hTHE SEVENTH-GENERATION Apple iPad will reportedly dodge a major redesign in favour of retaining Touch ID and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
So says Macotakara, which has allegedly heard from 'Asian suppliers' that Apple's next-generation 9.7in tablet will sport a design identical to its predecessor. This means that, while Apple recently added Face ID authentication to its high-end iPad Pro tablets, the incoming iPad will stick to the now-ageing Touch ID sensor.
It'll also cling onto the 3.5mm headphone jack, according to the sources, despite being first removed from 2016's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and most recently from the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.
Backing up earlier predictions from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Macotakara notes that one supplier has suggested the incoming iPad will feature a larger 9.7in screen, likely inside the same sized chassis as the 6th-generation iPad.
While the report doesn't tell us much else about the incoming tablet, the sources claim it'll debut alongside the iPad Mini 5, which could be announced later this month.
Apple's next miniature tablet sounds like it's in line for a similarly lacklustre update, despite the fact that the last-generation model, the iPad Mini 4, was released way back in September 2015.
According to recent online chatter, the next-gen iPad Mini 5 will look "identical" to the iPad Mini 4, complete with the same 7.9in screen and Touch ID sensor. It'll reportedly see an under the hood upgrade though, and will pack either Apple's A10X Fusion or A11 Bionic chip, the latter of which powered the now-defunct iPhone X.
The two new iPads will reportedly debut alongside Apple's second-generation iPad and AirPower charger, Cupertino's charging matt that was supposed to be released more than 12 months ago. µ
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