The next iPad is expected to launch at an event in October, and we''ve been hoping for a major overhaul. One of the key modifications was the removal of the home button, bringing the base iPad in line with the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and almost every fancy iPhone Apple sells.
According to new reports, the iPad 2022 model, the tenth generation of iPad tablet, will get a fresh look but will remain the common old button. This leak comes from a Twitter leaker LeaksApplePro (opens in a new tab), which apparently means the bezel around the screen will not shrink too much. Weve also heard that the sides of the device will become flattened, putting it more similar to the iPad Air in profile.
Our leaker claims that the next iPad will, like the more powerful iPad Pro, utilize USB-C. This comes from the same leak that suggested that the next iPhone 15 family might utilize USB-C for every model. Its entirely possible was at the beginning of Apple Lighting on mobile devices.
The next iPad may also get support for Apple''s fanciest writing utensil, the Apple Pencil 2. Currently, the Pencil 2 only works with the iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro, but not the usual old iPad. Weve recently seen a snag from Apple Crayon manufacturer Logitech, showing support for iPad Pro models to come, but there is no indication of that a base model iPad support.
After some delays, we will see the launch of iPad OS 16. Its mobile OS, iOS 16, has arrived a few days after the iPhone 14 family was announced. We have not received any official information about when iPad OS 16 will be available for the mainstream. However, it appears that iPad day will be the big day for software and hardware alike. Here''s how to get started before the big launch.
Analysis: An older-looking iPad should have an older-looking price tag.
We will not be rushing to dismiss this iPad simply because it has a feature that Apple has been slowly killing on every other device. Clearly, the home button has no long-term relationship with Apple, but this will not be a great tablet to purchase. After all, the iPhone SE represents a substantial bargain in the iPhone family lineup, and its aging exterior belies harsh technology within. We consider it one of the best iPhones you can buy.
If anything, this might mean we will not see a significant price rise for the new iPad in 2022. Apple should have enhanced pricing by a major redesign that completely alters the face of the iPad, therefore, the device may start at the same price. In this year of a serious cost of living crisis, that might be considered the most welcome feature.