Apple could announce new iPads as soon as this week, according to a recent rumor from the portal Supercharged that has been able to corroborate 9to5mac. According to both media, the Cupertino company plans to update up to three models; an iPad Air, he mini and he Basic iPad. Mark Gurman, of Bloomberghowever, contradicts this rumor by stating that these are still in development.
The aforementioned media, specifically, highlight Apple could present the three new iPad models this Tuesday, October 17. The company has not confirmed any presentation events, so they suggest that they will be announced through a press release.
One of the models that could be announced, we reiterate, is the iPad Air, which will arrive to renew the model with M1 that the company announced in spring of last year. It is probable, therefore, thatThe main novelty of this new generation is the inclusion of an M2 chip; same processor that the MacBook Air includes.
The base iPad and iPad mini could also be renewed, but not this week, according to Gurman
Apple also plans to refresh the base iPad, which was updated a year ago with a new design, larger screen and an A14 Bionic chip. This year, this model could arrive with a more powerful processor, although it is not clear which version the company will include. It is likely, however, that it integrates the A16 Bionic chip that we see in the current iPhone 15 or in the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
It is also unknown whether the new basic iPad will maintain compatibility with the first generation Apple Pencil or, instead, will allow the use of the second generation model.
The third and last model that Apple could renew in the next few hours is the iPad mini, which would maintain the same design as the previous generation, but with an A16 Bionic chip inside. It is also unclear whether the new model will be compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil.
Although the characteristics of the models could be correct, Gurman details that the company does not plan to announce new models this week. He highlights that these are still in development, and will be presented later. “New entry-level iPads, iPad Airs, and iPad minis with faster chips are in development, but I don’t think any major updates are imminent.”, he highlighted.
The only model that Apple would not renew, therefore, is the iPad Pro, which was renewed in October of last year with an M2 chip. Rumors suggest that the company could renew this model in mid-2024, including OLED screens as the main novelty.