The 10th generation iPad has a “new” design and now offers USB-C support. Packed with the A14 Bionic processor released by Apple in 2020, this new model is very reminiscent of the iPad Air announced in the same year. Moreover, the iPad 2022 has become more expensive. We had a chance to test the new iPad 10 and here are our first impressions.
Apple iPad 10 (2022) release date and price
The starting price of the Apple iPad 2022 has increased to $449, which is a significant difference from the $329 of the 9th-generation iPad. Like last year, Apple offers only two types of ROM memory: 64 GB and 256 GB. However, available colors are extended to blue, silver, yellow and pink.
The iPad 2022 will be released on October 26, the same day as the iPad Pro tablets, and Apple is also unveiling the new Magic Keyboard Folio to pair with the iPad 10. The Keyboard with Folio Case + Kickstand retails for $249. Interestingly, it has a trackpad and full-sized keys.
The new tablet supports Apple Pencil (1st generation). In the box, Apple sends a lightning adapter for charging purposes.
Design and display
In design, the iPad 2022 reminds me of the iPad Air series. The 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display stretches all the way to the edges and offers up to 500 nits of maximum brightness, with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels and True Tone technology. What’s really interesting here is that USB-C has now finally replaced the Lightning port and headphone jack. Another important change is that Apple has relocated the fingerprint scanner and removed the home button, resulting in thinner bezels.
As a fan of the 5th-gen iPad Air, the design change in the series is very welcome. Support for the Magic Keyboard Folio instead of the Smart Keyboard is a plus for this generation, which matches the design of the Air and Pro series accessories. In addition to the fact that the iPad weighs 477 grams, the magnetic connection on the back of the folio is great when consuming content.
The only drawback is that the screen refresh rate is only 60 Hz. In other words, we don’t have a promotional feature here.
The iPad 10 runs iPadOS 16 out of the box, and the tablet offers the much-anticipated Stage Manager feature, but it’s limited to certain apps like FaceTime. However, the main new features of the new Apple iPad software are found in the basic differences of the series.
As of iOS 16, users can edit and delete messages using the Messages app. But of more interest to those who use the iPad for work, Apple offers several collaboration features in Messages that make starting and managing joint projects quick and seamless.
There’s also a new productivity app built into iPadOS called Freeform that lets you create canvases with full Apple Pencil support. Added to this, Safari adds shared tab groups. Both features can be used in conjunction with others.
And because I know a lot Next hole Readers have a certain love for weather apps, iPadOS 16 now offers an improved Weather app, with more useful weather information.
You can learn more about the key software features of Apple tablets in our iPadOS 16 guide.
Apple iPad 10 (2022) performance
As expected, the iPad 2022 is powered by the A14 Bionic processor with 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores in collaboration with a 4-core GPU and a 16-core neural engine. As mentioned above, Apple offers only two types of ROM memory: 64 GB and 256 GB. Rounding out the memory department is 4 GB of RAM.
What’s new here is now a variant of 5G connectivity—physical SIM cards and SIM enabled on a device—which comes with up to 256 GB of storage. Also according to Apple, we have new support for Wi-Fi 6 and connections are 30 percent faster on the new iPad than the 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 supported on the previous generation.
All I can say in this short time with the 10th-gen iPad is that the A14 Bionic chip provides a smooth experience with excellent integration with Apple services. On the contrary, I’ve been working collaboratively with my Google apps, and sometimes the experience with apps like Google Drive and Google Meet can be quite slow.
However, it’s a tablet where multitasking really works, making the iPad 2022 a great second device for the home office, especially with the versatility of the Universal Control function.
Camera and audio
The iPad 10th-gen is Apple’s first tablet to feature a front-facing 12MP camera on the long edge. This enables better FaceTime viewing when the iPad is in landscape orientation. In addition, the 12MP sensor and 122-degree field of view also supports the center stage. The upgraded 12MP wide-angle camera on the back can shoot 4K video at 30fps.
The changes regarding the front camera sensor area are very welcome, however, the center stage feature does not work with all video calling apps, for example. Here I’ll reiterate the problem I’ve had with third-party apps like Google Meet, which don’t (yet) support the function. So the camera will automatically snap and let you see it while you’re walking around, there are few apps that offer this option these days.
Finally, the rear camera has made a big leap from one generation to the next—in fact, one of our biggest criticisms of the iPad 2021 is the model’s built-in 8MP sensor. In 2022, Apple opted for a camera with f/1.8 aperture, Smart HDR 3 for photos and digital zoom up to 5x. Personally, I’m not one to go around taking pictures on a tablet, but it’s good to know you can rely on the iPad 10’s rear camera if need be.
As for audio, the iPad 2022 offers two microphones designed to work in tandem with cameras, capturing audio from a camera in use and reducing distracting background noise. And while I rarely use the iPad without headphones, I have to admit that the new surround stereo speakers are very effective—especially for those who use the tablet for video streaming in bed at night!
Apple iPad 10 (2022) battery
According to Apple, the iPad 2022 offers up to 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi or videos. And that proved to be true during the three days we spent using the new iPad.
I turned on the iPad on Thursday afternoon and used the tablet actively for video streaming on the commute, as a second device at work on Friday for more than three hours of active screen time, and on Saturday when I returned from my trip. , when the battery finally reaches zero. In my experience this has been very positive.
Another very positive point is that it is now charged via USB-C, which allows you to use your MacBook’s charger while traveling. The iPad Air and iPad Pro series already offer this option, and now the most basic line finally lands in 2022. I’m counting the days to see if the same feature is adopted for the iPhone.
It supports a wide range of accessories and fast charging times when using high charging adapters like Apple’s USB-C port.
My only criticism here is regarding the exclusive support of the first-generation Apple Pencil for the 10th-gen iPad, as you need to use a Lightning to USB-C adapter to charge the pen using the charging cable and adapter that comes in the box. Yes, Apple ships a 20W power adapter in the iPad box.
At first glance, the iPad 2022 is a great companion for those looking for a mid-range tablet. However, it is not the best option among iPads.
Considering the iPad Air 2022 at $519 with the same 64GB internal storage difference — a $70 difference — seems to me to be a more attractive option to have a more modern processor that will last longer with you.
On the other hand, the accessories used with the iPad Air are more expensive but more modern. Still, when it comes to pricing, the 64GB storage variant for the tablet automatically implies an additional cost in the iCloud cloud, ranging from $0.99 per month for the 50GB to $9.99 per month for the 2TB plan.
An in-depth review of the iPad 10 (2022) will be published in the coming days, and I’m curious to know what you think of this new model: Will you be buying an iPad 2022? why do you want
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