Apple enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting news of fresh updates, and it seems their patience may soon be rewarded. Rumors are swirling about Apple’s plan to announce new iPads, and the anticipation is building. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what’s on the horizon.
Since the launch of the iPhone 15 series and the latest Apple Watches in September, Apple has been relatively silent. However, it appears that new iPads might be on the horizon, with speculation suggesting an announcement as early as October 17.
Anticipating the Announcement:
While it’s likely that any announcement will be made through an online press release rather than a full-blown press event, this news is still significant. The timing couldn’t be better, especially for those considering an iPad purchase, as the holiday season is approaching.
What to Expect:
According to reports from Supercharged and 9to5Mac, Apple is gearing up to unveil updated versions of the iPad mini, iPad Air, and the entry-level iPad. Apple expert Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also hints at new tablets coming soon. However, Gurman believes that significant updates may not be released this month.
It’s possible that the announcements will be made, but the release of the new tablets might occur in November or December at the latest. Here’s a glimpse of what we can anticipate from these potential updates.
iPad mini 7:
The iPad mini has seen six iterations over the years, and Apple has occasionally neglected it. However, every once in a while, Apple surprises us with a new model. The current version was released over two years ago, featuring an 8.3-inch display and the A15 Bionic chip.
Rumors suggest that the seventh-generation iPad mini might come equipped with an A16 Bionic chip, offering a slight improvement over its predecessor. This version may also address the “jelly scrolling” issue that has affected some users.
iPad Air 6:
Details about the upcoming sixth-generation iPad Air are scant, but it’s likely to feature the M2 chip, given that the current model is powered by the M1. We can draw insights from the 11-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) to speculate about potential features of the next iPad Air.
Anticipated features include ProMotion 120Hz technology for the display, a 10-core GPU powered by the M2 chip, a USB-C connector with Thunderbolt/USB 4 support, and upgraded Wi-Fi 6 with faster speeds. While it might not match the iPad Pro’s camera system and authentication features, it could still offer various color options.
11th Generation iPad:
The current model was last updated a year ago and features the A14 Bionic chip. The 11th-generation iPad is expected to receive minor updates, including the A15 Bionic chip and a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with Touch ID integrated into the top button.
This release might also lead to price adjustments for the 10th-generation iPad, making it more budget-friendly for consumers.
iPad Pro Updates:
If you’re a fan of the iPad Pro models, you might have to wait another year for the latest updates. However, it’s rumored that the upcoming iPad Pro lineup, expected next year, will feature OLED screens and be powered by the new M3 chip. The largest iPad Pro might sport a slightly bigger 13-inch display and new glass bodies.
Most Exciting 2023 iPad:
Among the three expected tablets, the iPad mini 7 is likely to generate the most excitement, especially for those who have been eagerly awaiting its update. The regular iPad will also garner attention, particularly during the holiday shopping season when discounts might be available. As for the iPad Air, it serves as a middle ground between the regular iPad and the iPad Pro, making it a strong contender with the potential for new colors like Product Red.
The tablet market is about to get more interesting, and Apple enthusiasts are sure to be delighted. Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds, and if Apple makes an announcement, it will be just a matter of hours before we know more.