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New iPad 2022: everything we know so far

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The new iPad (2022), which we expect to be the most significant redesign Apple has done to its entry-level tablet range in a long time, is our expectation. Many rumors and leaks point to a redesign as well as spec upgrades.

Many people believed it would launch with the iPhone14. However, recent rumors suggest that it will launch in October. We may have to wait a while before we see it.

This iPad range is for those who don’t require a lot of processing power, large screens, or fancy features. They just want an easy-to use, low-cost tablet that will serve them well. This was the iPad 10.2 (2021). However, we see this slate line updated every year.

Here’s everything we know so far about the new iPad (2022), including the release date and price.

Further down, we have included a wishlist of things we would like to see in the new iPad 2022. This will make it the most affordable iPad. Keep checking back often, because we will be updating this article as soon as we hear of any rumors or news about the tablet.

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The latest news

We have heard a lot of times that the new, cheap iPad for 2022 will not be available alongside the iPhone 14. It may instead appear later in October with the latest suggestion from Apple.

Let’s get to the point

  • What’s it? The next Apple tablet for a cheap price
  • When will it be available? It is likely to be out in October 2022
  • What will it cost? Probably around $329/PS319/AU$499

Release date and price for the new iPad 2022

 

The iPad 2022 first release date rumor suggested that it would be late 2022. That makes sense since the iPad 10.2 2020 was revealed on September 14. While the iPad 10.2 2019 was announced on September 15, the iPad 10.2 2020 was unveiled on September 15. This is probably the pattern you are noticing.

All of them were announced in September. With the iPhone 14 due to launch on September 7, that makes September 7 an obvious date for the new iPad. Multiple sources recently stated that the new iPad (2022), will be launched at an event in October

Apple also confirmed that iPadOS 16 will not be available until after iOS 16. This suggests that new iPad hardware may not arrive until after the new iPhones.

Although the time between announcements and availability can vary, it is unlikely that it will take more than a few weeks.

The price of the iPad 10.2 (2021), starts at $329 / PlayStation319 / AU$499 and the iPad 10.2 2020 had a similar start price. We think that the iPad 10.2 (2021), is about the same price as the iPad 10.2 (2020), but we don’t have any news.

Design and display

The first significant new iPad2022 leak showed that the slate would have a 10.2-inch display (similar to the 2021 model) with a similar design to its predecessor. That would have meant that the physical home button and its large bezels would likely remain. According to the report, the range will not be redesigned until 2023.

This was contradicted however by another leak which stated that the entry-level slate would be redesigned to align it with its Air, Mini and Pro siblings, as well as a change in screen size.The second leak is older, so it may reflect newer information

We don’t know yet what technology the screen will use but we are fairly certain that it will be an LCD screen.

It was suggested that Apple might switch OLED to the iPad Air 5, but recent reports suggest otherwise. 2024 looks more likely for OLED iPads. The basic iPad was not mentioned.

A leak suggests that the iPad will receive a USB-C port. This means that it will drop the old Lighting we have seen on legacy iPads and iPhones. The tablet will likely also get the new Apple Pencil, which is required by the mark 1 stylus.

Specifications and features

One leak suggests that the iPad 2022 will have 5G for the first-ever in its range. This claim is plausible, especially since has been confirmed multiple time.

According to the same source, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi Fi 6, and an A14 Bionic chipset are expected (which was previously used by the iPhone 12 range. It would be an upgrade for the iPad 10.2 (2021’s A13 Bionic) and a Lightning port.

 

Although we would take this all with a grain of salt, it is all plausible. We’d be shocked if the new iPad 2022 doesn’t have the A14 Bionic chipet. It’s actually a generation older than the previous slate’s chip, but it’s certainly not the most recent.

 

Despite this, there is a possibility that 5G won’t work as the iPad Air 4 (2020) doesn’t have 5G. Apple may add 5G to the iPad Air 5, but leave it off of the basic iPad for another 12 months.

 

We don’t think there will be any major changes to the front-facing camera beyond that. It was just upgraded for the most recent model.

What we want to see

 

These are the things we need to make the iPad 2022 the best iPad ever.

1. Face ID

 

It’s not surprising that the iPad 10.2 (2021), doesn’t have Face ID. Apple has this technology reserved for its iPad Pro range. It’s a feature that’s been standard in iPhone land for years. We’d love to see it made standard on iPads.

 

Although we don’t expect the new iPad 2022 will get Face ID, as it will likely be the last to be eligible, the iPad Air and iPad mini ranges are most likely to be first to receive it, it would be nice to know.

 

This technology has been around for so long, it doesn’t seem like it should be a premium feature any more. Apple, please stop putting it off.

2. A modern design

 

The Apple basic iPad range is the only one that does not include a modern design. Even the iPad mini (2021), has this look.

 

Instead, the iPad 10.2 (2021) has a rather dated and cheap look. We want this to be gone with the new iPad 2022.

3. Support for the latest accessories

 

The accessory support for the iPad 10.2 (2021), is limited (Image credit TechRadar).

 

The iPad 10.2 (2021), supports the original Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard, and the Smart Keyboard. However, it does not support the Apple Pencil 2 or the Magic Keyboard. This makes it less useful for sketching and typing than other Apple tablets.

 

These accessories should be easy to support, and they shouldn’t add any extra costs to Apple, so we don’t see why you shouldn’t block the iPad 2022 from using them.

4. Recalibrating speakers

 

Although the iPad 10.2 (2021 has good speakers, they are not as accurate as the iPad mini (2021), and the iPad Air 4 (4/4), which have different orientations.

 

You’ll get the best out of the speakers with one of these tablets, regardless of whether you use it in landscape or portrait orientation. Apple will hopefully fix this issue with the next model.

5. 128GB Base Size

 

Apple increased the storage capacity of the iPad 10.2 (2021), from 32GB (2020), to 64GB

This is a low-end slate so the company wants to keep costs down. However, 64GB is barely enough storage for 2021 and 2022, when the next model will be released. We would like to see the new iPad 2022 have 128GB storage. This is especially important considering that there is no microSD card slot.

 

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