With each new generation of iPhone, Apple often also uses its launch event to showcase a new iPad as well; leveraging everyone’s attention to showcase the updated entry-level offering on its tablet family, however this may not be the case in 2022.
That’s because a new report believes the iPhone 14 launch event, which we expect to take place in mid-September, will not introduce new tablets. Rumors previously pointed to a new low-end iPad as well as the anticipated iPad Pro 2022, but apparently, they’re wrong.
This report comes from the reputable leaker yeux1122 who operates on the Korean blog site naver (opens in new tab). As per the information, the new iPads have not been canceled – instead, they will be released in a follow-up event in late October.
Some extra information about the new entry-level iPad is provided, though it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Apparently, the slate will get a USB-C port for charging, a redesign to look more like the iPad Mini, Air and Pro, with a slimmer bezel and flatter design, no headphone jack and a 5G connection.
Analysis: what about watches?
Note the use of the word ‘generally’ in the first paragraph of this story – sometimes there are exceptions to the rule.
One of the main ones was in 2020, which was likely the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. That year, a month before the iPhone was released, Apple hosted an event for several other devices, including several Apple Watches and the iPad Air 4.
Yeux1122 didn’t mention the Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition or Apple Watch SE 2: three company wearables that leakers think are coming.
So we don’t know for now if these devices will appear alongside iPhones or iPads or in a third event.
The middle option seems more likely, however, to mimic the way shows were organized in 2020 and to prevent fans from losing interest in three different live streams. Apple could show off the two new iPads and three Apple Watches at a major lifestyle-focused event, perhaps with some of its other services like Fitness Plus and Arcade as well.
However, this is just speculation, and we’ll have to wait to find out what products are appearing at the iPhone launch – there’s a real possibility that we’ll only know when the event ends with or without the iPads showing.