Tech gaint, Apple has never missed a year without releasing a new basic iPad all the way up to the 9th generation this year.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a new model will be released in 2022, with significant upgrades similar to its predecessors.
The 2021 model has been upgraded to an Apple A13 Bionic chipset (up from A12), putting it a couple of generations behind the current iPhones.
Recall last year, it was alleged that the basic iPad would have an iPad Air-like design, but that did not materialise – perhaps next year.
Apple has already had to reduce iPad production due to the new mini competing for chips with the iPhone 13 series.
Given that iPad sales were up in Q4, that must have been a difficult decision. So, if the A16 chip is in short supply, the iPad Air will almost certainly get this year’s chip instead.
Unlike the new Air, the new Pros may get OLED; there have been rumours of double-stacked panels with extra-high brightness for the iPad and MacBook Pros.
While Gurman did not mention OLED, he did mention that Apple is looking into wireless charging support for the next iPad Pros.