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The rumors surrounding a 14.1-inch iPad have shifted. Last week, supply chain analyst Ross Young predicted that the potential device would be branded as the iPad Pro and equipped with the Mini LED/ProMotion display found on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Now, however, Young predicts that the 14.1-inch tablet will not have Mini LED or a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate display, according to a report of MacRumors

At the other end of the spectrum, there are also rumors that the entry-level iPad, which currently retails for $329 and has a 10.2-inch screen, will receive a major upgrade with modern connectivity and specs.

iPad users will soon feel the need for more screen real estate with a new multitasking UI and the new display scaling modes.
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A 14.1-inch iPad without Pro features and advanced screen technology seems a little confusing at first – wouldn’t power users want the biggest screen and all the advanced features? – but the move does make some sense. Apple recently announced a new multitasking feature for iPadOS called Stage Manager, due out later this year that takes advantage of additional screen real estate. In my opinion, at least it wouldn’t hurt Apple to shy away from astronomical prices for the first iPad that could really take advantage of the system (although Samsung charges about $1,000 for its 14.6-inch tablet, so it’s not cheaper.” doesn’t necessarily mean really affordable). That said, the people who would appreciate more screen space the most would be the iPadOS enthusiasts, who probably wouldn’t like to choose between a larger canvas or sticking to the beautiful display technology of the 12.9-inch Pro.

Young predicts that the 14.1-inch iPad will hit the market in the first quarter of 2023.

Part of Apple’s reported decision not to put a maximum screen on the 14.1-inch could be related to supply chain considerations. Looking at the delivery times of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it seems that Apple is struggling to keep up with demand for the Mini LED-equipped tablet. The company’s website predicts that it would be more than two weeks before I could get the base model of the large Pro, while I could get the 11-inch version, or the Air, within hours. Some configurations of the MacBook Pro, which has a 14.2-inch Mini LED display, also seem relatively hard to find.

For Apple’s entry-level iPad, the supply of Mini LED panels probably won’t be a concern quite a while. However, 9to5Mac reports that the tablet will get a refresh later this year, with a 2360 x 1640 screen – the same resolution as current iPad Air† The the screen of the current model is 2160 x 1620, so it seems likely that the screen will be slightly larger.

9 to 5 also reports that the upgraded iPad will join every other current iPad model by having a USB-C connector instead of a Lightning connector, and will also gain 5G capabilities. It will also reportedly include Apple’s A14 chip, an improvement over the A13 in the current model. The report doesn’t say if the company will update the tablet’s design along with its capabilities, but if it actually gets a new screen and port, it would be very odd if the case didn’t change as well. (Besides, how could you fit both a bigger screen and a home button in the same amount of space?)

As for the iPad Pro lineup, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman predicted last week that they will be renewed later this year (they were launched in April 2021). They are expected to get the M2 chip that Apple announced at WWDC. Last year’s rumors indicated that the 11-inch iPad Pro would get the Mini LED, but those have recently also been reversed – Young and noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have both predicted that the smaller Pro iPad won’t get the advanced display technology. While Apple’s “desktop-class” upgrades to iPadOS might be a good fit with a desktop-class upgrade processor, it’s not exactly the most exciting upgrade. Those, it seems, are among the cheaper iPads.

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