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Apple's best-value iPad is about to get a serious upgrade, says Gurman

iPad (2020)
iPad (2020) (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz /iMore)

What you need to know

  • A new report says Apple plans to upgrade its base model iPad with a new processor.
  • Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says a new model is coming this fall.
  • He also says the new iPad will sport a thinner design.

A new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims Apple is about to upgrade its iPad (2020) with a new processor and slimmer design.

In a new Power On video for Bloomberg, Gurman listed planned upgrades and expectations for Apple's iPhone 13, new AirPods, and a new iPad mini, as well as plans for a new ninth-generation iPad:

... as well as a new ninth-generation iPad, geared towards students, with a thinner form factor and faster processor.

As mentioned, the current eighth-generation iPad is the best iPad for those looking for value in a tablet, with a starting price of just $329. Gurman doesn't indicate whether Apple plans to change the pricing of the new device at all, but we have previously heard that Apple is planning to hang on to some of the device's older design aspects, suggesting it could keep the cost down. A Macotakara report from January claimed that Apple would retain the design of the third-generation iPad Air, keeping a 10.2-inch display but losing a lot of weight and thickness. That report would also suggest Apple will hang on to the iPad's older design featuring a Home Button and Touch ID.

Gurman didn't expand on a possible release date beyond this fall. He also didn't expand on which new processor might feature, but given the iPad's entry-level pricing and specs, an educated guess would probably be the A14 chip from the iPhone 12, which would be a pretty massive upgrade on the current A12, giving it the same processing power as Apple's iPad Air.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.