iPad
Also known asiPad (10th generation), iPad 10.9-inch, iPad 10
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Generation10th
Release dateOctober 26, 2022 (15 months ago) (2022-10-26)
Introductory priceWi-Fi: $449
Wi-Fi + Cellular: $599
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 16.1
Current: iPadOS 17.3, released January 22, 2024[1]
System on a chipApple A14 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and embedded motion co-processor
CPUHexa-core (2× 3.1 GHz Firestorm and 4× 1.82 GHz Icestorm)
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM
Storage64 or 256 GB[a]
Display10.9 inches (280 mm) 2360 × 1640 px (264 ppi), 500 nits max brightness (typical)
GraphicsApple-designed quad core
SoundStereo
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 12 MP, 1080p HD, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Rear: 12.0 MP AF, with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilization, face detection, Smart HDR 3, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Power28.6 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions248.6 mm (9.79 in) H
179.5 mm (7.07 in) W
7 mm (0.28 in) D
MassWi-Fi: 477 g (1.052 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 481 g (1.060 lb)
PredecessoriPad (9th generation)
Websitewww.apple.com/ipad-10.9/

The iPad (10th generation), unofficially known as the iPad 10, is a tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple Inc. as the successor to the ninth-generation iPad. It was announced on October 18, 2022, and was released on October 26, 2022.[2][3][4][5]

Specifications

The design of the tenth-generation iPad closer-resembles the higher-end iPad Air and Pro models, with flatter edges and no home button. As with the iPad Air and Mini, the Touch ID sensor is located in the power button. It is available in silver, blue, pink, and yellow color finishes.[6]

Like the iPad Air, it has a 10.9-inch 2360x1640 Liquid Retina display; an increase from the previous 10.2-inch model, but it is not laminated.[6] The tenth-generation iPad uses an A14 Bionic processor, previously seen in the fourth-generation iPad Air and the iPhone 12 in 2020. The chip has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine.[6]

The tenth-generation iPad has Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless capabilities, as well as sub-6 GHz 5G on cellular models. It is the first base model iPad to use USB-C instead of the Lightning connector; connectivity is limited to USB 2.0 transfer speeds, with support for external displays at 1080p resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz, or 2160p at 30 Hz.[7] The tenth-generation iPad does not include a headphone connector, requiring wireless headphones or a USB-C adapter sold separately.[7]

The tenth-generation iPad features a 12-megapixel rear-facing wide-angle camera with an ƒ/1.8 aperture and 4K video recording support.[8] In a first for any iPad, the front-facing camera is now located on the long edge of the display, so that it is horizontally centered when the tablet is in a landscape orientation.[9][10]

Accessories

The tenth-generation iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil; a USB-C to Lightning cable adapter must be used to pair and charge it. This adapter has been included with newer production runs of the first-generation Pencil since October 2022, and is sold separately for existing owners. Unlike other iPad models with USB-C, it does not support the second-generation Apple Pencil.[11][8]

Apple unveiled a new keyboard cover accessory for the tenth-generation iPad known as the Magic Keyboard Folio, as it is physically incompatible with the existing Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. Unlike the Magic Keyboard designed for the iPad Air and iPad Pro, the Magic Keyboard Folio detaches from the back cover and can be used as an adjustable stand, and it includes a 14-key function row with a lock button.[12][6]

Reception

The tenth-generation iPad received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its new design, battery life, and performance, but criticism for removing the headphone jack, the lack of support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, and a higher price point than its predecessor.[13][6]

CNN writer Mike Andronico felt that the A14 processor had "the best [performance] we've seen on a tablet at this price" and made the device "more future-proof", while the Magic Keyboard Folio accessory was considered to potentially be Apple's "best keyboard cover yet". However, it was noted that its display was "starting to show its age" in comparison to the iPad Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro due to its lower resolution and refresh rate, and that "for the vast majority of people who just want a great tablet for streaming, sketching, gaming and some light productivity, the ninth-gen iPad is still the better value".[9]

The Verge similarly questioned the model's positioning as being "stuck in the middle" between the cheaper ninth-generation iPad and the higher-end Air and Pro, noting that "in a vacuum, there’s very little to complain about with the 10th-gen iPad. It’s an excellent tablet that does all of the things you expect from a tablet very well", but that "it costs considerably more [than the ninth-generation model] and is not as good as an iPad Air. And since you can find a current iPad Air on sale fairly easily at this point, this new iPad is not the iPad to buy right now despite the fact that it has a lot going for it."[6]

Timeline

Timeline of iPad models
iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Air (5th generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2iPad Mini (6th generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (1st generation)iPad (10th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (9th generation)iPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)

Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[14]

Notes

  1. ^ 1 GB = 1 billion bytes

References

  1. ^ "About iPadOS 17 Updates". Apple Support. iPadOS 17.3.
  2. ^ Todd, Haselton (18 October 2022). "Apple announces new iPad Pros, redesigned regular iPad, and updated Apple TV 4K". CNBC. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022.
  3. ^ Richard, Priday (18 October 2022). "iPad 10.9-inch release date, price, design and colors". Tom’s guide. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Apple unveils completely redesigned iPad in four vibrant colors". Apple. 18 October 2022. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022.
  5. ^ "iPad 10.9". Apple. 18 October 2022. Archived from the original on 1 January 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Seifert, Dan (2022-10-24). "Apple iPad (10th gen) review: stuck in the middle". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  7. ^ a b Seifert, Dan (2022-10-24). "Apple iPad (10th gen) review: stuck in the middle". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  8. ^ a b Ulanoff, Lance (2022-10-24). "iPad 10.9 (2022) review". TechRadar. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  9. ^ a b "iPad (2022, 10th gen) review: A great tablet that most people can skip". CNN. 25 October 2022. Archived from the original on 18 November 2022. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  10. ^ Seifert, Dan (2022-10-24). "Apple iPad (10th gen) review: stuck in the middle". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  11. ^ Porter, Jon (2022-10-18). "Apple's new iPad only supports the old Apple Pencil — and needs an adapter to do so". The Verge. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  12. ^ Peters, Jay (2022-10-18). "Apple's Magic Keyboard Folio for the new iPad has a 14-key function row". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  13. ^ updated, Mark Spoonauer last (2022-10-24). "Apple iPad (10th gen) review". Tom's Guide. Archived from the original on 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  14. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News – Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.