Rumor: Apple will update the basic iPad this fall, target it to students

Apple will update its basic iPad (the non-Pro, non-Air, non-Mini version) this fall with a ninth gen model targeted toward students, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It will sport a thinner design and updated processor. 

The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks that makes sense. Still, I wonder if Apple is falling into the trap of offering two many models in two many product categories.

In September of last year, Apple updated the baseline iPad with the faster and more powerful A12 Bionic chip starting at $329, or $299 for education customers. The baseline update sits at the lower end of the ‌iPad‌ lineup and is tailored for customers needing an affordable ‌iPad‌ for day-to-day use.

The eighth generation of the iPad is available now in 32GB and 128GB configurations. Pricing is US$329 and $429, respectively. You can add Wi-Fi + Cellular to the 32GB and 128GB models for $429 and $559, respectively.

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.