Rumors have been circulating that Apple was planning to unveil a new 11th-generation iPad on Tuesday. However, the only new product released was a $79/£79 Apple Pencil with a USB-C port, and nothing else. It has since been discovered that Apple did release a new iPad on Tuesday, although it may not be exactly what was expected.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple has recently revealed that the 10th-generation iPad in China now includes eSIM compatibility. This information was shared in a press release on the Apple China website for the new Apple Pencil (USB-C), which states, “The updated iPad (10th generation) wireless LAN + cellular model in China will now support eSIM for cellular network data plans. This will provide users with quick, seamless, and secure cellular data connections without requiring a physical SIM card.”
This is the recently released iPad that was heavily discussed by leakers and analysts. However, it is not an entirely new iPad, but rather a specific spec upgrade exclusive to China. It is not particularly exciting. iPads in the U.S. already have eSim support, making an update unnecessary.
If you were planning to purchase a new iPad and were anticipating the arrival of the rumored 11th-gen model this month, it seems that you can halt your wait. The new iPad has not been released, otherwise, Apple would have introduced it alongside the new Apple Pencil (USB-C) and would not have updated the 10th-gen iPad with eSIM in China.
You can purchase one now (it’s currently discounted by $50 on Amazon). Also, best of luck in deciding which Apple Pencil to choose.
10th-gen 10.9-inch iPad (2022)
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