Cheap new iPad(s)
Around this time last year, Apple revealed its $329 iPad — no suffix, no superlative, just iPad — to entice tablet shoppers with a taste of modern iOS. That move paid off: In the first full quarter after that iPad launched, Apple’s tablet sales grew year-over-year for the first time since 2013. A sequel was inevitable, and a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman(you know, the guy with the amazingly accurate track record) all but guarantees we’ll see an inexpensive follow-up with loads of education appeal. Exactly how much this new tablet will cost is still a mystery: Some reports suggest the price could dip as low as $260. If true, Apple’s iPad line could suddenly pose a much bigger threat to the Chromebooks flooding schools.
And that definitely isn’t the only iPad Apple is working on at the moment. References spotted in iOS 11.3’s beta code back in January also point to the existence of “Modern” iPads that are rumored to have Face ID sensors to replace the tablets’ traditional home buttons. Based on regulatory approvals that recently surfaced in Europe, it looks like Apple is indeed updating its two existing iPad Pro models, but we’re not convinced that Apple would unveil them at a specialized event like the one happening next week.