iPad 10 formalized: Apple finally puts an end to Lightning

iPad 10 formalized: Apple finally puts an end to Lightning

The new entry-level iPad is finally here. Apple ends the transition to USB-C started with its other tablets and comes loaded with new features: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, A15 chip… The design has been revised with a central button expelled as well as a jack port removed.

Finally, the entry-level iPad was the last Apple tablet to struggle with the Lightning port. This is now ancient history. Apple has just presented through a press release the new iPad 10 equipped with the USB-C port, which was already on the iPad Pro, the iPad Air and the iPad mini. It was introduced alongside a new iPad Pro M2 and a new, more powerful Apple TV 4K.

Apple iPad 10 (2022)

The new iPad gains a little in diagonal size, since it goes from 10.2 inches to 10.9. Note that the iPad doesn’t grow that big, which means the edges have been shrunk for the occasion. The panel also gains in finesse as it goes from Retina certification to Liquid Retina. We go to a definition of 2360 x 1640 pixels, slightly finer than the 2160 x 1620 pixels of the iPad 9. The screen shows up to 500 cd/m² of brightness and benefits from True Tone.

The end of the middle button.

The design has been revised with four new colors: silver, pink, yellow and blue. Touch ID now switches to the button at the top of the iPad, simultaneously ejecting the middle button at the bottom, which is a bit dated these days. Of course, it will allow you to unlock the device, but also to identify yourself in applications or even use Apple Pay. Another disappearance: the port jack definitely says hello to iPads. There are no more models equipped with it. Also note the presence of a Smart Connector, making it more versatile than the iPad mini 6.

At the dimension level, we stay very close to the old iPad. It loses 10 grams to reach 477 in the Wi-Fi version, it loses 0.5 mm in thickness by 7 mm. If the height goes from 250.6 mm to 248.6 mm, the iPad 10 is, however, wider at 179.5 mm wide compared to the previous 174.1.

On the front, there’s a single 12-megapixel (122°) ultra-wide camera, probably the same as before. On the back, though, the 8-megapixel sensor has been swapped out for a 12-megapixel one, allowing for 4K video or even slow motion at 240 FPS. Two microphones complete the paraphernalia for teleworking.

Under the hood we can also expect a bit of movement as we find the iPhone 12’s A14 chip, which offers a performance jump of 20% on the CPU and 10% on the GPU. Apple further specifies that compared to an iPad 7, we are talking about performance multiplied by three. It allows the arrival of Wi-Fi 6 and a 5G model.

iPad 10 is also compatible with a new Magic Keyboard created especially for this model and that incorporates a Touch panel. Another notable accessory, the Apple Pencil 1, can be used with this device. iPadOS 16 comes with the new iPad.

A good price increase

Pre-orders are now open. It will be available in the United States from October 26. Count 549 euros as the starting price in 64 GB for Wi-Fi and 789 euros for the cellular version. As a reminder, the iPad 9 started at 389 euros. There are variants ranging from 64GB to 256GB. The new Magic Keyboard is listed for $249. The new protection retails for $79. Let’s add that the old 9th generation iPad is kept in the catalog, starting at $329.

Note that Apple being Apple, of course, you’ll have to pay an extra $10 to buy a pairing adapter with the iPad if you’re using the Apple Pencil 1. In fact, this one is in Lightning.

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