In an exclusive report, 9to5Mac claims that the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad will receive major upgrades this year including a faster A14 Bionic chip, 5G network support, and USB-C connector.
Apple launched the 9th-generation iPad in 2021. Starting from $329, the cheapest iPad model features a upgraded12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, True Tone, 2x storage than the previous model, support for iPadOS 15, and more. However, it came in the same design language as the 8th generation iPad (2020) with rounded edges, thicker bezels, and Home Button.
Apple to bring the new 10th generation iPad at par with high-end models in design and tech
For the more expensive iPad models like mini (2021), Air (2020 and newer), and Pro (2020 and newer), Apple has adopted a flat edge-to-edge design language and introduced a USB-C port for faster transfer speed, and support for a wider range of accessories and more.
Now, those features will be introduced in the new 10th generation iPad model. According to the report, the new model is internally codenamed J272 and will be powered by an A14 Bionic chip which is currently used in the 4th-generation iPad Air and offers 30% better performance than the A13 chip.
The new entry-level model will faster support a 5G network for improved download, upload, streaming, and gaming experience and a USB-C port, finally replacing the Lightning connector.
Having USB-C opens up a world of possibilities for iPad users, as the connector supports faster transfer speeds and even a wider variety of peripherals, while the Lightning connector is still based on the slower USB 2.0 standard and relies on adapters for just about everything. With USB-C, entry-level iPad users will also be able to easily connect it to more modern external displays such as Apple’s Studio Display.
Moreover, it will be equipped with a slightly larger 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch Retina display. It might be possible that Apple has reduced the bezels to provide more screen real estate. However, advanced display features like a wide color gamut with DCI-P3 and higher brightness will be reserved for higher-end models.