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No Design Changes Expected for Next-Generation $329 iPad, Touch ID and Headphone Jack to Remain

The seventh-generation iPad that Apple is planning to release alongside an updated iPad mini 5 will continue to use the same housing as the sixth-generation iPad, according to Japanese site Mac Otakara.

Prior rumors have suggested the device will feature a 10.2-inch display rather than a 9.7-inch display, but Mac Otakara says that it is hearing mixed rumors from suppliers. One supplier said that the display is "10 inches" but another said that the display size has not been changed.


Regardless of display size, the tablet is expected to continue to use a Touch ID fingerprint sensor rather than transitioning to Face ID like the iPad Pro models, and it will also still have a headphone jack.

Apple is expected to introduce both the updated seventh-generation iPad and a refreshed iPad mini at some point in the spring, perhaps right around the time of its March 25 event. Rumors have said the event will focus on software rather than hardware, but updates could be announced via press release shortly afterwards.

Mac Otakara says that it's likely both new iPads will debut at the same time, but the site did not provide any prospective launch timelines beyond mentioning that suppliers are preparing for a launch. Apple's current sixth-generation iPad sells for $329, and the new model is expected to be available at the same price point.

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19 weeks ago
7th-Generation iPad to Retain Same Design, Touch ID and Headphone Jack

There. Fixed it for you.
Rating: 34 Votes
19 weeks ago
Still hoping for SE 2. If they can keep the iPad and iPad Mini alive, why not the SE?
Rating: 26 Votes
19 weeks ago
So the cheaper iPad has a headphone jack (which the pro doesn’t) and touch ID which I found to be more flexible than Face ID.

Crazy that the pro doesn’t have as many features as the iPad
Rating: 24 Votes
19 weeks ago
I need a new ipad, as I have an ipad 2. $329 sounds like a bargain next to the price of the max. I don't care if it's not the latest and greatest.
Rating: 24 Votes
19 weeks ago
When you're a pony and only know one trick. Introducing the All-New "iPad". It's the best iPad, ever.
Rating: 23 Votes
19 weeks ago
I hope they'll make it a laminated display this time.
Rating: 17 Votes
19 weeks ago
I don’t see a problem here. The “classic” design is friend and true, really durable, unlike the bendy new design. Why does it have to change? For the sake of change? Excuse Apple for perfecting the design already, at least pre-FaceID.
Rating: 16 Votes
19 weeks ago
I'm really looking forward to the new mini. Naturally, Apple will gimp the hell out of it and make it a monumentally difficult purchase decision once again.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 weeks ago
It wonder how much better it will be than the current one? The current one is on sale often for $249. That's just a steal of a price.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 weeks ago
What can I say but...yes! Especially the headphone jack, Touch ID is just fine as well - was hoping for an in screen tech but I like Touch ID.

Have an Air 2 & am ready to replace it. Money is ready.

Still hoping for SE 2. If they can keep the iPad and iPad Mini alive, why not the SE?


Well to keep your hope alive, you did see the icon for the iPod touch with no home button and all screen, right? Could be a small stretch from that to a SE follow up....
Rating: 12 Votes

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