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(Pocket-lint) – Apple could update its base model iPad with USB-C this fall. That’s right: The Cupertin-based company may finally be ditching the decade-old Lightning port on its entry-level tablet, 9to5Mac reports.
Apple already offers USB-C on its newer iPad models, allowing the tablet to be plugged directly into displays and getting faster data transfers with other devices. Keep in mind that the current base iPad (9th generation) is the last Apple tablet to feature Lightning technology. It’s also the latest to feature a home button and a few other features that are starting to get a bit outdated.
Rumor has it that the new base iPad arriving later this year will get some additional upgrades, beyond USB-C, though. For example, it could have a bigger screen with the same resolution as the iPad Air. It could also feature the A14 Bionic chip from the fourth-generation iPad Air. There is even talk of the arrival of 5G on cellular models.
It’s still unclear whether Apple will refresh the base iPad design later this year. Some would also like to see support for the second-generation Magic Keyboard or Pencil.
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Written by Maggie Tillman.