Apple announced its 10.2-inch iPad 9 (2021) model in September of last year. Powered by the A13 Bionic chip, the tablet features 64GB base storage, a True Tone display, and an ultra-wide front camera with center stage.
When the device was released, many users said the iPad is a great value for what it offers but its design is dated. According to a new report today, Apple will release a 10th generation iPad in late 2022 featuring the same externals ahead of a major redesign in 2023.
Apple’s 2022 iPad will only feature upgraded internals, redesign coming in 2023
Following a recent report that the 2020 iPad Air will be replaced with a model that keeps the refreshed design but offers “specifications similar” to the iPad mini 6, leaker @dylandkt revealed that the same will happen with the standard iPad. Towards the end of this year, a 10th-generation iPad is rumored to launch with 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and an A14 Bionic chip. Apple’s A14 processer is currently used in its 2020 iPad Air and iPhone 12 lineup.
Other than the upgraded internals, the device will remain as it is, according to leaker Dylandkt:
The iPad 10th Generation is coming out towards the end of this year with 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, A14 processor, 10.2 inch display, and the lightening connector. This will be the last model before a redesign is to take place in 2023.
— Dylan (@dylandkt) January 17, 2022
The current entry-level iPad is powered by the A13 Bionic chipset which provides 20% faster computer and graphics processing as well as a stronger neural engine to make features such as Live Text work more efficiently. The tech giant also introduced LPDDR4X RAM to the device, an upgrade over the LPDDR4 RAM in the eighth-gen iPad.
In terms of display, the current 9th generation iPad features a 10.2-inch 1620 x 2160 LCD screen with a Home button. It is also the only device that uses has a Lightning port instead of the USB-C one found in the iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air.