The Pro series might get more power and more impressive specs, but it is the base iPad model, often simply referred to as “iPad,” that is the most popular of them all. And with the latest iPad, the iPad (10th generation), Apple has carried out perhaps the most extensive revamp of its famous tablet. So if you are considering picking up the latest iPad, here are ten new things to keep in mind:
A much higher price
Perhaps the biggest surprise about the iPad (10th generation) is its pricing. After being priced in the vicinity of Rs 30,000 since its inception, the iPad has taken a massive leap up the price ladder and starts at Rs 44,900 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi edition. The 256 GB Wi-Fi variant comes for Rs 59,900. The Wi-Fi and cellular version comes at Rs 59,900 for the 64 GB variant and Rs 74,900 for the 256 GB variant. This is an almost fifty per cent increase over the price of the iPad 9th generation) which was launched at Rs 30,900 for the base 64 GB Wi-Fi model.
New Air-y design
The iPad (10th generation) finally sheds its curved sides and now takes on the straight sides and super slim bezels that are seen on the iPad Air and iPad Pro range. It is actually a little thicker than the iPad Air -7 mm as against 6.1 mm – and a little heavier as well (481 grams to 462 grams), but in terms of appearance, it now can be easily mistaken for an iPad Air.
More colours, and not just shades of grey
The iPad (10th generation) goes beyond the grey and silver shades of previous iPads and comes in stunning new colours – silver, pink, blue and yellow. Grey seems to have been retired. We are not complaining.
A bigger display
The iPad (10th generation) comes with the largest display seen on an iPad. It gets a 10.9-inch liquid retina true-tone display, which seems very similar to the one seen on the iPad Air. The iPad (9th generation) had a 10.2-inch display. Interestingly, the iPad (10th generation) is actually shorter than the iPad (9th generation) in spite of having a bigger display, but it is wider as well.
New, slightly old processor
The iPad, over the past few editions, generally has come with older processors, with the latest and greatest chips being reserved for the Pro and Air series. The iPad (10th generation) is no different. It comes with an A14 Bionic chip, which was seen on the iPhone 12 in 2020. That said, it is still an upgrade from the A13 Bionic on the previous iPad.
USB type C port
In terms of hardware, perhaps one of the biggest changes in the new iPad is the fact that it now comes with a USB Type-C, finally stepping away from the lightning port that was seen in earlier iPads. You will be able to not only charge the iPad through most USB Type C chargers but also connect more accessories to it.
No 3.5 mm audio jack
The iPad Air-like design also means that the iPad (10th generation) is the first iPad to come without a 3.5 mm audio jack. You will have to shell out for a dongle if you want to use your wired headphones with this one.
Welcome, Face ID, goodbye home button
Those slim bezels around the iPad (10th generation) mean that the round home button and a fingerprint scanner that were a part of the iPad for a long time are now history. The new iPad, however, continues to use Touch ID rather than Face ID, with the fingerprint sensor built into the top button, which is for power/display.
Landscape ultra-wide camera
The iPad (10th generation) is the first iPad to come with a camera that is placed on the longer side (the landscape edge) rather than on the top. It comes with a 122-degree field of view and supports Centre Stage, which keeps the focus on the subject even as they move around.
Support for Apple Pencil, but with a new dongle
The iPad (10th generation) might look like the iPad Air, but it comes with support for the older Apple Pencil rather than the second generation one. However, as there is no lightning port (see point 5), users will now have to purchase a USB C to Apple Pencil Adapter to charge the Apple Pencil. Add another dongle to the list!