27 August 2020
Apple is said to be working on a new iPad model to launch it somewhere in September this year. The tech publication 91Mobiles claims to have obtained the schematics of the 8th-gen iPad model from a “trusted source.” This is considered as the follow up to the current $329 iPad that has a 10.2-inch display.
Referring to the details that the schematic is revealing, it appears the upcoming iPad model is gaining some features from the iPad Pro 2020 model. There are slim bezels around the side, USB-C connectivity at the bottom, along with four mics. There are magnetic connectors on the back as well, possibly for the Magic Keyboard support. The report further adds that this alleged 8th-generation iPad would feature the Face ID support as well.
The USB-C connectivity and the Face ID support are the two major things that an iPad could get. And, it appears the price will also go up in that case. There are several other differences between the iPad and an iPad Pro (2020), including the display, but the incoming iPad (2020) is apparently grabbing only a few of them, though they are quite significant.
Other things like the camera, LED flash to remain the same. In fact, the display panel size is somewhat near to iPad which is 10.8-inch. The volume rocker, SIM tray, and induction charging port are on the right edge, while the left edge is house to Sleep/Wake button and the Power button stays on the top.
The report goes in sync with a prediction made by the famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who had previously said Apple would release a new 10.8-inch iPad in 2020. Also, an instructional manual was also leaked a week back that showed upcoming iPad Air 4 will come with all the features mentioned above, including USB-C connectivity, a single-lens camera with a flash on the back. However, it featured Touch ID authentication in the power button and not the newly-spotted Face ID. As 9to5Mac points out, it is not possible that a higher-priced iPad Air 4 would feature Touch ID in the power button, while the lower-end 8th-gen iPad gets the Face ID.
Recently, a Eurasian regulatory database disclosed that Apple has filed for several new iPad models. It is possible that we are looking at the schematics of just one of those.
According to a report that came in July, Apple may launch some new hardware at an event on September 8, but we still do not have any substantial proof on it. Let's just wait for Apple to rather unfold the mystery.