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Budget 2019 iPad needs to include Apple Keyboard [Opinion]

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A budget iPad with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil would be tough competition for a Chromebook.
A budget iPad with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil would be tough competition for a Chromebook.
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Details  on an upcoming pair of iPad models are already trickling out, and today came word that these tablets might support an Apple clip-on keyboard. At least one of these models is expected to target the classroom, making the release of a Smart Keyboard for it a very welcome addition.

This change might help Apple regain some of the ground it’s lost in education.

Upcoming iPads, iPod touch referenced in iOS 12.2 beta

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Apple iPad and Apple Pencil
One of the 2019 iPad models could be a replacement for last year’s 9.7-inch iOS tablet, shown here.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Evidence continues to mount that Apple is readying a pair of 2019 iPad models, along with the return of the iPod touch. Mention of all three are reportedly included in the recent iOS 12.2 beta.

Brief descriptions of them add weight to rumors that these will be low-cost products.

Unknown iPads pop up in Eurasian database

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New mages could be of the rumored iPad mini 5.
iPad mini 5, supposedly pictured here, could have been listed in a Eurasian database.
Photo: Mr-white

Reports that Apple plans to bring out new iPad models in the near future strengthened today when several new tablets appeared in a Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database.

These could be an update for last year’s 9.7-inch model and the rumored return of the iPad mini.

2019 iPad could sport revolutionary 3D scanning tech

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Apple's adding its laser-scanning tech to the next iPad.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple is all-in on augmented reality. This requires sensing the objects around the computer and user, which is why Apple reportedly intends to build its new “Time of Flight” laser scanning technology into the back of the next iPad.

The 2018 iPad Pro isn’t even out yet and there’s already a possible reason to wait on its replacement .