Apple's Next Event Will Showcase Low-Cost iPads With M1 & A16 Bionic Chips! Check Launch Date, Specs & More

Radhika Kajarekar

Radhika Kajarekar

Oct 17, 2023

Apple is reportedly gearing up to reveal its latest range of iPads on October 17. Insights from 9to5Mac suggest that the focus of this announcement will primarily be on updates to the iPad Air, iPad mini, and the base model iPad. 

Apple's Next Event Will Showcase Low-Cost iPads With M1  & A16 Bionic Chips! Check Launch Date, Specs & More

While some cosmetic changes to the design are expected, the main improvements are anticipated in the hardware and performance departments.

Apple To Unveil Latest iPads on October 17: What To Expect?

The present iPad Air introduced nearly three years ago, is powered by Apple’s potent M1 chip. The upcoming model is likely to feature the newer M2 chip, promising substantial improvements in performance and efficiency.

On the other hand, the iPad mini is set to upgrade from the A15 Bionic chip to the A16 Bionic chip. This subtle yet significant enhancement aims to address the “jelly scrolling” issue experienced by some users, promising a smoother and more responsive scrolling experience.

The base model iPad, updated just a year ago, is also due for an upgrade. The tenth-generation iPad boasted a sleek design with thin bezels, new color options, and a convenient Touch ID side button. While the specific chip for the upcoming 11th-gen model remains unconfirmed, speculations suggest it might feature the A16 chip, aligning with the iPad mini’s upgrade.

Updates Are Distinct From iPad Pro Lineup

These updates are distinct from the iPad Pro lineup, which will remain unchanged for now, having received its most recent update in October 2022. The next-generation models for the iPad Pro line are not expected until later in the upcoming year.

Apple’s decision to refresh its iPad lineup with a focus on more budget-friendly models aligns with the company’s commitment to reaching a broader audience and making cutting-edge technology accessible to a wider range of consumers. This strategy showcases Apple’s dedication to offering a diverse range of products, ensuring that consumers with varying needs and budgets can find an Apple device that suits them.

As with previous Apple announcements, the event will likely be streamed online, allowing a global audience to tune in and discover the latest offerings from one of the world’s most influential tech companies. Apple’s ability to consistently generate excitement around its product launches remains a testament to its reputation for quality, innovation, and consumer-focused design.

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