Editor's note, March 18: Apple has announced two new iPads. Starting at $499 (£479, AU$779) for the 64GB model, thefeatures a 10.5-inch Retina display, an A12 Bionic processor and support for the Apple Pencil. , which is no longer sold. The , starting at $399 (£399, AU$599) for the 64GB version, also has the A12 chip and Pencil support, but is otherwise nearly identical to the iPad Mini 4 it replaces. The previous version of this story from March 13 follows.
On Monday,on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino campus. It's expected that the company will use the occasion to unveil its and, perhaps, a news subscription service. But there's a chance that Apple will also introduce some hardware -- including new iPads.
The precedent is there. At last year's March event, Apple delivered a(plus a bunch of education-friendly software initiatives) that went on to . This year, a legion of leakers, supply chain moles and analysts are predicting that we'll see at least one, and possibly more, new iPads at an Apple event before the end of Q3.
But there's plenty of time between March 25 and the end of Q3. And there's no guarantee that we'll see new iPads or any other new Apple hardware before the end of this month. Of course, Apple hasn't announced anything officially yet. (The company did not respond to a request for comment.) For now, we'll continue to collect the best and most interesting 2019 iPad rumors below. Have a look.
Confirmed: Apple launch event on March 25
On March 11, film leader, ending with Apple's logo and "It's showtime" in white. Underneath, the company included a simple invitation to join Apple for a "special event" at its Steve Jobs Theater.featuring an animation of the classic, flickering countdown numbers of a
It's expected that the company will use the event to unveil its Bloomberg's report that the event will be heavy with Hollywood stars., in which it has already said to have invested $1 billion, producing original shows such as dramas, comedies, docuseries and kids' programming. That reporting has since been bolstered by
Though there had been alternative theories circulating -- Greek blog iPhonehellas predicted a hardware-focused event on March 27 and Applesfera has picked March 29 -- those now seem far-fetched in the extreme. March 25 is the date. What remains unknown is exactly what Apple will announced.
If the new iPads don't show up in March, the next most likely opportunity would be in June at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. That event is , though Apple has not yet announced it officially.
Rumor: Multiple new iPads coming soon
We know that Apple recently as reported by MySmartPrice -- moves that often precede a launch. In addition, previously unknown iPads are mentioned in the latest iOS 12 beta release, as described by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter.and two with the Bureau of Indian Standards,
We still don't yet know exactly which iPads are referenced in the code or the government filings. But they contain some clues about what Apple may have up its sleeve.
Rumor: Apple will finally release a new iPad Mini
Of all of the iPad-related rumors currently circulating, one of the most logical is that Apple will finally refresh the the best tablets on the market today. Of course, it's worth noting that previous reports had suggested that Apple would altogether.. Presumably, the new model would replace the iPad Mini 4 -- a device that hasn't been updated in more than four years and which, starting at $399 for 128GB, doesn't stack up particularly well with
Rumor: iPad Mini 5 will look a lot like the Mini 4
A report from Mac Otakara suggests that Apple has given the iPad Mini 5 -- or whatever it's called -- only the most modest of makeovers. The article says that the new model has the same exact 7.9-inch design as the . Ostensibly, that means no Face ID, no slim bezels and no USB-C ports.
The site 91Mobiles (as spotted by MacRumors) published an image of a case -- ostensibly designed for the new iPad Mini -- that seems to support the modest refresh story. As such, it's quite possible that the new model's most significant upgrade is an updated processor. The iPad Mini 4 uses the same A8 chip that was featured in the , which was introduced in 2014.
On the upside, the iPad Mini 5 might be one of the last Apple tablets to come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Lightning port -- two popular features Apple omitted from last year's batch of iPad Pros.
The China Business Times suggests that the new iPad Mini will arrive by mid-2019.
Rumor: Apple will unveil a new entry-level iPad
Apple is also expected to retool its flagship iPad, updating CoinX has suggested that Apple will release two new models -- a 10.2-inch iPad to replace the current 9.7-inch model and a "new" non-Pro version with a 10.5-inch display -- but "not at the same time."it introduced in Chicago last year, according to multiple sources. Twitter leaker
Previously, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the company would give the new version a slightly larger, 10.2-inch display. Mac Otakara has suggested that the device will keep the same basic design -- and that it will stick with both Touch ID and a headphone jack.
Rumor: New iPad Pros coming later in 2019
Kuo also suggests that Apple will introduce two new iPad Pros in 2019. If that happens, it probably won't be until later in the year, possibly the fall, given that the company.
Rumor: iPhone and Mac apps coming to the iPad (but not until 2021)
Starting in 2020, Apple will cease using Intel processors to power its Macs, switching to its own custom ARM-based processors. This will iPhone, iPad and Mac. The change will take place sometime in 2021, according to both Bloomberg and Axios.that'll work across Apple's various operating systems on the