The iPad 2019 will retain two much-loved features, new leak suggests

The iPad 2019 will feature a headphone jack and Touch ID, it has been reported.

According to a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple’s upcoming tablet won’t go the same way as the iPad Pro 2018, which divided consumers by ditching both of the aforementioned features.

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The Touch ID system was upgraded to Face ID on the tablet but, as we pointed out in our 4/5 review, losing a headphone jack on a tablet seems odd. That’s definitely not an upgrade.

While this is merely a rumour at present, many people will be glad to hear that the headphone jack could make a comeback. Furthermore, the suggestion that Touch ID will return too, suggests that the iPad 2019 could be just as affordable as the 9.7-inch iPad 2018, which starts at £319.

We loved the iPad 2018, praising its design, price and user experience in our 5/5 review. Not very many products earn top marks here at Trusted Reviews. Here’s our verdict: “The new iPad is an iPad Pro on a budget. You get many of the same features for a fraction of the price, and that makes it hugely compelling.”

Back in February, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note detailing what he believes to be the company’s plans for 2019, and in it he claimed that the iPad will increase in size to 10.2-inches.

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One month prior to this, Bloomberg reported that Apple was set to unveil the new iPad with “a roughly 10-inch screen” and a Lightning port instead of USB-C, in spring. It will likely be joined by the long-awaited iPad Mini 5 and iPod Touch 2019.

What are you expecting from Apple in 2019? Would you be tempted by a low-cost iPad with a fairly modest feature set, as long as it retained the headphone jack? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews.