Apple may release its 10th-generation iPad entry-level later this year. As fall approaches, we’re hearing more about a new iPad model with greater hardware and a fresh design. Learn about the new entry-level iPad.
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This year’s entry-level iPad will include the A14 Bionic chip, while the current iPad has the A13. The new iPad, codenamed J272, will use the same chip as the iPhone 12 and iPad Air 4, according to 9to5Mac.
The A13-to-A14 performance jump isn’t huge. A14 Bionic is 30% faster than A13 Bionic. Having a newer chip will help the new iPad last longer because it will get more software upgrades.
This iPad won’t support Stage Manager unless Apple adds extra RAM. This functionality was introduced with iPadOS 16 and allows users to launch multiple app windows at once and use an external display.
A14 Bionic CPU in iPad Air 4 and iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM. The Stage Manager-required M1 chip has 8GB of RAM.
Apple sells 5G iPhones and iPads. The 9th-generation iPad’s cellular models only support LTE. The 10th-generation iPad will support 5G networks, according to 9to5Mac’s sources.
Apple sells iPads with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular, so don’t expect 5G on the base model.
iPad mini gets USB-C
Switching from Lightning to USB-C is one of the most anticipated iPad updates. The entry-level iPad is the only iPad model that still uses Apple’s Lightning connector instead of the USB-C standard.
9to5Mac’s sources say the 10th-generation iPad will use USB-C instead of Lightning. USB-C gives iPad owners higher transfer speeds and more peripherals.
iPhones will be the only Apple devices (excluding accessories) to preserve the Lightning connector for now.
The next 10th-generation iPad is rumoured to contain a USB-C port and a more modern design based on the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro. First-generation Apple Pencil requires a Lightning connector for charging; second-generation attaches magnetically to iPad.
Leaked renderings seem to confirm this. The photos depict a flat-edged iPad design. Schematics suggest the new iPad will be slimmer.
The entry-level iPad’s rear camera protrusion is styled like the iPhone X and XS rather than the iPad Air and iPad mini. Renderings show a vertically aligned lens and microphone on the camera module.
The 10th-generation iPad may not get a new display despite its new design. The new iPad will preserve its rectangular design, thick bezels, and Touch ID Home button, according to leaked renders.
Adding a Liquid Retina display (what Apple calls its latest end-to-end screens) to this iPad would increase the price. 9to5Mac’s sources say the display will grow from 10.2 to 10.5 inches.
MacOtakara says the leaked CAD blueprints aren’t true when Apple comes to the display and Home button, thus the upcoming 10th-generation iPad may have a Liquid Retina display with symmetrical bezels and Touch ID on the Power button.
Face Time camera
MacOtakara claims the FaceTime camera will be “significantly different.” The story suggests the new iPad’s front-facing camera will be on the right, although details are vague.
FaceTime camera in landscape mode was a much-requested change by iPad owners. The iPad’s camera is currently on the left side in landscape mode, giving the impression that the user is not gazing at the screen during a video conversation.
Apple’s 9th-gen iPad costs $329. Due to inflation and the price increases of other Apple products, the business may hike the entry-level iPad’s pricing.
As for storage, 64GB and 256GB should be kept. It’s uncertain if Apple will introduce new colours to the 10th-generation iPad.
Apple is slated to have two events this fall: one to reveal iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, and another to introduce new Macs and possibly the next-generation iPad Pro. However, Apple has previously announced new entry-level iPads during the iPhone keynote, but it may save the 10th-generation iPad announcement until the Mac and iPad Pro event.
Apple may delay iPadOS 16 until October, therefore an October release for the 10th-generation iPad looks likely.