Apple’s most affordable iPad has seen some decent upgrades in recent years, but speculation is running high. What did Apple collect for us in the 10th-gen version of the 10.2-inch iPad?
In this article we gather all the latest news, leaks and rumors about the highly anticipated new 10.2-inch iPad for 2022, including release date, new features, design changes, technical features and pricing.
When will the new 10.2-inch iPad be released?
Apple has been stuck in a notch ever since switching from the 9.7-inch iPad to the larger 10.2-inch format. You will usually see them unveiled in September, as you can see from the last few launches:
- iPad 10.2-inch (9th generation): September 2021
- iPad 10.2-inch (8th generation): September 2020
- iPad 10.2-inch (7th generation): September 2019
We have no reason to believe that Apple will change this schedule, as it fits in nicely with its other products. The new 10.2-inch iPad has a good chance of launching in the fall of 2022 and possibly along with the iPhone 14 in September.
How much will the new 10.2-inch iPad cost?
An interesting trend here is that while the price of entry-level iPads in the United States has remained stable for the past three generations, prices in the United Kingdom and Europeans have been falling silently.
- iPad 10.2-inch (9th gen): $ 329 / £ 319 / € 329
- iPad 10.2-inch (8th gen): $ 329 / £ 329 / € 329
- iPad 10.2-inch (7th genre): $ 329 / £ 349 / € 349
Unfortunately for our non-US readers, this trend is unlikely to continue. We expect the new 10th-gen iPad to be priced at roughly the same as the 9th-gen model, but global chip shortages, continued COVID barriers to production and distribution, and inflation in some countries may increase slightly.
Technical features and new features
Here are the upgrades we expect for the 10th-gen iPad, and we’ll make some improvements. Likes To see.
New A14 bionic processor
A pretty safe bet when upgrading is that Apple will move the 10.2-inch iPad to a new processor.
The 10.2-inch iPad (2021) comes with an A13 bionic processor, so most likely it will surpass the A14 bionic found in the iPad Air (4th gen). Since the advent of the 10.2-inch iPad format, Apple has been constantly upgrading the processor every year, so it would be a surprise if it didn’t happen with the 10th-gen model.
Don’t expect the A15, though; The 10.2-inch iPad doesn’t have the latest hardware. And the M1 is absolutely out of the question.
The entry-level iPad is Apple’s last tablet with a Lightning port. The iPad Pro, Air and Mini have switched to USB-C in 2018, 2020 and 2021, respectively.
It’s time for Apple to complete the transition and make things less confusing for iPad buyers. This is without even mentioning the advantages of using the charging standard shared by the rest of the industry – and perhaps, sometime in 2023, the range of the iPhone.
Certainly, sources indicate that the next version of the 10.2-inch iPad will actually see a switch from Lightning to USB-C.
With the iPad Mini (2021) receiving a huge facelift, the home button has been moved and moved to a more colorful lever, meaning that the 10.2-inch iPad is now the only model that still retains the aesthetics of the old design. .
We saw rumors last year that without a complete overhaul, Apple plans to move its entry-level device to furniture recently vacated by the iPad Air (third genre). This means an increase and slight change in the 10.5-inch display.
Another option is for Apple to go full hog and go non-home-button mode, but we’ve seen with the iPad mini (6th generation) that it has increased the price with it. So it may not be the best route to keep the standard iPad affordable.
One of the features we want to see with the new 10.2-inch iPad is a fully layered display.
The current model (and all of its predecessors) has a slight gap between the glass and the display’s touch-panel, which does not give it the same experience when using other current iPads. Obviously, this is to save money, but we want to see that it is finally brought to par with other family members for 2022.
While LTE-enabled iPads may not be on everyone’s shopping list, especially at the more affordable price point, if Apple replaces the A13 Bionic chip with the new A14 Bionic, it means that technically 5G capability will be available. In 2022, both the iPad Air and the iPhone SE have been upgraded to 5G, so why leave the 10.2-inch iPad behind?
And this is another rumor that has some evidence behind it. According to 9to5Mac, the 10th-gen iPad will actually have 5G support.
We will keep updating this article as more details become available. We’re also expecting an update for the iPad mini, and the iPad Pro will probably see a refresh after 2022.
While we wait for the new models, you can check out the roundup of our best iPad deals to get the best possible price in Apple’s current tablet range.