Apple takes the wraps off new iPad with major redesign, new colors

What just happened? Apple's just released its newly redesigned 10th-generation iPad without the usual fanfare, even though it marks one of the most substantial redesigns in years for the entry-level Apple tablet. Pre-orders began today, with devices shipping and hitting retailers on October 26, just in time for the release of iPadOS16. Pricing starts at $499.

Apple quietly dropped a press release today unveiling the latest entry-level iPad. Rumors suggested that Apple would launch the new iPad any day now, without the press show fanfare customarily associated with its flagship product launches.

Apple's 10th-generation iPad receives the most substantial redesign in several years. Taking design cues from the iPad Pro and Air lineups, the new iPad features an all-screen design and flat-edge casing. Engineers dropped the home button to make room for the symmetrical bezels, and Touch ID moved to the top power button, similar to the iPad Air. The redesign has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display packing in a 2360x1640 resolution, True Tone technology, and 500 nits of brightness.

Updated cameras include a 12MP back camera with 4k video, 240 fps slo-mo, and a 12MP ultra-wide front camera. The upgraded front camera is housed in the landscape edge and offers a 122-degree FOV with support for Center Stage, Apple's technology for keeping users centered in view as they move around.

The new iPad also adopts a USB-C port for charging and accessories, likely another acknowledgment of the changes wrought by regulatory agencies seeking to consolidate charging standards. The entry-level iPad was the last iPad model still utilizing Apple's Lightning port.

The new iPad also upgrades wireless connectivity with support for Wi-Fi 6 and 5G for cellular models. It will continue supporting a physical SIM card and eSIM with on-device activation. Powering all the features is the A14 Bionic CPU. Apple is promising up to 20 percent CPU performance and a 10 percent improvement in graphics processing over the A13 in the 9th generation iPad.

Apple is also releasing a Magic Keyboard Folio explicitly designed for the new iPad. The keyboard features full-size keys with 1 mm of travel. It has a large trackpad with support for click-anywhere and Multi-Touch gestures. The detachable keyboard magnetically connects to the Smart Connector on the edge of the iPad. It also includes support for Apple Pencil (1st gen).

Lurking quietly in the background of an already relatively quiet launch is iPadOS16. Apple is promoting its new tablet OS release alongside the release of the new iPad. It arrives on October 24, a couple of days before Apple starts shipping the latest iPads.

Pre-orders for the 10th-gen iPad are available from the Apple website, with shipping and in-store purchases starting October 26. The Wi-Fi-only model starts at $499, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular version going for $599. The new iPad will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations in your choice of blue, pink, yellow, or silver.

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NeoMorpheus

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The new iPad also adopts a USB-C port for charging and accessories, likely another acknowledgment of the changes wrought by regulatory agencies seeking to consolidate charging standards.

Nah, Apple told those governments that they were moving to USB-C but to make everyone look good, they are pretending to do it because they were mandated to do so.

Apple is simply above the law and untouchable, both in power and rabid fanbois base.

That said, a shame that the hardware is shackled to such a toy OS.
 

Dimitriid

Posts: 2,256   +4,394
At least this one is cheaper and finally on usb-c and that honestly makes it a better deal than even the Air or the Pro with the M1 or M2 since they'll all perform about the same where it matters: single apps to watch movies or youtube videos, take a Zoom call, browse various web based apps (which is basically all of the really popular ones anyway) and perhaps quickly touch up a photo on a far from feature complete photo editor that shares more in common with instagram filters than photoshop.

And since all that you can realistically do on a tablet with ipados then spending the least amount of money is the best deal. It's still not as cheap as competitors but it will probably outclass them in batery life and has some unique perks like an aspect ration that works better for reading and still serviceable for watching videos (It's almost always the opposite on basically all other tablets that are 16:9 or 16:10 instead: good for video and serviceable but not as good for reading text)
 

kiwigraeme

Posts: 1,389   +1,036
That's a surprisingly reasonable price for Apple.


They have always priced their basic iPad quite reasonably .
I think as Apple gateway , students for school etc - I had to buy one for my son for school - just go to Apples website get refurnished one ( or whatever they call it - completely same as new one )

Still up to their marketing BS - True Tone - remember when some pixel density was perfect - yet now we have more pixels .
Great device - expensive app store - harder to personalize, freedom play your own media than android
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 9,363   +8,581
I guess Apple is seeing the Samsung TAB and a few other striping away their customers so they are becoming a lot more reasonable. I used to use one 10 years ago and it was pretty good but back then there was no downloading from it to a server or computer, everything had to go through Apple and considering the level of confidential information I was doing I simply had to give it up.....
 

ilovelinux

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The upgrade has neither a laminated display nor a non-reflective coating. It still uses Pencil 1, and one has to buy an additional adapter to charge it.

And the launch price is 200 Euros more than the 9th Gen. I can't call this a reasonable upgrade in any sense at all. Seems like an epic failure of an upgrade to me.
 

BogdanR

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…perhaps quickly touch up a photo on a far from feature complete photo editor that shares more in common with instagram filters than photoshop.

Actually the opposite is true in this respect. There’s very little I can’t do in Lightroom on my tablet compared to my desktop, the latter is rather more convenient and has a significantly bigger screen. Also free editors like Snapseed have been providing way more than just “Instagram filters” for quite some time. And I’m not talking about exposure or color controls but rather about things like localized selection and editing tools.