Apple has long been rumored to refresh the entry-level iPad this year, with a new model that reportedly switches from Lightning to USB-C, as well as offering a faster chipset. Today, some pretty rough-looking CAD renderings of the upcoming device were leaked through a case maker, and you can see them below.
Unfortunately, these do not clarify the port situation at all, as there is a red mark on the port hole. The renders show a camera island on the back with a sensor and an LED flash, as well as the front layout of the previous model, with the camera on the top bezel and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button on the bottom bezel. Those bezels are still substantial, despite the rumored switch to a 10.5″ or 10.9″ screen, up from the current 10.2″.
The new iPad is also said to have the A14 chipset on board, the same one that powers the iPhone 12 series, and a newer option than the A13 built into the 2021 version of this tablet. So it’s looking like a pretty safe year of incremental improvements for Apple’s cheapest tablet, at least if these renders are accurate.
The new device should measure 248.62 x 179.5 x 6.98 mm, which means it will be shorter, wider and slimmer than the current model. It will probably be revealed in September alongside the new iPhones or at a possible separate event in October. It should launch with the new iPadOS 16 on board, although the update to it may be delayed for existing iPads.