The next iPad will reportedly look just like third-gen iPad Air

Ipad 8th Gen 2020 Product Image
Ipad 8th Gen 2020 Product Image (Image credit: Apple)

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  • Apple's new entry-level iPad will reportedly look like third-generation iPad Air.

Apple will release a new entry-level iPad with the same design as the third generation of iPad Air, according to a new Macotakara report.

That means the new 'iPad', Apple's base model iPad will still feature a Home Button with Touch ID, as well a Lightning port.

According to a Chinese supplier, the next iPad (9th Generation) is likely to be based on the iPad Air (3rd Generation). The display size will remain the same as the iPad (8th Generation) at 10.2 inches, but the thickness will be much thinner at 6.3mm and the weight will be reduced to 460g.

However, the news isn't so great about the 2021 iPad Pro lineup. Despite hopes, Macotakara says the overall design of the new model will be the same as the last two, keeping it in line with iPad Air and the new iPad. The report does note that the new high-end tablet could get a significantly improved A-series processor, however, while mini LED screens are also a possibility.

No timescales for launches were given, but iPads tend to arrive towards the middle of the year. The most recent rumors suggest that Apple will release a new line of iPad Pro models in both 11 and 12.9-inch variations later this year featuring mini-LED display technology.

From that report:

Specifically, DigiTimes says Apple will release two new iPad Pro models, an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch variant with mini-LED, as well as a 16-inch MacBook Pro. There are also numerous reports Apple will release a 14-inch MacBook Pro this year, with both to benefit from new Apple silicon chips.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.