Apple’s upcoming 2021 low-cost iPad expected to get thinner, lighter design
Reports are claiming that Apple’s upcoming 2021 low-cost iPad, which is expected anytime between March and September, will feature a thinner, lighter design, similar to the third-generation iPad Air that Apple introduced in 2019, according to Chinese supply chain sources cited by Mac Otakara.
Apple last updated its entry level iPad in September. The new device, which Mac Otakara claim will be “significantly thinner” at 6.3mm is said to keep its 10.2-inch screen size, despite previous reports that pointed to a 10.5-inch model launching this year.
It is said that the 2021 low-cost iPad will continue to feature a Touch ID Home button and a Lightning port, despite Apple now using USB-C for the iPad Air and iPad Pro. The device will have “significantly improved” performance the report suggests, thanks to chip upgrades and should weigh in at 460 grams vs. the current 490 gram weight of the 2020 model.
On another note, Mac Otakara reports that alongside refreshing the low-cost iPad, Apple is preparing an update to its iPad Pro. It isn’t clear what the new iPad Pro will bring, but it is believed the device could use a mini LED display. It is understood that the overall design of the Pro will remain unchanged.