Apple is expected to announce the redesigned 10th-generation iPad in a press release this month. Though the device has yet to be announced officially, third-party accessory makers have already started selling its cases online. This could mean that the launch of the iPad 10 is close.
10th-generation iPad cases surface online
As reported by Japanese website MacOtaraka, accessory maker ESR has added a bunch of new cases for the rumored 10th-generation iPad to its Amazon store in Japan. Since the new model has not officially been announced, it is important to note that the bezels may not look like the image ESR has used. However, the size is likely accurate.
The cases feature a larger cutout on the back for the rear-end camera. Leaked schematics from August corroborate this camera design. The camera bump on the rear end of the device is expected to be similar to the iPhone X but it will only have one lens along with a flash module. The schematics also show the camera bump protruding from the device, suggesting an upgrade to the camera sensor.
In addition to this, the new ESR cases have a cutout for the power button, hinting at Touch ID coming to the top button of the iPad. If the Home button is removed from the iPad 10, it could allow the tech giant to significantly reduce the bezels of the display. The schematics mentioned do show a Home button.
Adding on to this, ESR says that the new cases are not compatible with older entry-level iPads. This again, suggests a redesign coming to the 10th-generation iPad.
Previous reports on the 10th-generation iPad suggest that it will come equipped with the two-year-old A14 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity, and a Lightning port. It has also been removed that the device will not feature a headphone jack, making it the last device to switch to Apple’s singular port system.
ESR has also put cases for the unreleased next-generation iPad Pro models on sale. From a previous report on the iPad Pro, we know that Apple plans to update the device from the M1 to the M2 chip with no major external redesign.
The 10th-generation iPad is expected to retail with the usual $329 price tag.