The 2022 iPad 10 finally receives major upgrades like redesigned flat edge-to-edge casing, a 10.9-inch larger display, an A14 Bionic chip, and a 12MP Wide camera, and 12MP landscape Ultra Wide front camera, for the first time ever on an iPad.
The new iPad 10 also transitioned from a Lightning connector to a USB-C connector but it is discovered that its USB-C port delivers slower data transfer speed than other comparable USB-C iPad models like iPad mini (6th generation), and iPad Air (5th generation), 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation).
It must be noted that 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation and later) feature USB‑C connectors with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4. Therefore, they are not comparable to iPad 10.
iPad 10’s USB-C port delivers the same data transfer speed as iPad 9’s Lightning port
iPad 10’s review by The Verge revealed that the tablet USB-C port is limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480 Mbps for data transfer which is the same as the iPad 9 with a Lightning port.
Furthermore, a test of iPad 10’s data transfer speed by @Max Tech corroborated that it is limited to USB 2.0. The YouTuber said it was heartbreaking that Apple added this limitation in a new iPad which is going to be around for a few years to make the iPad Air 5 better.
Average users who do not use their iPad for heavy data transfers are not going to notice the limitation. But those customers who do want faster data transfer speeds on a budget device should opt for the following iPad models with USB-C ports.
- iPad mini (6th generation) starts from $499 it offers up to 5Gbps for data transfer.
- iPad Air (5th generation) starts from $599 it offers up to 10 Gbps for data transfer.