The 10th-generation Apple iPad was announced on October 18 and it is the last of the iPad to share the iPad Pro design language. I know right. It’s about goddamn time. Until the 9th-gen, it had a design that look not a lot different from the earlier generation iPads. Now that it has a new design, it is definitely looking like it belongs to the 2020s.
With the new design, this means the fingerprint sensor has to go since it now has a consistent bezel (though not the most narrow) like the rest of its siblings. The Apple iPad 10th generation gets a bump in display size too. It now has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and it is powered by an A14 Bionic chip.
The chip is not going to break any benchmark record but it is forgivable since the iPad remains an entry-level device. Though the prices have been increased, now starting at US$449 for the Wi-Fi models and US$599 for the Wi+Fi + Cellular models.
Similarly like on the Apple iPad Air, the Lightning port is gone and is replaced by USB-C. Though so, it is not compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil. Instead, it will play well with the first-generation Apple Pencil with a USB-C to Lightning adapter, which will be included with new Pencil purchases.
The cameras have been updated too. The rear-facing camera is now a 12 MP wide camera that supports 4K video recording, and the front, while still a 12 MP ultra-wide, is now relocated to the long side of the device (i.e. the landscape edge).
In addition to USB-C, the new iPad also features a faster Wi-Fi 6 and on the cellular models, 5G radios.
The new Apple iPad 10th generation is available to order with store availability on October 26. It is offered in 64 and 256 GB capacities, and in four new vibrant colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.
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