Is Apple about to quietly release new iPad models in October 2023?! Take a look at the new rumours!
Claim : Apple Is Releasing New iPad Models In October 2023!
The Internet is abuzz with rumours that Apple is about to quietly release new iPad models this week, in October 2023!
It started with a report by SuperCharged that “sources familiar with Apple’s media plans” told them that Apple will announce new iPad models “as soon as Tuesday, October 17”, and the new iPads will have these improvements:
- iPad Air : upgraded with M2 chip, up from M1
- iPad mini : upgraded with A16 Bionic chip
- entry-level iPad : unknown, possibly A16 Bionic chip
This report was later corroborated by 9to5Mac, who spoke to their own sources:
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Doubts Apple Is Releasing New iPad Models In October 2023!
While that seems exciting news – finally we get updated iPads! – there are already doubts circulating around these rumours.
Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, for example, is well-connected and quickly casted doubts on these rumours:
Apple supply chain analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, also said last month that “new iPad models are unlikely before the year’s end“.
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Now, I’m no Mark Gurman or Ming-Chi Kuo, and Tech ARP is no 9to5Mac or SuperCharged, but I did break the news on Apple’s new MagSafe connector and the SD card reader’s return in the 2021 MacBook Pro.
I actually heard from a source a couple of weeks earlier that Apple will not release any new entry-level iPad models this year. Rather, the new entry-level iPad is slated to debut in April 2024.
This, of course, only addresses the entry-level iPad models. It is possible that Apple will announce updated iPad Air and iPad mini models this week, while leaving the entry-level iPad for April 2024.
However, my money is on Apple not releasing any new iPad models this year, and my source is correct about the April 2024 date. In fact, I literally bet my own money on my source’s information, by purchasing an iPad yesterday for my parents.
In any case, I don’t think Apple will wow anyone with the new entry-level iPad model. It’s all about incremental changes these days. In fact, Apple has already been shifting away from a yearly update cycle, as it gets harder to deliver any exciting updates for these tablets.
On top of that, the entry-level iPad was completely redesigned just a year ago – in October 2022. Most likely, the new entry-level iPad will feature the A16 Bionic chip, with maybe a new colour or two. Is that exciting? I don’t think so.
The truth is – even the 7th Generation iPad that I currently own is fast enough for most people. I personally don’t see a real need to upgrade to the 11th Generation iPad when it arrives, whether it’s this week, or in April 2024.
So yes, I think Apple will quietly update its iPad line-up through a simple and cheap press release and YouTube announcement. I just don’t think it’s this week, or even this year.
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