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Apple iPad (10th Gen) to launch with moderate upgrades over current entry-level model and without a redesign

The iPad (10th Gen) and the current model will look identical. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
The iPad (10th Gen) and the current model will look identical. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
Reportedly, Apple has settled on another uninspired refresh of its entry-level iPad. With no design refresh for another year, Apple is expected to turn to a chipset upgrade, which will introduce a few other upgrades. The next cheap iPad could still find itself with a two-year-old SoC when it launches, though.

Leaker @dylandkt has published information about Apple's next entry-level tablet, dubbed the iPad 10th Generation, or iPad (10th Gen). Last September, Apple released the iPad (9th Generation) that contained moderate upgrades over its predecessor, announced almost exactly a year earlier.

Specifically, Apple brought the A13 Bionic to the entry-level iPad, along with 64 GB and 256 GB storage options. The company also introduced LPDDR4X RAM, an upgrade over the LPDDR4 RAM in the iPad (8th Gen). The tablet's overall design remained identical to the iPad (7th Gen) though, which received slimmer bezels and a larger display than the iPad (6th Gen).

According to @dylandkt, the iPad (10th Gen) will be the last model before a 2023 redesign. Hence, the next budget iPad will have a 10.2-inch display, presumably the same 2,160 x 1,620-pixel one that Apple markets as a Retina Display. The same leaker mentions that the iPad (10th Gen) will support Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 too, but only because of the switch to the A14 Bionic SoC.

Apple's adoption of the A14 Bionic should yield a moderate performance improvement for the iPad across CPU and GPU-heavy tasks. For reference, Apple used the A14 Bionicc in the iPhone 12 series and the iPad Air 4@dylandkt expects Apple to reveal the iPad (10th Gen) towards the end of 2022, likely alongside the iPhone 14 series in September.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-17 (Update: 2022-01-17)