iPad 9.7′: should we wait for the 2019 model?

The 9.7-inch iPad from 2018 was unveiled last March. Apple has not been used to a great regularity in the renewals of the classic iPad, but there is a good chance that a new model will be unveiled in 2019. Is it worth the wait?

No certainty on the date

The 2018 iPad, introduced on March 27, 2018, took over from the 2017 iPad that was launched on March 21, 2017. The month of March 2019 is no longer very far away, and it is tempting to bet on the holding of a special event early next spring. The history of the classic iPad is however not an exemplary regularity: the iPad Air 2, for example, had been presented on October 16, 2014, and it remained more than two years in the catalog before the iPad 2017 does not replace it.

If the arrival of a new generation of iPad in 2019 is likely, a launch in March remains hypothetical: Apple could quite wait until June with the annual conference of the WWDC, or why not until autumn to take advantage of the simultaneous arrival of new models of iPad Pro, and especially the fad of the holiday season. It’s less likely, but it’s still a possibility.

On the rumors side, there is unfortunately not much to eat, but a renewal early this year has indeed been mentioned by the China Business Times, which says that the iPad 2019 would be reviewed in the same time as the iPad mini during the first half. An iPad mini 5 would actually be in the pipes, Ming-Chi Kuo from the month of October. The sources are few, but it seems rather coherent.

What’s new?

Do not expect a revolution on the side of the classic iPad: Apple reserves the first of its biggest news to the iPad Pro. Barring a big surprise, the 2019 iPad should retain a rectangular screen, with no rounded corners and probably without Facial ID face recognition technology; the problem of price seems to us too important to consider this expensive evolution for the moment. However, Apple could bring an interesting novelty and quite inexpensive on the side of the screen: going from a diagonal of 9.7 “to a diagonal of 10.5”. As we suggested the China Business Times, Apple could indeed adopt the chassis of the iPad Pro 10.5 “of 2017, still in the catalog but which could disappear in 2019 …

This track is interesting, but do not forget that this is only a rumor for the moment. After the iPad Pro, the transition from the Lightning connector to the USB-C connector is also a possibility, but without certainty as well. On the side of the camera, it is the biggest blur: changes are possible, but it is not a strategic component on a tablet. In the radius of evolutions more certain, we finally found only the processor that should once again gain power, the Apple A10 Fusion chip leaving its place to the Apple A11 Bionic chip.

Wait or buy now?

As you can see, the renewal of the classic iPad may be relatively close, but the rumors are still few and the content of the update is largely uncertain for now, even if there are some very interesting evolutions tracks. If you hesitate, know that it is possible that you wait several months a review that may not change your life. Everything depends on whether it is your first tablet or the renewal of an old model that is not in a hurry.

In your reflection, remember that it is possible to get discounts on the iPad 9.7 inches of 2018, as is still the case a few months after marketing. Our price comparison, the discounts are regular at the resellers and the latter can sometimes benefit from a discount of more than 10%. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a 15% discount if you opt for a refurbished model on the Refurb Store ( what is it? ), Although stocks are rarely at the rendezvous they time.