Apple plans to launch a big refresh of the entry-level iPad this year – reports 9to5Mac.
Instead of the iterative updates Apple has made to the tablet over the past few years, the 10th generation iPad will supposedly be a much bigger deal.
Sources told the publication that this year’s base iPad will get the A14 Bionic chip, 5G and, for the first time ever, USB-C connectivity, opening up the ability to connect to an external display. The entry iPad will also get the same Retina display as the iPad Air.
The no-suffix iPad is currently the most user-friendly option in the product line, with last year’s iPad 9 starting at $429. A relatively low price meant the iPad missed out on a better display, USB-C, and, for a very long time, a major design update, but much of that could change with the next model.
Apple will finally switch the iPad to USB-C with this year’s release. With that, Apple will have successfully transitioned its entire iPad lineup to USB-C just in time for an EU requirement for the connectivity standard that is expected to come into effect by 2024.
iPads from previous years featured LCD screens, but the iPad 10 is rumored to have a Retina display. The next iPad is expected to have the same screen resolution as the iPad Air 5 launched earlier this year. If so, a slight upgrade in screen size to 10.5-inch or even 10.9-inch is likely.
The 2022 iPad will also pack Apple’s A14 Bionic chip under the hood. At the same time, cellular models will benefit from 5G support. Compared to the A13 Bionic of its predecessor, the A14 Bionic of the 10th generation iPad offers a performance improvement of 30%.
It’s not yet clear how (or even if) Apple will significantly change the physical design of the entry-level iPad with this year’s refresh. However, with Apple reportedly changing so much on the device, it’s a safe bet the tech giant will also revamp its exterior.