The iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro lineup last year. Smaller frames and USB-C might be on tap next.
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The puzzle of the perfect computer and tablet for youor Setup started almost six months ago. You probably already have a system that will work for you, however could still deliver a new iPad (or iPads) to the mix. If you are At least wait until later today.
Apple's event is still on the agenda today. and. We expect new iPads and Apple Watches, among other things.
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The newest iPad before that was the expensive onewho added lidar sensors with depth measurement on the back and an optional new keyboard and trackpad case. Will Apple make an improved entry-level iPad? Will iPads be converted to USB-C? Will better keyboard cases come with them? Maybe.
This is what we expect (and I want to). And I wish these had arrived a month ago.
A new iPad Air could be very similar to the iPad Pro
The most likely iPad seems to be a redesigned Air that improves the look of the professional. Mark Gurman's latest Bloomberg report points to a new iPad Air arriving alongside new Apple Watches. Expect a bigger display with fewer bezels and more screen real estate. Also a processor upgrade (probably an A13 or maybe something else). The newer Air could be switched to USB-C instead of Lightning for charging, which would be of great help when purchasing standard chargers and other accessories. However, the Air is expected to continue to have a Touch ID instead of a Face ID, which could be in a side button – and likely not via the Pro's depth-sensing lidar sensors.
Could there be an entry-level iPad with a special bump?
The $ 300-ishCurrently it has an A10 processor that is pretty old. The 10.2 model could just get a new processor (A12 or better) and be a better device right away. Hopefully, this will happen for app compatibility and performance reasons.
The Sanho HyperDrive USB-C Hub on an iPad Pro. Imagine doing this for all of your iPads.
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USB-C across the board would be nice
Lightning is now a strange format for iPads, especially all MacBooks that use USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. The entire line was supposed to be rearranged like the iPad Pro, although iPhones would (for now) still stay in the Lightning camp.
iPad Air (2019) sits in the Logitech Combo Touch. Will Apple make its own case for the new Air?
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A new keyboard case would also help
Apple is expensiveis pretty awesome, with a keyboard and trackpad that feel like a laptop. Perhaps Apple could create some cheaper options for the new Air, especially since then .
AR and iPad: possible development?
Apple's pursuit of augmented reality has always been driven by apps and services, and education has been an AR goal on the iPad for years. The invitation to the September 15 event includes a hidden AR Easter egg, suggesting that some AR news may be coming. An updated processor on an iPad Air could help with thisand a bigger screen could take advantage of some of the bigger screen ideas that now exist on the iPad Pro. A new Air is unlikely to 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.
iPad and Zoom are a mixed bag due to the placement of the camera.
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Unlikely: A more centered camera for video chat
Zooming and video chatting iOS 14 does some eye fixes in FaceTime. The chances of this are slim.. Although they have great cameras, the front-facing cameras only focus on shooting in portrait mode. Tilt it out into the countryside (where all the day-to-day chores are usually done) and make faces look like they're staring into the distance. I would love it if iPads moved its cameras
We'll know soon enough. Apple's event is scheduled for September 15 and will be streamed at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET). For now, stick with your iPad, especially if you've been thinking of a midrange Air.