Apple is all set to launch its 8th generation iPad that will arrive later this year and will be equipped with the powerful A12 chip, an anonymous twitter user with a proven track record so far tweeted to leak the news.
In September 2019, Apple introduced its 7th generation iPad that was the iterative upgrade to its 6th generation low-cost iPad and came with a bigger 10.2-inch display extending support for some new accessories as well. This model, however, used the same old A10 Fusion chip which featured in the 6th generation iPads.
Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst, said on Thursday that Apple is currently working on a couple of new iPad models including a 10.8” iPad and an 8.5” – 9” iPad Mini. The new iPad models are expected to launch late in 2020 and in first half of the year 2021, respectively.
According to Kuo, these new iPads will follow the product strategy of iPhone SE and will be released on affordable price points. The current low-cost iPad model is 10.2” in size and, therefore, it’s not yet clear if Apple will be introducing a larger tablet or will increase the screen size available by reducing the bezels.
If you keep these rumors and leaks aside, there’s nothing wrong in expecting some entry-level iPad to be released in 2020. That’s because Apple has a history of annually updating the device for its last three generations. In addition, the A10 processor chips were first introduced in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models which means it’s highly likely that Apple takes the device’s processing power to the next level in the affordable iPad releases. The Cupertino-based smartphone manufacturer first introduced the A12 chips in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and the iPad Mini and iPad Air models that were released in 2019.
Lately, the anonymous Twitter handle “L0vetodream” has noted the delay in some components and products, including the latest iMac models as well as the A14 processor chips. The twitter user also hinted towards the 2021 release of rumored 14-inch MacBook Pro. Earlier, the same account had accurately predicted some details related to the new iPhone SE model leaving other leakers behind. One of the accurate leaks included the launch of the device in April’s second week and that it would offer three different storage capacities. Similarly, another accurate claim from the account was that the new models of iPad Pro would arrive in March’s third week.
With such a good track record, it would do no harm to believe the new claims made by the Twitter user regarding the launch of new iPad model. It’s quite likely that these claims would be true as well.