Apple has a host of new devices set for release in 2019. One of those releases is set to be a “low cost” iPad, though the 9.7” device is likely to retain its headphone jack and Touch ID. Some suggest that the model will be tailored to the education market.
One supplier suggests a 10” model may be on the way, but exact specifications are yet to be confirmed. However, the rumour does remain in line with predictions from Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst. Kuo said in February, that the budget tablet with adorn the market with a 10.2” screen. Apple may increase the size of the device’s chassis, or they squeeze the larger display into the 9.7” version.
Apple refreshed its devices last year, swapping the fingerprint-based authentication for Face ID in its top of the range iPad Pro series but retaining Touch ID for “lesser” devices. Retaining older technology such as Touch ID will help to keep costs low.
The next generation iPad is also likely to incorporate a 3.5 millimetre headphone jack. The headphone jack is certainly dying out in Apple’s mobile ecosystem, having being first removed in 2016 upon the dawn of the iPhone 7.
It remains to be sign whether Apple will rely on Lightning or USB-C for charging and data connectivity. It may also be that Apple will release the 7th generation iPad alongside a mini 5” model. The official release date is also unknown, however, an unveiling could happen as soon as Easter time.