Apple currently offers four models: iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. The simplest and cheapest of the options is the iPad. As it became known to the editors of 9to5Mac from its own sources, this model should receive significant updates.
The price of the “initial” iPad starts at $329, which makes the gadget the most affordable of the whole family of these tablets. And it’s the latest tablet from the company, which still uses the Lightning connector to connect accessories and charge the device.
The media reports that with the next model, whose code name is indicated as J272, the port will be replaced by USB-C. This tablet will provide a more modern selection of external devices, as Lightning still uses USB 2.0 standards, which is significantly slower than the newer USB-C.
Of course, this is not the only update that the next model will have. The Retina display will have the same resolution as the iPad Air. The iPad now has a 10.2-inch matrix with a resolution of 2160×1620 pixels, and the iPad Air has a 10.9-inch matrix with a resolution of 2360×1640 pixels. In both cases, their density is 264 ppi.
So it is possible that the screen size of the new iPad will also change. However, they add that in all other features, such as color coverage (iPad is sRGB, while others have DCI-P3), the display on the iPad will still be simpler than others. There is no exact information about the design update yet, but it is possible that along with the screen size, the case will also change and will be closer to other representatives of Apple tablets.
There will be performance updates either. The new iPad will be equipped with an A14 processor, which is 30% more powerful than the current A13. It will also give the tablet 5G support, as the cheapest iPad can still work with a maximum of LTE.
It is set unknown exactly when to expect these and other updates in the company’s tablets. This year the iPad should be mentioned more than once at presentations, and the “initial” iPad previously received updates on the autumn debut of new iPhones.