Apple iPad (10th Gen) to miss out on Stage Manager support with Apple A14 Bionic, 5G and 10.5-inch display upgrades
New rumours about a 10th generation iPad have emerged, nearly five months after @dylandkt made several claims about the unreleased tablet. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will upgrade its entry-level iPad to the A14 Bionic, an SoC that debuted with the iPad Air 4 and the iPhone 13 series. As such, this year's iPad will launch with 5G connectivity, another upgrade on the 9th generation model.
Additionally, 9to5Mac claims that the entry-level iPad will receive USB Type-C connectivity, eliminating the proprietary Lightning port from the iPad line-up. Not only will this open the iPad to USB Type-C charging, it should also bring faster USB transfer speeds and the option of connecting peripherals like an external monitor. Unfortunately, the presence of an A14 Bionic means that the tablet will miss out on Apple's new multitasking features, marketed as Stage Manager. Presumably, the 10th generation iPad will only be capable of mirroring its display on an external monitor too; true external monitor support will be an Apple M1 exclusive.
Moreover, 9to5Mac believes that Apple will upgrade the entry-level iPad to a 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch display. However, Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants asserts that this year's iPad will feature a 10.5-inch display, not a 10.9-inch one. Neither a release date or pricing has leaked yet, although Apple tends to refresh its entry-level iPads in the autumn alongside new iPhones. Based on recent rumours, Apple is working towards showcasing the iPhone 14 and Watch Series 8 on September 13.