A recent report by Chinese publisher, CnBeta claims that Apple will launch the new 10.5-inch iPad with an A13 chip in Spring 2021. The next-generation entry-level tablet is reported to be thinner and lighter than the current model and would be called iPad 9. More interesting, the publisher writes that Apple will retail the new tablet for $299, making it the cheapest model in the iPad line-up.
Recently, Apple launched iPad Air with a14 Bionic chip, the same processor use in the new iPhone 12 series. Presumably, the company would launch the alleged new 10.5-inch tablet with an A13 chip to offer a lower price tag. The current 10.2-inch iPad (8th generation) ships with an A12 chip and its retail price starts at $329.
A new iPad for only $299 coming in Spring 2021
The publisher details that the new tablet will retain the same design language and the Touch ID authentication as the current iPad (8th-generation). It will also have a 10.5-inch LED edge-to-edge display in a thinner and lighter body. The report further details that the new 9th-generation iPad 9 will be equipped with 4GB memory and 64GB storage, and will retail for an incredibly low price, $299.
As for the configuration, due to pricing and other factors, the iPad 9 will not be equipped with the A14 processor. Instead, it will use the A13, built-in 4GB memory and 64GB storage (starting), and still has a Lighting interface.
As for the price, it may be the same as the previous generation. It may start at US$299, and the Bank of China is expected to be 2499 yuan.
A report by tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo corroborates this report of a new iPad but differentiated in details of the device. Kuo reported that the new tablet will launch with a mini LED display, 5G network support.
In a virtual town hall meeting, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook informed staff that they won’t be returning to offices before June 2021 and they should gear up for work from home focusing on working with maximum productivity without delay. Other senior executives shared news of new products coming next year.