iPad 2022 (10th generation) review: A confusingly good iPad

iPad 2022 (10th generation) review: A confusingly good iPad

advantage

  • Modernized design with a USB-C port
  • Landscape front camera is superior to other iPad models
  • Four vivid colors to choose from
  • Reliable battery life

Cons

  • $120 price increase from predecessor
  • Dongle required to charge Apple Pencil (1st generation)
  • Excluded from some iPadOS features like Stage Manager
  • Even my mom needs more than 64GB of base storage

Apple is back with a new iPad, the tenth generation model, which features symmetrical bezels, a larger 10.9-inch display, Magic Keyboard Folio support, and the latest software version, iPadOS 16.1. But unlike previous standard iPads, it now costs $449. Oh.

At a time when consumers are cutting back on spending, raising the price of its most affordable iPad lineup is certainly a way to make or lose attention. But after spending the last week with the 10th-gen iPad, I can’t help but agree that Apple has somehow managed to justify the $120 markup. In several ways, the regular iPad even outperforms the Pro.

That’s another way of saying that this year’s iPad lineup is more confusing than ever. The vanilla iPad looks almost identical to the ipad airgets several features that are excluded from the iPadProand Apple is still selling $329 from last yeariPad equipped with home button in stores.

by ZDNET buying guides will help you get through the madness of the holiday shopping season, but for this review, it’s all about why and why you shouldn’t buy the latest iPad (10th gen), so let’s talk about that.

Also: Don’t know which iPad is good for you? We break it down

specs

Processor Apple A14 Bionic
Display 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, 256GB
rear cameras 12MP wide
Frontal camera 12MP Horizontal Ultra Wide FaceTime
Drums Up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi (9 hours on cellular)
connectivity USB-C, smart connector (side)
Operating system iPad OS 16.1
Colors Silver, Yellow, Pink, Blue

Design gets a breath of fresh air

Apple iPad 10th generation display

Everything that comes in the box, including a charger and Apple stickers.

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Since expanding to Pro, Air, and Mini models, the standard iPad has always caught up on the hardware side. That changes this year. Instead of the front-facing Touch ID and home button, the new iPad has slimmer bezels surrounding a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the outer edge, and dual speakers flank the left sides. and right when the tablet is held in landscape orientation. The entire package weighs approximately one pound.

Check: iPad Air (2022): So good I almost regret buying my Pro

If this had been a iPad Air Review, everything I just listed would still apply. The two models are identical in these respects, so much so that if you were to show the regular iPad next to the ipad air in a store, I’d probably go closer to the former for one obvious reason: the color.

Apple iPad 10th Generation Blue Thickness

As thin and light as iPad Air.

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Now you may be wondering, “Did this tech reviewer just say that color is the reason people will buy the new iPad?” Yes, and I say that with confidence. What Iphone 5c, iPhone XR, 24-inch Mac, and the new iPad have in common? They don’t settle for the usual spectrum of Space Grey, Silver and Gold finishes.

Apple clearly has a flair for color and knows full well that come the holiday season, it won’t be the processor or the software features that will drive sales, but the rainbow of devices, meticulously arranged on the wooden tables of the stores. Apple stores everywhere. hell go to apple.com right now and guess what the company thinks it will sell you on the new iPad.

Also: The iPhone XR is our best-selling model, says Apple

This is only half the story with the 2022 iPad, of course. There are several more changes across the board that alter the Apple tablet experience, for better or worse. The silver lining includes USB-C support, leaving the iPhone as the final product line that didn’t convert to the universal charging standard, 5G support for on-the-go tasks, and a new 12MP ultrawide camera that sits on the longest side of iPad instead of the shortest. More on that later.

As for the changes no one asked for: a new dongle! The iPad 10th generation is not compatible with the Second generation Apple Pencil and, with the conversion to USB-C, you no longer have a port to directly connect the original Apple Pencil. The solution, as is the case with many Apple accessories, is an adapter (female to female, Lightning to USB-C) that links the Pencil and a separate USB-C cable to the iPad. Considering the new iPad doesn’t have a magnetic stripe to attach the Apple Pencil to (the new horizontal camera has moved into that space now), the dongle, along with the stylus, are just two accessories you’ll need to carry. separately.

Apple iPad 10th generation Apple Pencil Dongle

A female-to-female dongle means you’ll need an additional USB-C cable to charge the Apple Pencil.

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What is a computer?

It feels like forever since Apple”what is a computercampaign, but the question still stands with this year’s iPads. While I don’t expect the standard model to replace an entire laptop or desktop, Apple certainly wants you to think that way.

Along with the 10th generation iPad comes a new magic keyboard folio. It has a flexible kickstand that gives the tablet Similar to Surface Pro viewing angles, a soft-touch keyboard with a row of 14-key functions, you know, the shortcuts you’d normally find on the MacBook Pro keyboard or any productivity padand a glorious $249 price tag.

Magic Keyboard Case for Apple iPad 10th Generation

Here’s a snapshot of the latest 10th-gen iPad accessory bundle.

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Aside from the price, my only gripe with the folio-style accessory is that it’s not the most lap-friendly, unless you have long legs. As is the case with all kickstand covers, the 2-in-1 form factor requires too much vertical space to sit optically. I’d say the iPad Pro’s hinge-based system magic keyboard win in this regard.

Combine the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard Folio with iPadOS split-screen operations and picture-in-picture video playback, and you’ve got an iPad semi-Pro. I say semi-Pro because while the new iPad runs on the same iPadOS 16.1 software as the latest Pro model, you don’t get all the multitasking features, like stage manager. Maybe this is Apple’s way of differentiating iPad models, but if it’s going to offer accessories for $250, then users should get the same amount of software to take advantage of the hardware.

Apple iPad 10th generation with Apple Pencil

Depending on your use cases, the iPad, without the Magic Keyboard Folio, is good enough.

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As for the iPad’s performance, I’m very pleased with what you get for the money. I put the tablet through rounds of 4K video editing via iMovie (which I suspected most users who bought this model would use), played Wild Rift and Asphalt 9 at 60fps, and did more common tasks like browsing the web and streaming movies. The A14 Bionic chip handled all of that gracefully, with just a hint of heat here and there.

Check: iPad Pro (2022): I’m cautiously optimistic. Or fool.

How the regular iPad beats the Pro

That said, my hot take on “first impressions” is still on fire: The iPad beats the iPad Pro model in two ways. The first is Apple’s own accessories. The 14-key function row on the Magic Keyboard Folio is unique to the standard iPad, though Apple has also just released an updated iPad Pro.

The second area where the regular iPad beats the Pro is camera placement. Now, I’ve already shared the hypothetical reasoning behind why Apple was able to put the new iPad’s front-facing camera where it is, but overall, it really improves the way you’re presented in video calls and photos.

Apple iPad 10th generation front camera

The new ultra-wide-angle front camera is optimally positioned and creates fun optical illusions.

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Naturally, every video starts with you in the center, wide angle or not. Your figure isn’t disoriented and it doesn’t look like the camera is positioned next to you like on the iPad Pro. Considering the likelihood that you’ll be using this iPad for FaceTiming with family, virtual conferencing for the class, and collaboration during work meetings , this simple hardware design makes a difference for the greater good.

Also: How to use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity Camera

battery and charging

To be honest, I was initially disappointed with the 10th generation iPad’s ruggedness. Whether the tablet needed to assimilate into my workflow, or the fact that I was downloading apps from left to right, or maybe a bit of everything, battery life was brief. I ended my first two days with about 20-30% at the end of each night.

Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case for the second half of my week-long test, and I expect the 7-8 hours of use I’m getting per day to continue for the foreseeable future. However, I must say that the standardization of USB-C on all iPads has been a blessing. Instead of having to carry a dedicated Lightning cable for the standard model, I only need one charger to power my smartphone, laptop, wireless headphones, and now, iPad.

Also: This car charger also works as an emergency device.

Bottom line

Obviously, the elephant in the room with this year’s iPad is its price. $449 is not a small question, especially when compared to the $329 iPad (9th generation) that Apple still sells, and the fact that you only get 64GB of built-in storage. Just my initial batch of apps and services reduced my tester by 15GB.

If you’re shopping on a budget, last year’s iPad should make more sense – Apple clearly thinks so too. But I can’t help but compare the 10th-gen iPad to the rest of Apple’s hierarchy, all of which are still more expensive and, in many respects, not as good as the standard model. In the larger context, here’s what I’d suggest buying now:

iPad: If you want a modernized Apple tablet make no mistake and it achieves 70% of what the Pro can do.

ipad-mini: If you want a compact and portable iPad that’s great for taking notes and reading e-books.

iPadPro– If you want a productivity workstation that supports touch and stylus input.

The biggest question mark for me is what happens to the ipad air, now that the standard iPad is almost the same size and weight, and costs much less. What’s certain is that Apple’s lineup of iPads is more complicated than ever, but if the whole point of the refreshed design is to sway potential buyers, then it can all come to fruition this holiday shopping season.

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