Apple’s most affordable iPad has seen some decent upgrades in recent years, but thoughts are turning towards the next iteration. What has Apple got in store for us in the 10th-gen version of the 10.2-inch iPad?
In this article we gather all the latest news, leaks and rumors about the highly anticipated new 10.2-inch iPad (rumored to be 10.5-inch), including release date, new features, design changes, tech specs, and pricing.
If renders obtained by MySmartPrice are accurate, Apple is gearing up to launch a new version of the standard iPad. The renders indicate that Apple’s low-end iPad will be getting a new design, including a larger screen, this year.
10th-generation iPad release date: When will the new iPad arrive?
Apple has settled into a groove since the switch from the 9.7-inch iPad to the larger 10.2-inch format. Usually you’ll find them being unveiled in September, as you can see from the timing of the last few launches (see below):
iPad 10.2-inch (9th gen): September 2021
iPad 10.2-inch (8th gen): September 2020
iPad 10.2-inch (7th gen): September 2019
We didn’t see Apple update the iPad at its event on September 7 but it is feasible we could get new iPad news in October 2022.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has reported that iPadOS 16 will be delayed until October to tie in with the launch of new iPads. There are reports that a new-look iPad could launch very soon. MacTakara has claimed that the iPad 10th generation iPad is coming with cases already appearing on Amazon.
However, it is possible that only the iPad Pro will be updated in October 2022, with a new standard iPad, with a new design, following in spring 2023.
Read more about the next Apple Event.
10th-generation iPad price: How much will the new iPad cost?
While the U.S. price of the entry-level iPad has remained constant for the past three generations, and we don’t expect that to change, due to the effects of inflation it is likely prices will rise with the release of the new models in the U.K. and elsewhere. The U.K. and other places have already seen prices rise with the launch of the M2 MacBook Pro and Air, and the new iPhone 14 range, so higher prices are likely to be something we have to get used to.
Here’s how prices look right now, we expect Euro and Sterling prices to increase.
iPad 10.2-inch (9th gen): $329 / £319 / €329
iPad 10.2-inch (8th gen): $329 / £329 / €329
iPad 10.2-inch (7th gen): $329 / £349 / €349
10th-generation iPad design: What will the new Pad look like?
With the iPad mini (2021) receiving a massive facelift that saw the removal of the Home button and a move to more colorful liveries, this means that the 10.2-inch iPad is now the only model in the range to still retain the old design aesthetics, but this may be about to change!
We saw rumors in 2021 that rather than a complete overhaul, Apple was planning to move its entry-level device into the furnishings recently vacated by the iPad Air (3rd gen). This would mean an increase to a 10.5-inch display with little else changing. Newer reports have indeed suggested that a larger screen is destined for the iPad – an increase from 10.2- to 10.5-inch.
Those renders from MySmartPrice do seem to indicate that a new design is coming though, with slimmer bezels and flatter edges – like the iPad Pro.
The renders indicate that the new iPad will have a similar bezel-heavy design as the current 9th generation iPad, but with a wider screen. The device will also be slimmer device and have flat edges. The measurements are 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.27 inches (248.62 x 179.50 x 6.98 millimeters).
MacTakara also describes the new iPad as “The iPad (10th generation) is a larger design of the iPad mini (6th generation)”, suggesting that rather than being based on the iPad Air it will instead be based on the iPad mini.
The new iPad may also come in some new colors, similar to the iPad Air.
Home button and Touch ID
Despite the rumored changes to the design it is possible that the iPad will not lose its Home button with Touch ID. Some reports suggest that the new design will still incorporate the Home button at the base.
However MacTakara (above) suggests that there will be a “top button/Touch ID sensor” similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini.
As we mentioned above, an increase from 10.2- to 10.5-inch is expected for the iPad screen.
Another change to the display we’d like to see introduced with the new 10.2-inch iPad is a fully laminated display. On the current model (and all that preceded it) there is a slight gap between the glass and the touch-panel of the display, which makes it not quite the same experience as when using any of the other current iPads. Obviously, this is to save money, but we’d like to see this finally brought into parity with the other members of the family for 2022.
10th-generation iPad specs: Will new the new iPad be faster?
Here are the upgrades we expect for the 10th-gen iPad, plus a few improvements we’d like to see.
A pretty safe bet when it comes to upgrades is that Apple will move the 10.2-inch iPad up to a newer processor.
The 10.2-inch iPad (2021) comes with an A13 Bionic processor, so it seems very likely this will move up to the A15 Bionic found in the iPad mini or the M1 found in the iPad Air.
The MacTakara report indicates that an M1 can be expected.
The entry-level iPad is the last of Apple’s tablets with a Lightning port. The iPad Pro, Air and mini switched to USB-C in 2018, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
It’s time for Apple to complete the transition and makes things less confusing for iPad buyers. That’s without even mentioning the benefits of using a charging standard shared by much of the rest of the industry–and maybe, some time in 2023, the iPhone range too.
Sure enough, sources indicate that the next version of the 10.2-inch iPad will indeed see a switch from Lightning to USB-C.
And with a new law in the European Union requiring USB-C to be used in mobile devices, there’s a very good chance the next iPad will make the switch.
While LTE-enabled iPads might not be on everyone’s shopping list, especially at the more affordable end, if Apple does replace the A13 Bionic chip with the newer A14 Bionic, then this means that technically 5G capabilities would be available. With the iPad Air and iPhone SE both upgraded to 5G in 2022, why leave the 10.2-inch iPad behind?
And this is another rumor with some evidence behind it. According to 9to5Mac‘s sources, the 10th-gen iPad will indeed get 5G support.
On the back, Apple is rumored to be adding a second camera with an vertical array that looks something like the iPhone X.
The front camera is expected to remain at 12MP
No headphone jack
The iPad could also be about to lose the headphone jack – it’s the last iPad to have the headphone and speaker port.
While we wait for the new models, you can check out our roundup of the best iPad deals to get the best possible prices on Apple’s current tablet range. We also have a round up of 9th-generation iPad deals.