Apple to Launch New Low-Cost iPad in Second Half of 2024

Apple will release a new entry-level iPad in the second half of next year, according to a Taiwanese report on Apple's product development resource allocation plans.

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Nikkei Asia reports that Apple is working with China's BYD, a key ‌iPad‌ assembler, to move new product introduction (NPI) resources to Vietnam. NPI refers to when Apple works with suppliers on the design and development of new products to ensure they can be made properly in a new manufacturing plant. Apple has not moved NPI resources to Vietnam for such a core device before.

Engineering verification for test production of the new ‌iPad‌ model will start around mid-February next year, according to the report's sources. The entry-level model, likely to be an 11th-generation ‌iPad‌, will then become available in the second half of 2024.

Starting at $449, the "‌iPad‌" is Apple's low-priced mainstream ‌iPad‌, last updated in October 2022 with a complete redesign, larger display, USB-C port, A14 Bionic chip, 12-megapixel camera, and more.

Apple was thought to be working on a new version of the low-cost ‌iPad‌, and the 11th-generation model is expected in 2024, but a more specific timeframe for its launch has not been rumored. There are no rumors about new features coming in the 11th generation model, but it is likely to get an updated processor and possibly camera upgrades.

Apple's relocated ‌iPad‌ production to Vietnam follows a trend of Apple diversifying its supply chain and reducing its reliance on China as a major production hub with decades of experience in hardware manufacturing. Apple is also sending some NPI resources for the iPhone to India.

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Top Rated Comments

scheinderrob Avatar
11 weeks ago
with 128MB of storage and 16MB of ram
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gpat Avatar
11 weeks ago

with 128MB of storage and 16MB of ram
Makes sense. There will be lots of fanboys defending this choice because "it would be wasteful to give more to users that wouldn't use them anyway"
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TechRunner Avatar
11 weeks ago
Wouldn't the 11 be an updated 10? That render appears to be way off, unless it's just a stock photo and not intended to be a render of the actual design, in which case they should have used a photo of the 10th gen.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snipr125 Avatar
11 weeks ago

Price back down to just above $300? Guess they might use the M1 for this (fingers crossed)
I reckon the price will stay the same, but using M1 in the ipad 11 you might be on to something there.

IPP - latest M3 chip
Ipad Air - previous gen M2chip
Base Ipad - 2 generations old M1 chip
Ipad Mini - current A chip e.g. A17 Pro which has more overall performance than M1

This would work for me
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Adamj53 Avatar
11 weeks ago
iPad SE, iPad and iPad Pro.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Toutou Avatar
11 weeks ago

Don't they already have an average CPU, LCD model? What are we doing now, Apple.
Umm, updating that exact model, which will be 2 years old at that time?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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