Lower-Cost iPad and iPad Mini Refreshes Draw Closer as Apple Files New Models in Indian Database

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has registered two unreleased iPad models with the Bureau of Indian Standards, according to MySmartPrice.


    The model numbers A2124 and A2133 were already registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission in late January alongside five other iPad models, but the Indian filing suggests that a release is drawing closer.


    Apple is widely expected to refresh its 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini in the coming weeks, with each tablet rumored to receive a spec bump, including a faster processor. The 9.7-inch iPad is also expected to feature a larger 10.2-inch display. It would be the first update to the iPad mini since September 2015.

    It's unclear how and when the new iPad and iPad mini will be revealed. Multiple reports indicate Apple will host a special event on March 25 at Steve Jobs Theater, but the word is that the keynote will be focused on Apple's rumored subscription-based news and video services, possibly ruling out hardware.

    Given that the iPad and iPad mini refreshes are shaping up to be rather minor, perhaps a press release will suffice. March has become a common month for updates to Apple's lower-end iPad models, so an announcement could be just weeks away.

    Two new iPad Pro models are also expected in late 2019 or early 2020, but few details are known about them yet.

    Article Link: Lower-Cost iPad and iPad Mini Refreshes Draw Closer as Apple Files New Models in Indian Database
  2. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    Go iPad Mini! If they keep the price low I'll be happy to buy one for me, it would make a great test device and would be useful to media consumption as well!
  3. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    Shanklin, Isle Of Wight
    As long as its not a cheap and crappy mini, ill upgrade my 4!
  4. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nice to see. My Air 2 is getting a bit long in tooth, didn't want an easier to bend Pro, looking forward to the upsec'ing of the basic iPad.

    Hoping the basic iPad still has a home button, but it'll be interesting if they do something else.
  5. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I have absolutely no need for a new iPad. I rarely use the ones I have now. I'd get a new, properly priced mini though. Just cuz.
  6. TomOSeven macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2017
    What are the odds the new iPads will support the second gen Apple pen?
  7. S3R6i0 macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2011
  8. Amazing Ox Space Monkey macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2015
  9. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    I suspect, to keep prices ‘low’, it’ll be very likely any support will be for Apple Pencil 1, rather than the second generation.
  10. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    The current 9.7 inch iPad is the best value of any current Apple device in my opinion. I’m hoping they release both the 10.2 and mini with laminated displays. If I had to guess, the new mini will take on the starting price of the current 9.7 inch iPad and the 10.2 ‘s price will start a bit higher than the current 9.7.
  11. kjvmartin macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2016
  12. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    I'm going to guess the iPad gets an A11 and stays the same price at $329, and the mini doesn't get a significant case improvement (just an A10) but drops to $299.
  13. sinoka56 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
  14. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    This kind of thinking I never really understood.
    I mean yes it's your money and you (not as in you personally) are entitled to do as you please, but if people are spending money on something they do not need just cause, I can give them my IBAN, they'll have the same feel of having spent for something they won't use, and I would be a happy camper, 2 birds with one stone :D
  15. Oohara macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2012
    iPad Mini is my favourite format by far as for anything larger I just use my MBP. I just wish they'd release a fully specced one with AMOLED display...but I guess they figure that'd cannibalise the Max too much. :(
  16. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    More like old unsold iPad Minis and iPad refreshed with new processor will be out soon. Apple desperately needs a comeback!
  17. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I bought a mini 6 months ago and returned when I realized my son's $150 iPhone SE (was on sale at BB) was significantly than $400 mini. At release it already had a sub par CPU compared to the Air2 at the time. Hopefully they keep the laminated display and at least have an A11 in there...
  18. Khedron macrumors 65816

    Sep 27, 2013
    To be clear "lower-cost" refers to the cost to Apple to manufacture, not the cost to the customer to buy, right?
  19. sinoka56 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    I think the "lower-cost" is normal 9.7 iPad, not the pro, confusing term used in the title.
  20. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    My discretionary spending is just that. I see something I like enough to buy, I buy it. If I don't like it enough to buy it, I don't. Giving money to some internet rando does nothing for me so at least one of those birds is gonna live.:p
  21. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Guessing a press release coinciding with the end of the event, then? Hopefully A11/3GB variant across the board, with pencil support for the mini!
  22. triangletechie macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2017
    That is what it sounds like. The store will be updated with the new ipads and Spring color cases/bands.
  23. iosuser macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2012
    I seriously doubt it will as it'll require too much reengineering, but if the new mini supports the first gen pencil, I will buy one for sure. Maybe even two.
  24. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    Won't be happening. No reason for it. Only pro models for the next couple of years I'd say.
  25. PickUrPoison macrumors 601

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I can’t see why switching to OLED on the mini would cannibalize the XS Max. But it would add $200-$300 to the price, for relatively little marginal benefit.

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