Apple has been working on more significant upgrades for its less expensive 10th Gen iPad this year. According to information obtained by 9to5Mac, the new 10th-generation iPad (codenamed J272) will have a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. This indicates that Apple intends to bring USB-C to the entire iPad lineup, as the iPad Pro received the update in 2018, the iPad Air in 2020, and the iPad mini in 2021.
The Lightning connector is still based on the slower USB 2.0 standard and requires adapters for almost everything, whereas USB-C opens up a world of possibilities for iPad users, as the connector supports faster transfer speeds and even a wider variety of peripherals, whereas the Lightning connector is still based on the slower USB 2.0 standard and requires adapters for almost everything. Entry-level iPad users will be able to connect their devices to more modern external displays, such as Apple’s Studio Display, using USB-C.
According to the report, the new entry-level iPad will have a Retina display with the same resolution as the iPad Air. We can expect a slight screen increase to 10.5 inches or even 10.9 inches from the current 9th-generation iPad, which has a 10.2-inch LCD screen. More modern display specs, such as DCI-P3 wide color gamut and higher brightness, will, however, be reserved for the more expensive iPads.
At the same time, the A14 Bionic chip is expected to be used in the 10th-generation iPad, as it was in the 4th-generation iPad Air. The performance gains should be around 30% when compared to the A13 Bionic, which is used in the current entry-level iPad. Apple will also add support for 5G networks to cellular models.
Unfortunately, we don’t know whether the new 10th-generation iPad will keep the same design as the iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad Pro, or whether Apple will switch to a more modern design that will match the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro. However, based on what we know about the new display and connector, the design change appears to be a foregone conclusion.
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