UPDATE: Apple has announced a new Apple Pencil with a USB-C port on Tuesday, October 17, as the iPad lineup remains unchanged with no new models.
Apple will announce updates to its iPad lineup this week, according to sources familiar with Apple’s media plans who spoke to Supercharged. Apple is planning briefings with select media personnel scheduled for later this week specifically focused on the iPad.
Apple last updated the iPad lineup in October 2022 with the M2-powered iPad Pro and the entirely redesigned 10th-generation entry-level iPad. The new products this week are expected to be updates to the iPad mini, iPad Air, and the entry-level iPad.
The sources added that the announcements could happen as soon as Tuesday, October 17.
The updates will feature minor spec bumps, bringing the models in line with faster and more efficient chips. The iPad Air will gain the M2 chip, an upgrade from the current M1 chip, while the upcoming iPad mini will feature the A16 Bionic chip. A rumor this week suggested that with the iPad mini, Apple is looking to address “jelly scrolling,” a phenomenon that causes displayed content to appear laggy and choppy.
The announcements will take place on Apple’s website and its YouTube channel and will not include a flashy hybrid event for significant product announcements. Apple has announced several products through press releases on its website, including the latest iPad Pro with the M2 chip and the M2 Pro and M2 Max Macbook Pros and Mac mini.