Apple’s 2022 iPad is getting a larger 10.5-inch display, USB-C port and 5G

The rumor: Apple is planning the biggest refresh in years for their cheapest iPad, according to 9to5Mac (82.8% accurate, source).

  • Apple is nixing the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, so the entire iPad lineup will now feature the same connector
  • There’s a larger 10.5-inch display coming, which Ross Young (92.9% accurate) has also reported
  • An A14 Bionic chip will power the device and should be around 30% faster than the current A13 processor
  • Finally, cellular models will also be the first to support 5G connectivity

Sam’s take: This is going to be a huge leap forward for Apple’s $329 iPad. 10.5-inch screen, USB-C and A14? The sweetness of the cheapest iPad just keeps getting sweeter. Going to be an even crazier value when the device drops later this year!

Apple is working on a foldable iPad/MacBook that might look like this

The rumor: In the works at Apple right now is a new hybrid tablet and laptop device, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “I’m told Apple has indeed been exploring a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid that would take the second approach. It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a fully touch-screen base…the device has been in development for the past couple of years” Gurman says
  • Reputable display analyst Ross Young (100% accurate) was the first to reveal the existence of this 20-inch all-screen foldable a few days ago

Our take: I am firmly in the camp that believes Apple experiments with a lot of different devices and technologies…but only chooses to release a select few that they believe will really change the status quo. For example, Apple could make a TV screen tomorrow. They’ve been shipping incredible screens on products for years. But they likely haven’t done so because they haven’t found a truly compelling option that would differentiate them from the existing incredible displays made the likes of LG and Sony.

My point being that I’m highly skeptical on this device right now. Hey, maybe it comes one day. But there’s just no benefit I see from this foldable technology at this point in time. Just imaging typing on a flat touch screen keyboard all the time

New iPhone SE & iPads revealed in Indian import data

The leak: Apple is preparing to release new products soon, according to import data seen by 91mobiles.

Here’s what has reportedly been imported to India for testing…

  • A budget iPhone with a price of around ~$300 (models A2595, A2783 and A2784)
  • A new iPad with a price between $500-700 (models A2588 and A2589)
  • A budget iPad priced at ~$300 (models A2757 and A2761)

Apple is said to hold an event to announce these new products in March or April.

Our take: Even more confirmation that a new iPhone SE and iPad Air are getting ready to launch. Curiously, 91mobiles also cites a new budget iPad, too. Considering that Apple just updated it in September, would we really see a new one this soon? I doubt it.

2022 iPad 10 may feature A14 processor and 5G connectivity

The rumor: Apple is planning one more iteration of their most affordable iPad before redesigning the product in 2023, according to dylandkt (77.5% accurate).

Here are the leaked specs…

  • Same 10.2-inch design as current 9th-generation model
  • A14 processor
  • Bluetooth 5.0 & Wi-Fi 6
  • 5G connectivity
  • Lightning port

Our take: Pretty cool that Apple updates its most popular iPad every year. I’d love to see the same yearly updates, even if it’s just a new processor, for other Apple products, too (ex. Mac Pro, HomePod mini, iPad Air). We’ve actually heard about this lower-end iPad redesign before, but it looks like the new timeline is a revamp sometime next year.

Gurman: 3 new iPads coming next year

The rumor: Apple is planning updates to all but one of their iPad models in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On).

The 2022 lineup, as of now…

Our take: While it sounds like the new $329 iPad and iPad Air updates will be more minor, the biggest iPad Pro update since the flat-edge redesign in 2018 is set to take place next year. This all-glass design sounds stunning, and I can’t believe we will finally be getting wireless charging after all this time.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Apple event, the $329 iPad is mysteriously unavailable

The news: Apple’s base iPad isn’t available for pickup in any US Apple stores…and when ordered, doesn’t ship for a month.

  • Rumors have suggested a new base iPad is in the works and is set to debut sometime this fall, with a thinner and lighter design
  • Apple is rumored to introduced new iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and AirPods models at the highly-anticipated ‘California Streaming’ all-digital event

Our take: We’ve seen this time and time again that products will become mysteriously unavailable days or hours ahead of Apple events…generally indicating an update is imminent. Considering that Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate) has previously reported on a new model coming, this lines up. I think we could actually see an updated $329 iPad drop tomorrow.

Apple is working on new iPads with larger displays

The rumor: Apple is working on larger-screen iPads, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate, via Power On).

  • “I’m told that Apple has engineers and designers exploring larger iPads that could hit stores a couple of years down the road at the earliest. They’re unlikely for next year—with Apple’s attention on a redesigned iPad Pro in the current sizes for 2022—and it’s possible they never come at all,” Gurman says
  • Apple’s largest iPad clocks in at 12.9-inches currently, and is already a behemoth to hold…and the sizes are remaining the same when the iPad Pro gets redesigned next year

Our take: I also see the iPad–especially the Pro models–going in this direction down the road. But there’s something to be said about a handheld tablet getting any bigger than it is now. The direction that the Mac and iPad Pro are going in is genuinely confusing, and I just don’t see a clear roadmap for how these products don’t ultimately become the same thing.

That being said, I would be down for a 13.3-inch iPad Pro in the future. I really like the 12.9-inch size now.

2021 iPad 9 may be thinner, ‘geared toward students’

The rumor: Apple is planning an updated version of the cheapest iPad for release later this year, according to Mark Gurman (88.7% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • The iPad 9 is said to be “a thinner version” of the current base iPad and will continue to be targeted to students
  • A release for the updated $329 iPad could happen “as early as the end of this year, about the same time as the new iPad mini”

Our take: Nothing too big in this part of Gurman’s massive iPad report, and honestly surprised that the only rumored upgraded here is a thinner tablet. Sounds like iPad 9 will be an ever-so-slightly better version of iPad 8.

Some 2022 iPad models may get OLED displays…and not Mini-LED

The rumor: After just announcing the first iPad with a Mini-LED display, Apple plans to switch some models to OLED already, according to ETNews (55.5% accurate, source).

  • “Some” iPad models are said to be getting OLED displays next year, a strange move considering Apple just made the switch to Mini-LED on iPad Pro
  • This is the second time we have heard that OLED may be coming to iPad models in the near future

Our take: This is one of those rumors that just doesn’t make sense. Why, less than a year after switching to Mini-LED, would Apple switch to OLED? I’m sure OLED would look better and I’d love to see it on the iPad, but there’s no way Apple has invested so much in Mini-LED as a stop-gap tech.

iPad and Mac supply shortages expected in second half of 2021

The news: During Apple’s quarterly earnings call today, Tim Cook confirmed that two product lines would likely experience shortages in the second half of 2021 (via MacRumors).

  • “The constraints come from semiconductor shortages that are affecting many industries and it’s a combination of the shortages and the very high level of demand that we’re seeing for both ‌iPad‌ and Mac.” says Apple CFO Luca Maestri
  • We first heard of a rumored shortage last week, but even Apple doesn’t seem to be sure of the extent just yet

Our take: Apple didn’t specify what products exactly would be experiencing the shortage: just iPad and Mac broadly. Guessing this applies to the new 24-inch iMac…but again, not entirely sure yet. And Apple doesn’t seem to know exactly how bad it will be yet either.

Some iPad and MacBook models delayed due to global chip shortage

The rumor: Apple has pushed back the production of some iPad and Mac models, according to Nikkei Asia (rating pending).

  • What’s happening with the Mac? “Chip shortages have caused delays in a key step in MacBook production — the mounting of components on printed circuit boards before final assembly”
  • And bad news for iPad, too: “Some iPad assembly, meanwhile, was postponed because of a shortage of displays and display components, sources said”
  • Nikkei Asia notes that Apple has pushed back some component orders from the first half of 2021 until the second half of this year

Our take: I don’t think this applies to the upcoming iPad Pro…but this could certainly be an explanation for why we haven’t seen an Apple event announced just yet. This global chip shortage is quickly becoming a big issue for even large players like Apple.