The 10.2-inch iPad (2021) is a great entry-level tablet, but Apple is quietly working on the next-generation tablet behind closed doors at Apple Park. And, if the rumors are true, we could be in for one of the most exciting and sweeping iPad updates of the last 10 years, with whispers detailing a potential redesign alongside other key upgrades a la out later this year.
Here’s everything there is to know about the iPad (2022) right now, from release date and pricing speculation to the latest design and feature leaks. We’ll update this article as news arises, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back frequently for the latest news.
iPad Release Date Rumors (2022)
There aren’t any solid rumors yet regarding the release date of the next-gen iPad, but that’s no surprise given that the current variant was only released in September 2021.
But, that being said, we can make a good guess by taking a look at previous iPad announcements.
The latest 9th generation iPad was unveiled on September 14, 2021, while the 8th and 7th generation iPads were released on September 15, 2020 and September 12, 2019 respectively. mid-September for its entry-level iPad, but we can go further because Apple tends to hold events on Tuesdays.
Let’s apply this formula to the next-generation iPad; Tuesday closest to previous reveal dates in 2022 is Tuesday, September 13, 2022, with availability expected within a week or two of announcement.
However, a report from Bloomberg suggests that we might be waiting a bit longer for the new iPad. In an August 2022 report citing sources familiar with the matter, Mark Gurman claims that iPadOS 16 has been delayed until October to match the release of an upcoming iPad. Since only the entry-level iPad and iPad Pro are supposed to be refreshed in 2022, it’s safe to assume that Gurman’s sources are referring to those models.
Apple is unlikely to release an iPad in September and another in October, so it seems increasingly likely that we’ll have to wait another month to see what the new entry-level iPad has in store for us.
If you can’t wait that long to get a new iPad, the 9th generation iPad is still a solid entry-level choice. Take a look at our 10.2-inch iPad (2021) review for more.
iPad Price Rumors (2022)
When it comes to pricing, the iPad is the entry-level tablet in Apple’s collection, which means the price shouldn’t change too much. If Apple raises the price, it may delay those in the market for a budget-focused tablet. Since Apple offers many expensive tablets, it makes sense that the iPad remains affordable.
The current iPad starts at £319/$329 with 64GB of storage, which is effectively a £10 discount on the previous generation model in the UK. We’re guessing pricing would be similar, if not identical, for the 2022 model, but there’s no solid news either way at this early stage.
We cover where to buy the 10.2-inch iPad (2021) separately if you want to grab a bargain on the latest iPad right now.
What to expect from the next-gen iPad
This is the start of the 10.2-inch iPad (2022) rumors, but there are a few things that are pretty much a given with every iPad release.
An updated design
To say the iPad’s design is long in the tooth is a bit of an understatement, with the latest drastic design change coming with the release of the second iPad. already in 2011. But after 11 years of waiting, rumors suggest we might finally see a redesign to match that of the rest of Apple’s tablet lineup.
The first whispers of a potential redesign come from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), which in a 2022 quarterly report discusses future Apple products and the company’s entry-level tablet in particular. According to the report, Apple is preparing to redesign the iPad with the angular edges and full-screen display of its more premium siblings.
Analyst (and report author) Ross Young went go further on Twitter, suggesting that the 10.2-inch screen will be different this year – although it doesn’t hint at whether it will be bigger or smaller. Logic suggests the former, but that risks potentially cannibalizing the premium 10.9-inch iPad Air.
Interestingly, separate sources from 9to5Mac also suggest a change in the display department, claiming in a June 2022 report that the new iPad “will feature a Retina display of the same resolution as the iPad Air display,” though sources haven’t clarified whether that means a jump to the old 10.5-inch display or the new 10.9-inch display.
The source notes that while it’s 10.9-inches, more modern display specs – like wide color gamut and DCI-P3 support – will remain exclusive to the Air line.
That’s not all either. The report also claims that Apple is preparing to ditch the Lightning port for an improved USB-C port, with improved data transfer speeds and the ability to easily connect it to external displays, pointing to a potential tablet redesign. overall.
It’s worth noting that the source didn’t provide any details on whether a complete overhaul is indeed on the way, but given the changes to the port and display, it seems increasingly likely.
CAD renders of the purported 2022 iPad appeared online in early August, seemingly confirming the refreshed design, featuring angular edges, a rear-facing camera bump and a larger display, though it also comes with a a special surprise.
While some expected the entry-level iPad to sport the same full-screen design as the rest of the iPad collection, the renders appear to depict a Home button embedded below the display. It would be an easy way to differentiate between the redesigned iPad and the more expensive iPad Air, while also appealing to those who prefer using a Home button instead of gestures, so it could be a smart move on the company’s part. ‘company.
Improved chipset and connectivity
One of the big changes coming to the next-gen iPad will likely be an upgraded Apple silicon chipset. The current iPad sports the A13 Bionic, the same chipset found on the iPhone 11, and we expect the next-gen model to make the jump to the A14 Bionic, the chipset found on the iPhone 12 lineup. It could still make the jump to the A15 Bionic, but that might make the A15-compatible iPad mini a less tempting option.
This was backed up in a now-deleted tweet from leaker @Dylandkt, who suggested this year’s iPad will feature the A14 Bionic alongside upgraded Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6, and 9to5Mac sources also point to the A14 Bionic chipset as the chip of choice. A 30% increase in performance is not to be neglected, after all!
The 9to5Mac report also suggests this could be the year we see the switch to 5G, with the entry-level iPad now one of the few Apple devices – and only tablet – still on 4G LTE connectivity. .
Minimal camera changes
We don’t expect much change in the camera department, given that the current iPad has had the whole camera upgrade – in the front-facing department anyway. The rear-facing camera is a little lackluster compared to other iPads, but even on Apple’s high-end Pro model, the camera quality isn’t on par with smartphones, so we’re not expecting big things on that front.
iPad Wish List (2022)
Besides the leaks and rumours, we know what we’d like to see from the next-gen tablet.
The entry-level iPad stands alone in its design language, with all other iPads in Apple’s current collection moving to a more angular industrial design that ditches the Home button for a more full-screen experience. It’s not a huge dealbreaker, but it would certainly unify the collection – something very ‘Apple’.
Support for updated accessories
An improved design would be visually pleasing, but more importantly, it will allow the entry-level iPad to offer support for newer and better accessories like the second-generation Apple Pencil that attaches magnetically to the side of supported iPads, and if there’s a Smart Connection on the back, it might even be able to use the Magic Keyboard.
It’s more premium, which goes against the entry-level nature of the tablet, but the performance of the accessories far exceeds that of their first-gen counterparts.
Also, saving money on the iPad itself — buying an iPad instead of an iPad Air, for example — might allow you to buy more high-end accessories. Come on Apple, give people the opportunity!
True stereo speaker support
The 10.2-inch iPad (2021) technically has stereo speakers, but both are located at one end of the tablet. It’s a stark difference from just about every other iPad in Apple’s collection, with top and bottom speakers for a more expansive audio experience that recalibrates based on the orientation of the tablet.
That’s only going to be possible with a redesign, so let’s hope Apple is close to making the jump to the entry-level iPad.