Apple is giving its entry-level iPad a 2022 makeover. That means a bigger screen, slimmer bezel, faster processor, a camera upgrade, and a USB Type-C port.
The 1.05 pound tablet measures 9.8″ x 7.1″ x 0.3″ and features a Touch ID sensor in the power button, a USB Type-C connector on the bottom of the tablet, and a 10.98 inch, 2360 x 1640 pixel Liquid Retina display with 264 pixels per inch, support for up to 500 nits brightness, and support for a 1st-gen Apple Pencil (sold separately).
At the heart of the new tablet is an A14 Bionic chip, with a 6-core CPU, 4-core graphics, and 16-core neural engine. It’s a 2-year-old chip that debuted with Apple’s iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad Air (2020).
The tablet has a 12MP wide-angle primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide front-facing camera with support for Center Stage (which keeps you in the frame as you move). The camera has also been moved to one of the longer edges of the tablet, making it easier to use FaceTime and other video calling apps in landscape mode.
Other features include stereo speakers, dual microphones, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 and optional support for 5G cellular networks. One thing the new model does not have? A headphone jack.
The new iPad is up for pre-order starting October 18, 2022 with prices starting at $449 for a WiFi-only model with 64GB of storage or $599 for a WiFi + cellular model with 64GB. You can also upgrade to 256GB of storage, but it will cost you an extra $150.
The 2022 iPad 10.9 inch tablet is available in blue, pink, yellow, or silver color options.