Apple fans might be in for a treat this week, as sources within the company have reportedly confirmed that new iPad 2023 models are set to be announced on Tuesday, October 17. 

According to 9to5Mac and MacRumors, Apple plans to refresh its iPad Air, iPad mini, and entry-level iPad lineups with upgraded chips and other improvements.

The New iPad Air

The iPad Air, last updated in 2022 with a sleek design and a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, is expected to get the M2 chip, the successor to the M1 chip that powers the latest MacBooks and iMacs. 

Apple 10.9-inch iPad Air (5th Gen 2022)

Weight: 458g | Thickness: 178.5mm | OS: IPad OS 14‎ | Screen:10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone | Processor: Apple M1 with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Cellular: Nano-SIM and eSIM | Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF MP | Front camera: 12 MP, f/2.4, 122˚ (ultrawide)MP | Battery: Li-Ion (28.6 Wh), non-removable

  • Fast M1 Processor
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Apple ecosystem
  • No ProMotion display
  • Front camera on the wrong edge
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The M2 chip would offer faster performance and better battery life for the iPad Air, making it an ideal device for productivity and entertainment.

iPad Mini Updates

The iPad mini, which has not seen a major update since 2021, is rumoured to get the A16 Bionic chip, the same chip that runs the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. The A16 Bionic chip would boost the speed and graphics of the iPad mini, as well as enable features like Face ID and 5G connectivity. 

Apple iPad mini (2021 6th Gen)

Weight: 293g | Thickness: 6.3mm | OS: iPadOS 16 | Screen: 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display | Processor: A15 Bionic chip, 64-bit architecture, 6-core CPU, 5-core graphics, and 16-core Neural Engine | RAM: 4GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Cellular: Nano-SIM, eSIM | Rear camera: 12MP Wide camera with Center Stage, Smart HDR 3 and 4K video | Front camera: 12MP Ultra Wide front camera, 122° field of view | Battery: Li-Ion, (19.3 Wh), non-removable

  • Fast 15 Processor
  • Excellent form factor
  • Apple Pencil Gen 2 support
  • Mediocre battery
  • iPadOS isn't optimized for smaller screen
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The iPad mini is also said to fix the ‘jelly scrolling’ issue that plagued some users of the previous model.

iPad Changes

The entry-level iPad, popular among students and educators, is also due for an upgrade. The current model, launched in 2022 with a 10.9-inch display and an A14 Bionic chip, could get a spec bump with a faster processor and more RAM. The entry-level iPad might also see a price drop to make it more affordable and competitive.

Apple is not expected to hold a special event for these new iPads but rather announce them via a press release on its website. The new iPads could be available for pre-order soon after the announcement and ship to customers in the following weeks.

As expected, Apple has neither confirmed nor denied these rumours, so we will have to wait and see what the company has in store for us this week. Here is a summary of the expected new iPads:

ModelChipDisplayOther Features
iPad AirM210.9-inch Liquid RetinaTouch ID, USB-C, Apple Pencil 2 support
iPad miniA16 Bionic7.9-inch RetinaFace ID, 5G, Apple Pencil support
iPadA16 Bionic10.9-inch RetinaTouch ID, Lightning port, Apple Pencil support

Are you excited about these new iPad 2023 models? Let us know in the comments below!

Jian Bacallan
Jian Bacallan

Technology Content Crafter. Helping you unbox the latest in tech trends, especially with laptops and mobile devices. A PC gaming enthusiast who loves to cook and is currently obsessed with sim games and pizza dough.

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