- Next entry-level iPad to feature a refreshed design
- Might come with a relocated TouchID sensor and FaceTime HD camera
- Release of iPad OS 16 has been delayed
A new supply chain report from Macotakara claims Apple could integrate the Touch ID sensor in the power button instead of the home button in the upcoming 10th generation iPad. The report notes that the Cupertino-based electronic giant might move the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to a side-mounted power button – a similar arrangement to the one found on the iPad Mini 6th generation.
Over the past few years, Apple has overhauled the design of all iPad models – including the Air and Mini – with slimmer bezels and flat edges. The design of the entry-level iPad, though, has remained more or less the same for the past few generations. This is set to change with the upcoming iPad 10th generation.
Past leaks indicate that Apple’s next-generation entry-level iPad will finally get a refreshed design with slim bezels, flat edges, and a side-mounted power button. It has also been suggested that the FaceTime HD camera will be moved to the right side of the tablet in order to allow easier video chats in landscape mode.
iPadOS 16 officially delayed
A few weeks ago, rumours began circulating that for the first time ever, Apple would not release iPadOS 16 and iOS16 simultaneously – with a month’s gap between the releases. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple has now officially confirmed the same. The company said – “This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.”
According to multiple reports, the delay is because of the new Stage Manager feature, which brings improved multitasking to iPads with Apple’s M1 chip. Stage Manager shows small snippets of open applications on the left side of the tablet’s display, with the main application displayed in the centre.
Apple is set to unveil its latest generation iPhone 14 line-up next month. While there is no official launch date yet, rumours suggest Apple will unveil the iPhone 14 alongside the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max and possibly even the iPhone 14 Mini on September 7. Next-generation iPads are expected to be either unveiled at this same event or a month later via a separate event.