Apple’s next-gen iPad and 2018 iPad Pro: All the rumors on specs, price, release date

“We know Apple’s having a party next week,” Justin Jaffe writes for CNET. “And we suspect we may see a surprise guest or two.”

“The company’s spring event, scheduled for March 27, will focus on education, according to the invitation circulated to media last week,” Jaffe writes. “What it says: ‘Join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students.’ What’s been left unsaid: There’s a chance we may see some new products — including new iPads.”

“Given that the current Pro models are less than a year old, it feels a bit too early for Apple to tinker with them. And yet a number of the features rumored to be coming soon, including Face ID, would fit more naturally on the pricier Pro models than the entry-level iPad or Mini. Still, if we’re going to see new iPads at this event, it’s more likely that we’ll see a refreshed version of the $329 iPad or the Mini than a new, premium ‘iPad Pro X,'” Jaffe writes. “CNET’s Scott Stein has predicted that Apple could include Pencil support in lower-cost iPads to support art and other graphics-based work on iPads in schools, as well as a redesigned Pencil, with a more kid-friendly design and eraser functionality.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’d love to see Apple really go after the education market, and ding Google test-taking machines in the process, with an even more capable, low-priced iPad. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Cook not interested, ipad mini was only there to go up against cheap Kindle readers. No profit, so Apple doesn’t care. Phat phones à la Samsung is where Apple is heading. Probably with Samsung displays too. 🙁

    1. Apple has no intention in releasing a new Mac Pro by the looks of things. They just tossed that up to shut up the grumbling, hoping users would accept the Black iMac (not Pro) and forget about it.

      It is sad when HP can sell you a Mac mini sized unit that still opens and be speced all the way from i3 and Vampire Video to Quad Core Xeons with dedicated NVIDIA for less than Apple sells a 4 year old mini with an i7 and Vampire Video. That unit also comes with a 3 year on site repair warranty (Z2 mini workstation).

      Do you think Apple will come to your house 3 years after the sale and fix your $5000 iMac? Didn’t think so.

  1. I love my Mini4, and ideally would like to see a Pro version of that or a Pro with a smaller screen (the 10.5 is a bit bigger than I want, the 9.7 regular has a few compromises I don’t want, and to be honest the Mini is a bit of a strain on my eyes these days!)

    I currently use my Mini with a Bluetooth folding keyboard (the Microsoft one, and it’s great) for a lot of things I used to use a PC for (in fact, I’m traveling for work this week and left the PC at home) and the only thing I don’t like is that the screen is too small (and iOS has a bunch of issues that need fixing! )

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