The ninth generation low-cost iPad that Apple is expected to debut in 2021 will have a design based on the third generation iPad Air that Apple introduced in 2019, reports Mac Otakara, citing Chinese sources in the supply chain.
The screen size is expected to be the same at 10.2 inches, but it will be “significantly thinner” at 6.3 mm. The current eighth generation iPad is 7.5 mm thick, so a 6.3 mm chassis will mark a significant design change. It is also expected to be lighter at 460 grams against the current 490 grams weight.
Mac Otakara says the device will continue to have a Touch ID Home button and a lightning port, with Apple refusing to switch to USB-C. It is expected to have a full-lamination screen, anti-reflective coating, P3 wide color support and True Tone.
In addition to the ninth generation iPad, Mac Otakara has some details on the next generation iPad Pro models. Mac Otakara says that the upcoming update will not see the changes in screen size or cabinet, but the performance of the A-chip can be “significantly improved.”
Mac Otakara does not mention the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro model that is expected to have a mini-LED display, suggesting that this may be a stand-alone high-end model sold along with updated iPad Pro models that get a more standard update. Many iPad Pro rumors we have heard to date have also focused heavily on the 12.9-inch model and have suggested that this will really be an advanced version.
Back in December, a rumor from Chinese website cnBeta echo a lot of what Mac Otakara had to say today, but claimed that the next generation iPad will have a 10.5-inch screen, an A13 Bionic chip and 4 GB of RAM.
Rumor has it that the new iPad might see reduced prices, with Apple selling it for $ 299 instead of $ 329. There are rumors of the iPad update in the spring of 2021, but it may be an optimistic estimate when the eighth generation iPad was released in September.