As rumors of new iPad updates continue to swirl, a new report from Bloomberg today offers additional details. According to the report, Apple could announce new iPad Pro models “as early as April,” with updates to the iPad mini and entry-level iPad also expected sometime this year.
The primary new detail in today’s Bloomberg report is that Apple has tested new iPad Pro models with a Thunderbolt port. Currently, the iPad Pro is limited to USB-C, which features the same port design but more limited expandability:
In testing, the new iPad Pros have used a Thunderbolt connector, the same port on the latest Macs with custom Apple processors. The port doesn’t require new chargers, but it would enable connectivity with additional external monitors, hard drives and other peripherals. It’s also faster at syncing data than the USB-C technology used in the current models.
The report goes on to say that Apple will unveil a “thinner and lighter” version of its entry-level iPad later this year, while a new iPad mini could also come “as early as this year.” The new iPad mini would reportedly feature a larger display.
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