Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Apple is rumoured to launch the iPad 8th Gen’s (launched in 2020) successor early next year. A new leak claims that Apple will be selling the next iteration of its entry-level iPad at a cheaper price than the current model. The iPad 8th Gen starts at $329 in the US and Rs 29,900 in India.

As per a tweet from leaker Tron (@cozyplanes), next year’s iPad will have a larger 10.5-inch display with Touch ID embedded in the home button at the bottom. Apple A13 Bionic chipset will power it, the chipset found on iPhone 11 series, with 4GB of RAM. He also mentions that the new iPad will be thinner, lighter and more affordable at $299 (approx. Rs 22,000), $30 cheaper than the 2020 model.

10.5″ iPad
with A13 chip coming early 2021

– 10.5″ Retina display
– A13 Bionic chip
– thinner, lighter design
– Home button w/ Touch ID
– Starting at $299

— Tron (@cozyplanes) December 13, 2020

While the design is rumoured to be thin and light, it’s safe to assume that it could have thick bezels like the existing model as it’s rumoured to have the home button. The 2020 model is available in two variants – 32GB and 128GB. In India iPad 8th Gen starts at Rs 29,900 for the 32GB variant with Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts from Rs 41,900. So, the $299 price tag likely for a 32GB Wi-Fi variant. 

A few features that are not leaked but are an easy guess include support for Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard and other iPad accessories. An LTE variant for 4G SIM cards should also be on the cards. 

If the leak turns out to be accurate, the major upgrades in the upcoming iPad will be a 0.3-inch bigger screen, a more powerful and power-efficient A13 Bionic chipset, a slimmer and lighter form factor. The iPad 8th Gen 2020 was launched in September 2020 alongside the new iPad Air. So, it’s too early to jump at conclusions, and we advise you to take these details with a pinch of salt. 

The iPad 8th Gen has got fair reviews, and if the leaks are accurate, the next generation might make things even better for consumers. All of the above-mentioned features at a lesser price would make for a good deal.

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