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Apple event last-minute rumors: Paid podcasts, iPad Pro price hike, new mini

Added 04-20-21 01:15:03am EST - “Apple's 'Spring Loaded' event kicks off at 10 am PT and we're tracking all of the rumors right up until showtime.” - Macworld.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Macworld.com: “Apple event last-minute rumors: Paid podcasts, iPad Pro price hike, new mini”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With mere hours to go before Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event, rumors are still trickling in. Here’s the latest speculation we’ve heard:

A Podcasts service might join Apple One: While Apple’s spring event will be primarily a hardware event, there might be some software and service on the way, too. We’re fully expecting the general releases of iOS, iPad OS, and tvOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3, and watchOS 7.4, there might be one other piece of software on the way too: a new Podcasts service. According to Peter Kafka of Recode Media, Apple will be unveiling a new paid podcast subscription service today. It would be a move in response to Spotify’s own podcast network and Facebook’s plans to create a suite of audio tools.

The new iPad Pro might be thicker: We already knew there was an iPad Pro on the way, likely with a mini LED display (at least in the larger 12.9-inch model), but that new tech might be a consequence. According to Macrumors, who received a series of photos showing the exact specs for the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models and the dimensions are identical with the exception of the thickness: 6.4mm vs 5.9mm. That doesn’t sound like much, but it would be the first increase in thickness since the latest Pro launched in 2018.

There might be a price hike too: When the newly redesigned iPad Pro launched in 2018, it brought a new design, stylus, and Face ID, along with a 25 percent price hike. Prices haven’t changed since—$799 for the 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch one—but a new report from Wedbush analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe claims that the new model will be more expensive. The report doesn’t say how much, only that they will be “modest price increases.”

A new mini and iPad also coming: Also from Ives and Backe is a report that Apple will also be unveiling a new iPad and iPad mini at the event. We’ve heard rumors about smaller bezels on these models, but it’s not clear if this release will be anything more than a spec bump. 

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