The iPad models for this autumn are arriving a bit later this year, and the most affordable device is becoming pricier. Apple updated its iPad and iPad Pro lineups on Tuesday, and the entry-level iPad received a long-awaited facelift with USB-C to match the rest of the roster, albeit at a price jump to $449 and higher. The new iPad is also available in four colors: blue and silver, as well as bright yellow and pink.
Upgraded M2 CPUs
Meanwhile, the iPad Pro has been upgraded to the company’s newest M2 CPUs. The iPad Pro series was most recently upgraded in spring 2021 with M1 CPUs and 5G capability, while the entry-level iPad was updated in the autumn.
The 10th-gen entry-level iPad adds an A14 CPU and USB-C, and debuts Oct. 26 — it can be pre-ordered now. However, it does not function with the Pencil 2: Instead, it makes use of the Pencil 1 with a USB-C adaptor. The entry-level model lacks a Smart Connector, but it does include a new $249 Magic Keyboard Folio attachment with a kickstand. The iPad’s pricing has also risen: The entry-level Wi-Fi variant costs $449 (£499, AU$749) and only has 64GB of storage; a 256GB model for $150 extra is nearly needed.
iPad 2022 Price and Storage
In a tough economy, the higher price of the cheapest iPad isn’t a pleasant adjustment. In fact, Apple is still offering last year’s entry iPad model (which starts at $329). The new iPad Pro includes an M2 processor as well as a hovering Pencil 2 function that activates before the pen touches the screen, as well as millimeter wave 5G capability in the cellular edition. It will be released on the same day, October 26. The 11-inch model with 128GB of storage starts at $799 (£899, AU$1,399), while the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,099, however, upgrading to the cellular variant this time costs an additional $200. (Storage capacities range from 128GB to 2TB.)
A relocated front-facing camera appears to be one of the nicest features of the new entry-level iPad. It is now on the landscape side, as it should be, so video calls will not appear off-centered. The new iPad Pro, on the other hand, retains the front-facing camera in portrait mode. The iPad series was expected to be upgraded, and the news meets expectations for the most part, including the camera.
The 2022 iPad Air, which was introduced this spring, also has an M1 CPU. Apple is relying on its M1 processors in iPadOS 16.1 by allowing external displays with multitasking via a feature dubbed Center Stage, although the operating system has yet to be launched and has been quite unstable in its public beta.
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