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iPad 11th-gen 2024 release date, specs and rumors

Release date, specs and rumors for 2024 11th-gen iPad
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The 2024 iPad Pro 11th-gen promises the “first major update to the product since 2018.”

But what might that look like in practice? Read on to find out what we currently know about the 11th-gen iPad and a wish list/rumors of features we hope Apple includes while keeping the price competitive.

iPad 11th-gen 2024 release date

For the past few years, Apple has consistently released its cheapest iPad alongside the latest iPhones at the September event, with availability in stores by the end of that month. However, in 2022, there was a slight change. The new iPad (10th-generation) was introduced in October, along with the iPad Pro M2 and Apple TV 4K (3rd-generation).

In 2023, there were no iPad updates, possibly because Apple was focused on preparing Vision Pro for launch. Additionally, the iPad mini has gone even longer without an update. As of May 2024, the iPad Air and iPad Pro have been updated.

The iPad (and iPad mini) might be announced via a press release later in 2024. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that all four iPad lines (standard, mini, Air, and Pro) will be refreshed in 2024.

iPad 11th-gen 2024 specs

Last time, Apple gave its entry-level iPad a complete makeover. The thick bezels and home button were replaced with a much more modern design.

This time, we’re not expecting anything so drastic. It’s likely to be a more modest update. In October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote, “I don’t believe updates of any significance are imminent,” and given the lack of leaks, there’s no reason to think anything has changed.

A faster processor

The current iPad uses the A14 Bionic chipset, which was first seen in the 2020 iPhone 12. The new model will likely upgrade to the A15 chip from the iPhone 13, though there’s a slim chance it could get the A16 chip from the iPhone 14 Pro and basic iPhone 15.

iPad 11th-gen 2024 processor
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Either upgrade would significantly boost its performance. The A14 Bionic averages around 1,500 for single-core and 4,000 for multi-core scores in Geekbench. The A15 improves these to approximately 1,700 and 4,500, while the A16 would push the scores to around 1,900 and 5,300.

Display and design

The base iPad features a non-laminated, 60 Hz LCD screen. While its colors are decent and it supports True Tone and Night Shift for a comfortable viewing experience, it struggles with light glare and has a rather weak oleophobic coating (anti-fingerprint). There are no signs that Apple plans to change this formula with the 2024 model.

Apple tends to stick with designs for several years, so since the iPad got a facelift in 2022, we don’t expect the 2024 model to change shape. This is actually a good thing — if you already have a Magic Keyboard Folio for the 2022 iPad, it should be compatible with the new model if you decide to upgrade.

Rumors

More storage for 11th-gen iPad

The current iPad offers two storage options: a generous 256GB and a rather limited 64GB. In 2024, 64GB is quite inadequate for a tablet without expandable storage. Ideally, Apple will start the new model at 128GB without raising prices. If not, a 128GB option would be appreciated for those who don’t need 256GB.

Apple Pencil 2 support

Aside from the limited storage, one of the most frustrating aspects of the 2022 iPad was its support for only the first-generation Lightning Apple Pencil. This was particularly inconvenient since Apple removed the Lightning port, forcing users to charge the Pencil with a USB-C adapter.

apple iPad 11th-gen 2024 air
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The 2024 iPad will likely support the USB-C Apple Pencil 3, eliminating the need for an adapter but sacrificing pressure sensitivity. The new iPad would support the Apple Pencil 2 in an ideal scenario. However, this feature will probably remain exclusive to the more expensive models.

apple iPad 11th-gen 2024 camera
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Camera upgrades

The cameras on the 10th-generation iPad are quite good for a device in this class, with the new landscape placement improving video calls. It also supports Center Stage, which keeps you centered on the screen even if you move around. Apple might eventually add Face ID to the 11th-generation iPad, but for now, Touch ID (via the power button) remains the only biometric option.

iPad 11th-gen pricing

Pricing was stable until the iPad (10th-generation) arrived in 2022, which came with a significant price increase due to its redesign. To balance this, Apple continued to produce the iPad (9th-generation) at the same price in the US. But this model saw a substantial price hike in the UK and mainland Europe, rising to £369 and €439 respectively. After removing the 9th-gen iPad from the lineup, Apple has lowered the price of the 10th-gen model worldwide.

Here are the current and previous prices of iPads:

(10th-generation) – now: $349/£349/€439 (was $449/£499/€589)
(9th-generation) – was: $329/£319/€379, then: $329/£369/€439
(8th-generation) – $329/£329/€379
(7th-generation) – $329/£349/€349

The 11th-generation iPad will likely be priced higher, and Apple will keep the 10th-generation model in the lineup.

If you own an iPad 10th gen, hold off on upgrading to the 11th gen as it’s expected to be a minor update. Consider seeking clearance deals on the iPad 10 once the new model launches. And stay tuned for potential pricing changes and unexpected upgrades from Apple.

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