This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The 8th generation entry-level iPad is rumored to be designed like the iPad Pro and will use Face ID for facial recognition, USB-C connector, and support the Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad.
International tech information site 91mobiles has released a design, purportedly the 8th generation iPad (2020), as a blueprint received from a reliable source. The figure has a thinner bezel around the display and a Face ID sensor at the top of the screen, making it look like an iPad Pro.
It also has a USB-C connector instead of the traditional Lightning port. A single rear camera remains, but a magnetic connector (the Smart Connector in the iPad Pro) has reportedly been implemented to connect to the Magic Keyboard. These enhanced features are stated to be a complete redesign that will bring the entry-level model closer to the Pro in the future.
The screen size is said to be 10.84 inches and it also has dual speakers. Prior to this, there have been multiple rumors of a ‘10.8 or 11-inch iPad’, first in April, Taiwan's Commercial Times predicted an 11-inch iPad Air. Then in May, renowned analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo said that there will be a 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, and then DigiTimes, a Taiwanese supply chain intelligence expert, also reported a "10.8-inch iPad Air".
These rumors either don't specify the model or are mostly theories about the next iPad Air. But it's not impossible that it could be the entry-level model, as famous leaker (a leading source of information on high-profile unannounced products) Lovetodream tweeted that the iPad 2020 (The 8th generation entry-level iPad) will use the A12 (iPhone XS-powered SoC).
However, parts such as the TrueDepth camera, which is essential for Face ID, are costly and should easily be avoided in the lower-priced model. On the other hand, there are rumors that the fourth-generation iPad Air will integrate Touch ID into the side buttons. If both of these are true, it would break the scheme of using Face ID on the higher-end models and Touch ID on the lower-end models. We'll have to wait for more news to see if there will be a biometric upheaval in the future.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.