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Competing rumors cast doubt on October iPad update

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More discussion from leakers has cast doubt on the possibility of a new iPad on Tuesday, with the latest claim pointing to a new Apple Pencil instead of an iPad update.

Rumors have claimed Apple is preparing for an event in the near future, potentially launching a number of updated iPads. However, if other reports are to be believed, the chances of an iPad introduction during an October event is now even less likely.

In a Sunday post, Macotakara chimes in on the weekend's report from about "select media personnel" briefings about the iPad, and a possible announcement as early as October 17.

Not long after, Mark Gurman's newsletter for Bloomberg offered skepticism about the Tuesday rumor. While updated iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini models are all allegedly in development with faster chips, Gurman doesn't believe updates of significance are imminent.

Gurman's doubts follow along the same likes as TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said it was "unlikely" for there to be iPad range changes before the end of 2023.

Macotakara added an odd prediction to the post, that instead of updating the iPad itself, Apple would instead introduce an Apple Pencil 3 equipped with a replaceable magnetic tip. This was a rumor spread by leaker Majin Bu earlier in the week.

One other rumor that isn't mentioned but supports the theory of a new Apple pencil would be a report from October 3, claiming there were code references to a USB-C Apple Pencil. At the same stroke, it could also be a reference to the existing Lightning Apple Pencil with a USB-C dongle.