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The scramble for getting the perfect computer and tablet for your iPad (or iPads) to the mix. If you’re , stop: New ones may be well worth waiting for.or setup started almost six months ago. You probably already have a system that works for you, but could still deliver a new
The newest iPad before this was the expensive USB-C? Will better keyboard cases come with them? Well, maybe., which added depth-sensing lidar sensors to the back and an optional new keyboard and trackpad case. Will Apple make an improved entry-level iPad? Will iPads shift to
Here’s what we expect (and I want). And, I wish these had arrived, like, a month ago.
A new iPad Air could look a lot like the iPad Pro
The most likely iPad seems to be a redesigned Air that adds the Pro’s look and feel. Mark Gurman’s most recent Bloomberg report points to a new iPad Air debuting alongside new Apple Watches. Expect a larger, less bezel-filled display with more screen real estate. Also, a processor upgrade (probably an A13, or maybe something else). The newer Air could shift to USB-C for charging instead of Lightning, which would be a huge help for buying standard chargers and other accessories. The Air is expected to still have Touch ID instead of Face ID, however, which could be located in a side button — and it probably won’t have the Pro’s depth-sensing lidar sensors.
Could there be an entry level iPad with a spec bump?
The $300-ish A10 processor, which is pretty old. The 10.2 model could just get a new processor (A12 or better) and instantly be a better device. Hopefully, for app compatibility and performance, this will happen.currently has an
USB-C across the board would be nice
Lightning is a weird format now for iPads, especially with all the MacBooks using USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. The entire line should shift over, like the iPad Pro, although that would still leave iPhones in the Lightning camp (for now).
A new keyboard case would help, too
Apple’s expensiveis pretty fantastic, with a keyboard and trackpad that feel like a laptop. Maybe Apple could create some more affordable options for the new Air, especially since .
AR and iPad: Possible evolution?
Apple’s augmented reality aspirations have always been driven by apps and services, and education has been an AR goal on the iPad for years. The Sept. 15 event invite has a hidden AR easter egg, suggesting that some AR news could be coming. An upgraded processor on an iPad Air could help enable, and a larger screen could take advantage of some of the bigger-canvas ideas that exist now on the iPad Pro. It’s unlikely that a new Air would have the Pro’s fancy depth-sensing Lidar sensor, but Apple could make this a moment to introduce more AR software to a larger audience.
Unlikely: A more centered camera for video chat
Zooming and video chats iOS 14 does some eye correction in FaceTime. Odds on this are slim.. Even though they sport great cameras, the front-facing cameras are only centered on portrait-mode shots. Tilt it to landscape (where all everyday work is usually done) and it makes faces look like they’re staring off into the distance. I’d love it if iPads shifted its cameras, although
We’ll know soon enough. Apple’s event is scheduled for Sept. 15, streaming at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). For now, stick with the iPad you have, especially if you’ve been thinking about a midrange Air.
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