New 10.5-inch iPad could make surprise appearance at iPhone 13 event

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Will we get more than anticipated from today's Apple keynote?
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The ninth-generation iPad could make its debut during Apple’s big iPhone 13 event later today, according to one tipster. The new device is expected to come with a slightly larger display and a faster Apple chip, as well as a revamped design that’s similar to that of the iPad Air and iPad Pro.

iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 are expected to be the stars of today’s “California streaming” keynote. But Apple is expected to announce other new hardware, too — including a much-anticipated third-generation AirPods refresh. Could we also see an upgrade to the low-cost iPad?

iPad refresh could land today

Yes, according to Weibo user @PandaIsBald, who has previously shared information regarding iPhone 13. The tipster claims a new ninth-generation iPad will appear today, and says it could come during Apple’s event alongside the other announcements — or just after it.

The device is expected to offer a slightly larger 10.5-inch display as well as a faster processor. It could also look very different, with Apple expected to introduce a more modern design much like that of the newest iPad Air and iPad Pro. It will still feature a physical Home button with Touch ID, however.

The new iPad will remain a low-cost device, predominantly aimed at students, earlier reports have indicated.

Don’t get your hopes up

Although we expect lots of exciting announcements from Apple today, a new iPad isn’t one of them. More reliable sources have reported that the device will be launched at its own event alongside a new iPad mini (and possibly new MacBook Pro models) sometime later this fall.

It would be unlike Apple to quietly roll out an iPad refresh — particularly with big design changes and improvements — in a press release after announcing a brand-new iPhone and Apple Watch. It makes more sense to wait for the excitement over those products to die down before introducing more.

Having said that, Apple has surprised us plenty of times in the past, so you never know. Just try not to get your hopes up for a new iPad just yet.