New Apple iPad models might be less Pro

Earlier this week, display analyst Ross Young revealed that Apple is working on a new iPad model with a massive 14.1-inch screen. In addition to the 14-inch iPad, some reports have also revealed that Apple will soon update the base iPad with new internals and a slightly larger screen. Now we have some new information about upcoming iPad models that suggests they may not be the professional-grade devices we’ve come to expect.


Starting with the 14-inch iPad model, Young earlier predicted that the 14-inch iPad model would be part of the Pro lineup given its display size. He indicated that it would come with a mini LED display and support a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. iPad standard and not Pro – although there is still confusion over what name it will carry. It will not feature a mini LED display, nor support for the ProMotion display (120Hz refresh rate).

Youngin a tweet to his Super Followers, said the 14-inch iPad will not feature mini LEDs after all. Instead, the next iPad will feature the regular LED edge lighting seen on iPad Air and iPad mini. This, however, seems a bit confusing – wouldn’t power users be looking for the biggest screen and all the premium features?

The target market for a 14-inch iPad would be (primarily) creators who want to take advantage of the huge canvas. Those buyers would also be looking at the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1. But the lack of mini LEDs and ProMotion might turn people off as both of these features are available on the 12.9-inch Pro model. Additionally, when announcing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple said it added a Mini LED to the iPad because it wanted creators to have the largest canvas and a color-accurate display. So why would the company want the larger 14-inch iPad screen to not have Liquid Retina XDR?

It looks like excluding mini LEDs on the big iPad might be a forced decision and could be due to supply chain issues. All products with mini LED screens face shipping delays. Adding another (huge) iPad would only complicate the situation.

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On the other hand, the next entry-level iPad would also gain some features, but not yet enough to make it a professional-grade device. According to the report of 9to5Mac, the next 10th generation iPad will feature the A14 Bionic chip – the same chip used in the iPhone 12 series – which will also support 5G networks. In addition, it will also benefit from USB-C connectivity for the first time.

The report also claims that the device will come with a slightly larger 10.5-inch display as opposed to the current 10.2-inch. There’s no word on the body redesign, but I’d be really surprised if there isn’t a design change, considering the iPad is supposed to come with a new screen and a new port. Speaking of ports, the iPad’s USB-C port will open up the device to a whole new world.

Users will be able to enjoy faster transfer speeds, and the port will even allow users to connect a wider variety of peripherals with the device. The addition of 5G, along with the A14 Bionic, will dramatically improve the performance of the device. While upgrades like USB-C and the faster A14 Bionic chip seem like a step forward, the entry-level iPad still won’t be the device many users would be looking to buy, especially after the iPadOS 16 update.

Apple announced the iPadOS 16 update with a bunch of major features, including the brand new way to multitask called Stage Manager. However, according to Apple, the main requirement to support the Stage Manager function is the Apple M1 chip. The company claims that only the M-series chip can provide the performance required by the Stage Manager, and therefore the feature is not supported on iPads with its A-series chips.

The inclusion of the A14 Bionic chipset on the 10th generation iPad would mean that the feature will not be supported on the entry-level iPad. This could turn many users away. Apple is creating a new way to use iPad with iPadOS 16, and if you’re a customer looking to buy a new iPad and you learn that your iPad won’t support the latest (and most sophisticated) new feature , won’t. Doesn’t that scare away buyers? Would you be interested in purchasing an iPad that does not support Stage Manager functionality? Or a 14-inch iPad without the mini LED display and ProMotion? Let us know in the comments section below!

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