Apple has unveiled a new iPad, which features some significant design changes. The device has a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with flatter edges, giving it a much sleeker look, and moves the webcam to the longer side of the display for the first time on an iPad.
This time around, the new model uses USB-C connectivity rather than a Lightning port, making it the last modern iPad model to do so. The company also removed the headphone jack and the home button from this device, which is a major disappointment. Instead, Apple has placed Touch ID on the power button, bringing the device in line with newer iPad Air and iPad Mini models (while the iPad Pro uses Face ID). The device includes Wi-Fi 6 support, and the cellular version now includes 5G support.
The new iPad does not include the M2 chip, instead opting for the A14 Bionic chip. This is the same chip found in the iPhone 12 and an improvement over the A13 Bionic found in the ninth-generation iPad released last year. Apple claims that the new iPad outperforms the seventh-generation iPad released in 2019 and has “all-day battery life.”
The 10th-generation iPad includes a 12MP ultrawide front camera along the iPad’s landscape edge, as well as an updated 12MP rear camera with 4K video. The horizontal form factor and 122-degree field of view of the front-facing camera enable it to support Apple’s Center Stage feature, which automatically puts you in focus during video calls. In addition, Apple introduced new landscape stereo speakers and dual microphones.
Apple says the device will also support the first-generation Apple Pencil and a $249 Magic Keyboard Folio. For the time being, this iPad will not replace the entry-level model with the thick bezels and home button. Instead, it is being sold alongside it at a higher price. The new iPad starts at $449 for a 64GB model, whereas the previous model starts at $329. The new iPad is available in four different colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.