The upcoming redesigned iPad 10 is currently in production, ahead of its September launch according to DigiTimes, and will enter mass production on schedule, if the current power restrictions in China do not prolong for an extended period of time.
iPad 9 was introduced in 2021 with the same design language as its predecessor but advanced features like an A13 Bionic chip, 10.2-inch Retina display, 8MP Wide camera and 12MP Ultra Wide camera, home button with Touch ID support, and more.
Rumor mills claim that the 2022 iPad 10 model will receive a major upgrade with a flat edge-to-edge design language, A14 Bionic chip, larger 10.5-inch display with thinner bezels, 5G network support, vertical protruding rear camera, no headphone jack, and more.
The new iPad 10 might face supply constraints if power restrictions in China go beyond August
Without giving details of the expected design changes and features of the new iPad 10 model, the report mentions that the tablet might face supply constraints because of temporary power restrictions imposed on factories in the southwestern Sichuan province in China.
To prioritize power supply in the residential areas amidst the ongoing intense heat wave, the Chinese government has cut the power of industrial users in 19 cities throughout the province and has ordered them to halt production till August 20.
The larger volume of iPads is manufactured at Foxconn and Compal units in Sichuan. If the current shutdown only lasts for six days as scheduled then it will not impact production efficiency in August.
However, an extension in the restriction beyond August 20 is likely to impact the mass production of iPad 10.
Previously, it was reported that Apple is planning to diversify its supply chain in China and expand outside the country to avoid production delays.