Monday, December 4, 2023

Rumor Report Card: New Apple Pencil Announced Instead of New iPads


Over the past four days, there were several conflicting rumors about Apple announcing new iPads, a new Apple Pencil, or a combination of those two things. In the end, the only product announced was a lower-cost Apple Pencil with a USB-C port.

Below, we have put together a rumor report card that recaps all of the reports and speculation leading up to Apple’s press release today.


  • Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said there would not be any new iPads released this month, a claim that remains accurate.
  • Last month, Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said new iPads were unlikely for the remainder of 2023, a claim that remains accurate.
  • Japanese blog Mac Otakara said it believed a new Apple Pencil was likely to be announced instead of new iPads, although it was not a third-generation model with interchangeable magnetic tips, as the report suggested it would be.
  • MacRumors contributor Steve Moser found references to an Apple Pencil with USB-C charging in the second beta of iPadOS 17.1.


  • Supercharged’s Sami Fathi reported that Apple would announce new iPad Air, iPad mini, and entry-level iPad models today, but there are no new iPads.
  • 9to5Mac initially corroborated the report about new iPads, citing its own sources.
  • A leaker known as “Majin Bu” on X, formerly known as Twitter, said an 11th-generation entry-level iPad would be announced today.

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