27 October 2022
Apple has refreshed the base iPad model with an announcement made via press release. The 10th generation iPad comes with a few noteworthy changes over its predecessor. It has a bigger display, 5G connectivity, and finally a USB Type-C port. These changes have also resulted in a price bump this year which means it is not exactly an affordable iPad anymore.
The 10th Gen iPad sports a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 pixels resolution. This is a bigger panel than the 10.2-inch available on the 9th generation model. It offers 500 nits of brightness and supports True Tone technology. Under the hood, it has the A14 Bionic chipset which is claimed to deliver 20% faster CPU performance and 10% faster GPU performance.
There is a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording, and 240fps slow-mo recording. On the front, you will get a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 122-degree FoV and Center Stage. The new iPad features a USB Type-C port and finally ditches the Lightning jack. However, it still supports Apple Pencil (1st Gen) which needs a Lightning jack to charge. It further has WiFi 6 and 5G connectivity.
You will not see a physical Home button on the new model as Touch ID has been moved to the power button. Apple has priced the iPad 10th Gen at $449 for the WiFi variant and $599 for the WiFi + Cellular variant. It will be sold in Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Silver color options. The good news is Apple will continue to sell the 9th Gen iPad from the last year which will now start at $329.