Apple reveals redesigned entry-level iPad with USB-C and new colors

By:  Loan Budy

Apple’s new base-level iPad (2022) offers a side Touch ID button, USB-C and new colors, including ‘Blue,’ ‘Pink,’ ‘Silver’ and ‘Yellow.’ Since the new tablet features Touch ID built into its power button, it no longer includes a front-facing physical Touch ID button like its predecessor.

The iPad also utilizes Apple’s A14 Bionic chip and not the M2 like its Pro counterpart. This is the same processor that the original redesigned iPad Air (2022) offered.

On the camera side, the new iPad features a 12-megapixel ultrawide front-facing camera and an updated 12-megapixel rear shooter. The twist with the new ultra-wide is that the tablet features landscape orientation, a first for the iPad line. This makes the camera better for video calls.

It’s worth noting that the tablet still only supports the 1st-gen Apple Pencil and not the newer 2nd-gen Apple Pencil despite offering a USB-C port. This means that you’ll need to use an included USB-C-to-Apple Pencil adapter to charge the stylus. 

Apple has also refreshed its Magic Keyboard Folio Case to include full-sized keys (including function keys) and a trackpad. In sense, the new $329 Folio Case looks like a lower-end version of the pricey Magic Keyboard.

Other new features include Wi-Fi 6 and 5G on the cellular model. It’s important to point out that the 10th-gen iPad, unfortunately, costs $150 more than its predecessor, so while it features a sleek new design, that upgrade comes at a cost.

 For the first time on any iPad, the front-facing camera is now located along the landscape edge. Whether users are on a FaceTime call or recording a video for social media, they will always be looking right toward the camera

 Users can do even more on iPad with faster wireless connectivity on the go. With new support for Wi-Fi 6, connections are 30 percent faster on the new iPad than the 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported on the previous generation.

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