Apple Launches Redesigned iPad With A Bigger Screen And USB-C
At last, Apple has revealed the new iPad which is introduced with a few major design updates. This new iPad comes with a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with flatter edges, making it look much sleeker. Besides, Apple has moved the webcam to the longer side of the display for the first time on an iPad.
Instead of using the Lightning port around this time, the iPad new model customs USB-C. It’ll be the last modern iPad model to make the switch. Apple has also discarded the headphone jack on this iPad which is a huge downgrade. The company also has removed the home button from the device. As an alternative, Apple has decided to put Touch ID on the power button, making the device have similar features as the newer models of iPad Air and iPad Mini (while the iPad Pro used Face ID). The iPad has support for Wi-Fi 6, and the cellular version now supports 5G.
The new iPad does not have the M2 chip but comes with the A14 Bionic chip in its place. A14 is the same chip that was used in the iPhone 12. It’s also in the upgrade from the A13 Bionic that came with the ninth-generation iPad released last year. According to Apple, the new iPad performs three times better than the seventh-generation iPad released in 2019. It also has “all-day battery life”.
The 10th-gen iPad features a 12MP ultrawide front camera along the landscape edge of the iPad. It also comes with an updated 12MP rear camera with 4K video. The front-facing camera’s horizontal form factor and 122-degree field of view enable it to support Apple’s Center Stage feature that automatically puts you in focus during video calls. Apple has added new landscape stereo speakers and dual microphones too.
According to Apple, this device has support for the first-gen Apple Pencil too and a new Magic Keyboard Folio, which will sell for $249. At least for now, this iPad isn’t changing the entry-level model with the thick bezels and home button. As an alternative, it’s being introduced at a higher price and sold together with it. The updated version of the iPad starts at $449 for a 64GB model. However, the old version starts at $329. The new iPad comes in four colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.