I agree with @skaertus. It is possible that the 2018 iPad will stick around for another year and either be updated or discontinued.IDK how the releases go, and if there may still be a spec bump on the budget pad, but with them releasing the others today, what are your thoughts?
It’s a new form factor and deserves stage time. It’s coming soon.
I find that VERY unlikely. People are right this second weighing their options and purchasing new iPads. They're not going to say, "by the way, here's another option" any time soon.
If it was coming they would have announced it even if it's not available to purchase yet, just like the announced the X and XR alongside the 8 and Xs respectively. At least then people can decide if they want to wait instead of buying something and then being pissed off a month later when a possibly better option is announced.
Gurman already hinted on Twitter that we're getting iPad and iMac on the 25th. The $329 iPad is a sure win for Apple and they don't need to announce it today. It's not as if the 10.2" iPad will offer the same features as 10.5".
I hear what you're saying, but I still don't think it makes sense for them to announce another new iPad a week after the others. Especially if it gets a new (bezel-less, no home button?) form factor. It doesn't make sense to me for the "budget" model to have a more "modern" design than the newly released Air.
The 10.2" model is likely based on the 9.7" chassis. Think of it as the 9.7" model inheriting the 10.5" thinner bezel design.
To me, Apple is missing a "streaming services" type of iPad. The 10.5" is aimed at productivity and little expensive while the 7.9" is a bit small.
The 10.2" captures a different audience. Maybe my usage is different, but I don't feel the iPhone nor the Apple TV are suitable for millennials streaming on the go.
That's true, but doesn't the current 9.7" serve that function? It's still very capable in terms of performance and the even though it's not laminated, the display has the same pixel density as the Air and Pro models. I think it can go another year without an upgrade.
I'm just hanging on to the words of Kuo and Gurman who expect a new cheap iPad this year. The new iPad could launch 2H'19 but I personally feel it's more potent if it's attached to streaming services.
Another way to look at it would be to raise the ASP for iPad. The 9.7" is, dare I say, a bit too inexpensive. The 10.2" model with a shiny new form factor could be an opportunity to raise the base price to $349 or $379.
Was it 7 model numbers that Apple filed recently? Would these all correspond with the Mini and Air flavours unveiled today, or likely to indicate another imminent release?
I'm assuming they wouldn't be filing anything for 2019 pros yet.
Who knows. I could see either....
A) Apple keeps the iPad (2018) around for another year or so and then quietly discontinue it
B) Apple doesn’t update the iPad this year, but does next year. Goes on an every other year cycle
C) Update the iPad in summer (or fall if iPad Pros aren’t ready for an update). This gives the more expensive air/mini a little breathing room for sales before the cheapo $329 iPad is updated with an A11 and whatever else.
Ipad updates are so much more sporadic than the predictable iPhone updates. It’s all a crapshoot