While Apple’s iPad Pro models appear to have moved into a comfortable 18-month release cycle, it’s become harder to peg down what Apple’s schedule is like for its other iPad models.
The non-Pro iPad lineup in fact saw two years of total neglect before Apple released another entry-level iPad, and that’s been on a (mostly) annual refresh cycle since, Apple mixed things up last year by reintroducing the iPad mini and slotting in a new mid-tier model in the form of the rebranded iPad Air. This also resulted in the lower-end iPad being pushed off to a fall release, where it got a larger 10.2-inch screen, but not much else to distinguish it from the 2018 model that came before.
So it’s anybody’s guess whether Apple has another refresh of its iPads in store for this spring. We’ve heard almost nothing about it, and Apple’s A12-equipped iPad Air and iPad mini are certainly still powerful enough that they’re not really in need of an update, and Apple is likely focusing all of its iPad engineering efforts on the new iPad Pros right now.