New budget iPad coming in late 2024 from Vietnam


iPad in use
iPad 11 is coming, but not soon.
Photo: Apple

iPad 11 reportedly won’t be one of the tablets Apple unveils in March 2024. Instead, the next generation of the most affordable iPad won’t be out until the second half of the year.

And part of the development will supposedly happen in Vietnam.

iPad 11 coming 2H 2024

Apple gave its entry-level tablet a significant upgrade in 2022 with a larger screen, USB-C, a faster processor and other enhancements. It seems the company thinks it’s good enough for now because there was no 2023 update to the device. And there apparently won’t be one for many more months.

iPad 11 “will be available in the second half of next year,” according to a report published Friday by Nikkei.

No specifics about the device are available at this time, but there’s a good chance it’ll simply be nearly identical to the iPad 10 except with a newer, faster processor. Apple usually waits at least three years before redesigning its tablets.

Those looking a new, more high-end model won’t have as long a wait. The first 12.9-inch iPad Air and the much-anticipated iPad Pro with an OLED screen are expected to launch in March 2024.

Good morning, Vietnam

As part of Apple expending its product assembly process beyond China, an important phase of the development process for iPad 11 will take place in Vietnam.

As Nikkei reported:

“Apple is working with China’s BYD, a key iPad assembler, to move new product introduction (NPI) resources to Vietnam. NPI involves a tech company like Apple collaborating with suppliers on the design and development of new products to make sure the blueprints are doable.”

This isn’t the first time Apple has had tablet made in the Asian country. iPad assembly started there in 2022.


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