8th-Generation iPad Stocks Running Low Ahead of Next Week's Apple Event

Apple's entry-level iPad stocks are running low at retail stores and online, indicating an update to Apple's most affordable ‌iPad‌ could be in the offing and may even arrive as soon as this month.

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Shipping times for the eighth-generation ‌iPad‌ have slipped into October with three to six week wait times, or are "currently unavailable" in the United States and other online markets, including China, Japan, and some countries in Europe.

With regard to the delays, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman says Apple has told retail employees "not to speculate why to consumers." Gurman adds: "Any guesses why?"

Gurman is alluding to rumors that Apple is near to launching a ninth-generation low-cost a 10.5-inch ‌iPad‌ with an updated A-series chip. The display size is expected to remain the same at 10.2 inches, but it is said to be thinner at 6.3mm, with a lighter overall design.

The tablet is rumored to include 4GB RAM with a Touch ID Home button and Lightning port. As with past versions of the ‌iPad‌, it will be aimed at students and those looking for an affordable tablet option.


Apple's seventh-generation and eighth-generation ‌iPad‌ models were both introduced at September events, and another one is right round the corner. Apple on Tuesday sent out invites to a "California Streaming" event on Tuesday, September 14, where it plans to debut the new iPhone 13 lineup, an Apple Watch Series 7, and possibly new AirPods.

Apple is also rumored to be working on a redesigned iPad mini, but that device is not expected to feature at next week's event. Apple is expected to hold multiple events in the remainder of this year, so we could see it in October or November instead.

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Top Rated Comments

LFC2020 Avatar
12 months ago

What's the base storage though?
Knowing apple, it’ll be 32gb ?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
12 months ago
Sounds like a confirmation new iPads are also coming ?

iPad Mini is what people are waiting for this year.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Crow_Servo Avatar
12 months ago
Pretty strong rumors. Updated chip AND more RAM? Not a bad year for iPad.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
12 months ago
A13 Bionic Beast, incoming ?(iPad emoji)

Can’t believe we still don’t have a iPad emoji ?‍♂️
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sracer Avatar
12 months ago
I'm an odd duck... If there is a 9th gen iPad that has the same chassis as the 8th gen but updated processor (and possibly RAM), I'll be one of the first to get one... along with a smartcover and smartkeyboard. I have no interest in the Air or Pro.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
12 months ago

since they are digital events, they can do 1 hour 2 events easy...last year were 3 events and so on
They need/want attention for a longer period of time...so starting with September and ending with December is the way to go...and after December till March when we can get another spring event for the bigger redesign iMac and macbook air is a short period of time, and from March to June WWDC a little bit more and so on...this way Apple can keep the attention for tech industry for almost all year
The more events we have, the better, Netflix has been horrible lately ?‍♂️??
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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