The rumor mill has spent a lot of this yr speaking about whether or not, and when, Apple will swap its iPhone line from Lightning to USB-C, a divisive transfer that’s now anticipated to occur in 2023. Yet whereas this was occurring, it appears the corporate has been quietly working to finish the identical transition for the iPad.
The iPad Pro acquired USB-C manner again in 2018; the iPad Air adopted in 2020; and the iPad mini switched in 2021. Now Apple is about to replace the ten.2-inch iPad and drop Lightning from its pill line-up totally, in accordance with 9to5Mac‘s sources.
As the most affordable pill that Apple sells, the ten.2-inch mannequin tends to be the final to get fascinating options. As effectively as a USB-C port in place of the present Lightning port, the Tenth-gen iPad (which 9to5Mac says is codenamed J272) can even full Apple’s transition to 5G.
It would be the final to take action, however the usual iPad making these adjustments is extremely vital. It’s Apple’s hottest iPad, and can drag an enormous swathe of the tablet-using inhabitants on to the USB-C and 5G requirements.
One transition that it gained’t be part of, nonetheless, is the swap to Apple silicon. The report says the Tenth-gen iPad will function an A14 Bionic processor fairly than the M1 chip within the present iPad Pro and Air fashions. The entry-level iPad will most likely have to attend till after the iPad mini will get an M-class chip; the Sixth-gen mini has an A15.
As for the remainder of the spec, 9to5Mac’s sources say the display screen measurement is more likely to enhance from the present 10.2 inches to 10.5 and even 10.9 inches, and could have the identical decision as the present iPad Air. But they’re uncertain whether or not this might be accompanied by a bigger redesign to take away the Home button and transfer the Touch ID sensor into the highest energy button.
We anticipate the brand new iPad to be introduced within the fall of this yr alongside the iPhone 14: for the most recent rumors, take a look at our 2022 iPad 10.2 superguide. If you’ll be able to’t wait that lengthy, decide up a cut price on the present vary with our information to the most effective iPad offers.