Apple's 10th-gen iPad arrives with more speed & new colorful design

in iPad edited October 2022
Apple's tenth-generation iPad has an overhauled design that more closely matches that of the iPad Pro and iPad Air.

Apple's 10th generation iPad
Apple's 10th generation iPad

Launched alongside the updated M2 iPad Pro, the tenth-generation iPad has undergone the biggest design change of all the new products.

The previous curved edges of the design have been switched out for flat edges, matching the aesthetic of the iPad Pro range and iPhones.

The four new colors of iPad
The four new colors of iPad

To accommodate the larger screen size, Apple has shifted the Home button away from the face of the tablet, in favor of moving it to a side button. This matches the aesthetic of the iPad Air, which too moved Touch ID to the power button.

The effect is that the new iPad now has thinner bezels and so provides a larger display area. Built in to the side bezel, though, is the new FaceTime front or selfie camera.

Inside, the iPad now uses the A14 Bionic system-on-chip, up from the A13 used in the ninth-generation model.

On the back is an 12-megapixel Wide camera with 4K video capability. The FaceTime HD camera continues to be a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with a 122-degree field of view, as well as 1080p video-recording capabilities.

Apple's new Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad
Apple's new Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad

The new iPad is available in four colours -- blue, pink, yellow, and silver. Apple has also released a new $249 Magic Keyboard Folio, reportedly designed specifically for the new 10th generation iPad, but it appears to only be available in white.

The model retains support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. A new USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter is required for pairing and charging and is included in the box with a new version of of the Apple Pencil, which still sells for $99. The adapter on its own retails for $9.

The ninth-generation iPad is remaining in the lineup at an unchanged price of $329. The 10th-gen iPad with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage starts at $449. Cellular models start at $599. Pre-orders start on Tuesday.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    You can really tell how hard it is getting for Apple to create product strata in the iPad lineup at this point.

    We can't make this TOO good, or people won't feel like they want to move up to the next one. We can use the old Facetime camera and limit it to the Apple Pencil, not the 2! But we can't put in an A15, that would be too fast and efficient, and close the gap to the M1 too much. Perfect!
  • Reply 2 of 9
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 1,128member
    It looks like the USB-C to Pencil adapter is USB-C female.

    That means it's Pencil - adapter - cable - iPad to pair/charge, or Pencil - adapter - cable - AC Adapter to charge.

  • Reply 3 of 9
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 3,375member
    I’d love a version of this with a larger screen. 
  • Reply 4 of 9
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,451member
    I cannot believe they keep using the 1st Gen Pencil. Having owned it with 1st Gen Pencil, it was the worst stylus in history of Apple. Who the hell puts it inside the port to recharge when it should be wirelessly recharged? It makes it vulnerable to damage. 

    I just cannot recommend iPads that don't support 2nd Gen Pencils. 

  • Reply 5 of 9
    So, we have a spec bump with A14 Bionic on an iPad and A15 Bionic on an Apple TV. How come? 
    edited October 2022 williamlondonAlex1Nmacplusplus
  • Reply 6 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,213member
    Continuing to use the old pencil after changing to USBc really is a pretty appalling decision. In fact it is despicable.  
    Then there is the A14 inside. The new ATV has more power. 
    You would have to have rocks in your head to buy this iPad. It is obviously a short term filler product.
    edited October 2022 mbenz1962williamlondonAlex1Nmacplusplusdk49muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 7 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,213member

    mknelson said:
    It looks like the USB-C to Pencil adapter is USB-C female.
    That means it's Pencil - adapter - cable - iPad to pair/charge, or Pencil - adapter - cable - AC Adapter to charge.

     That is how the first gen pencil works with older gen product. The lightning male connector goes into the lighting female port on the iPad. Any other charging approach would require another adapter cable. The only diff now is the pencil always needs an adapter to charge, even for the new ipad. 
    Absolutely gob smackingly bad decision.  

  • Reply 8 of 9
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,541member
    St4nf0rd said:
    So, we have a spec bump with A14 Bionic on an iPad and A15 Bionic on an Apple TV. How come? 
    Because the Apple TV doesn't get updated every single year and this does. The CPU is about the only reason they can give for people to upgrade at this point, so they keep it back for next years model.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,436member
    Bewildering that there’s zero mention of screen size. Guess I’ll go check Apple… ok, so 10.9”.

    This lineup is getting kinda silly. The 9th gen should’ve dropped to $299 at the very least. They should’ve eaten the cost for Pencil 2 support on this one. OR why not make an external Pencil 2 charger as a half measure? I was expecting this to  be priced much closer to the 9th gen. All start at 64GB except the Pro at 128, which further complicates things. 

    I don’t envy the Apple retail employees who have to explain how this is different from the Air, and how that is different from the Pro.
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