As expected, Apple has unveiled a new generation of iPads before the end of the month, the tenth already. It concerns successors of the entry-level model and of the iPad Pro, which comes in two screen sizes.
The tenth incarnation of the ‘classic’ iPad comes in several striking colours, including pink and yellow. The device has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a resolution of 2,360 x 1,640 pixels and a brightness of 500 nits.
Other notable details on the outside include the Touch ID sensor in the top button, the 12MP camera placed (for the first time on an iPad) in the centre right for video calling in ‘landscape’, and a USB-C port connector. So goodbye to Lightning connection, which was, among other things, a thorn in the side of the European Parliament: it wants all small and medium-sized portable devices to be equipped with a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024.
Apple also provided the new iPad with an A14 Bionic processor, speakers on the sides (in landscape position), the ability to film in 4K quality and Wi-Fi 6. In addition, a ‘cellular’ model is available as an option with 5G and eSIM support. Together with the iPad, Apple is also launching a new matching Magic Keyboard Folio to use the device as a semi-full laptop.
The iPad Pro also got a makeover. Available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes, the device is powered by an M2 chip with an 8-core CPU, which Apple claims is 15 percent faster than the M1. A novelty for those who often work with an Apple Pencil is that this digital pen can now be detected at a screen distance of 12 millimetres. This should guarantee even more precision when positioning and making sketches and notes.
The iPad Pro still has the 12MP video calling camera on top, unlike the new iPad. However, the Pro model now also has a USB-C connector instead of a Lightning connection. Another improvement is the support for ProRes video recording in 4K quality at 60 frames per second.