Recently, there have been reports indicating that Apple is preparing for a product launch on October 17. However, a fresh leak contradicts these reports, suggesting that instead of new iPads, Apple might unveil its third-generation Apple Pencil with a magnetic tip. Since Apple has not officially confirmed anything yet, there’s a possibility that we could witness updated iPad models or a new Apple Pencil.
Here’s what we currently know.
According to information from a Japanese blog called “Mac Otakara” and a leaker known as “Majin Bu,” the new Apple Pencil may offer interchangeable magnetic tips to cater to various artistic needs, such as drawing, technical drawing, and digital painting. This would be a notable departure from the second-generation Apple Pencil, introduced in October 2018, which featured a non-magnetic tip with replacement options.
The existing second-generation Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to select iPad models, including the 2018 and newer iPad Pro, the 2020 and newer iPad Air, and the latest iPad mini. The first-generation Apple Pencil, equipped with a Lightning connector, is still available for older iPad models, and there have been rumors of a potential update to introduce a USB-C connector.
Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has indicated that Apple is working on new iPad models, but their release may not happen this month. Instead, the upcoming event is expected to focus on the new Apple Pencil. Previously, reports suggested that the iPad Air, iPad mini, and the base model iPad could be announced with improvements expected in both design and hardware.
Leaked information so far suggests that the current iPad Air, powered by the robust M1 chip, might receive an upgrade to the M2 chip, promising significant performance and efficiency enhancements. Meanwhile, the iPad mini is set to receive an upgrade to the A16 Bionic chip, addressing the “jelly scrolling” issue, resulting in smoother and more responsive scrolling. The base model iPad, which was updated just a year ago, is also rumored to receive an upgrade, although specific chip details for the 11th-gen model remain undisclosed. Speculation points to the potential inclusion of the A16 chip, aligning with the enhancements in the iPad mini.
To sum it up, Apple’s October event could potentially introduce the third-generation Apple Pencil with magnetic tips, catering to creative needs. Additionally, we might witness the unveiling of a new iPad lineup featuring upgrades aimed at enhancing performance and user experiences. It would certainly be intriguing if the event primarily focuses on a stylus rather than new iPads.
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