Apple to launch affordable iPad this year

Apple has a bit of a split personality in 2020. On the one hand, they are selling four wheels for their already expensive Mac Pro for the grand sum of $699. On the other hand, they have launched the iPhone SE with modern specs at an affordable $399 price (South African pricing here). Luckily they aren’t finished giving us new devices at an affordable price, with a new affordable iPad coming later this year.

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This device is not going to be a new iPad Mini. There will be a new iPad Mini launched as well, expected to be between 8.5 and 9 inches in size, which is will be launched in the first half of 2021.

Rather, the new affordable iPad will be a full sized 10.8-inch device. It is expected that they follow more or less the same formula as with the 2020 iPhone SE – that is, using an older design with modern internals.

This news comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot on when it comes to Apple insights and upcoming devices. He didn’t mention potential pricing for the new affordable iPad. Currently, the cheapest 10-inch iPad costs $329, so we expect it to be lower than that.

It is also expected that the tech giant will launch a pair of augmented reality eyewear called Apple Glasses in 2022 (although, don’t expect this to be ‘affordable’ in any sense of the word).

Apple has improved their iPad experience significantly in recent years. Where it felt like a large iPhone in the past, with the advent of iPad OS the device is finally looking like a possible laptop replacement, for most uses. People that do more stringent media work will still need a Macbook, though.

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