to be working on a more competent successor to the HomePod.
Gurman’s report goes into detail about other Apple products that are expected to be released shortly. For example, consider the new iPad Pro with an M2 processor. It would be the first major release to the Pro lineup since the iPad Pro with an M1 processor debuted in 2021, though the new chip is expected to offer a 20% performance increase over the previous generation. There’s also speculation that Apple will release an entry-level iPad. For those looking to enter the Apple smart home ecosystem, it would pair nicely with a separate speaker dock, though it will use the A14 Bionic chip rather than the more powerful M series.