The ‘regular’ iPad was the last model that Apple still delivered with a physical, round home button. The iPad Pro, Air and Mini had already switched to a design with thinner screen bezels and without a home button. The regular iPad now follows that design, increasing the screen size from 10.2 to 10.9 inches. The resolution has grown to 2360×1640 pixels, but the screen is just as bright and sharp as previous iPads.
Like the other iPads, this model now also has a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connection. The regular iPad has been supplied with Lightning since 2012. The iPad Pro was the first iPad with USB-C in 2018. iPhones and accessories like AirPods are still supplied with Lightning port, but Apple in the EU must completely switch to USB-C in new devices within two years.
Selfie camera in new place
The entry-level iPad has the A14 Bionic chip and 5G. The A14 Bionic chip gives the new iPad about 20 percent faster performance. The previous iPad came with the A13 chip that made its appearance in 2019 with the iPhone 11. The A14 appeared in 2020, for the first time in the iPhone 12 series.
The placement of the selfie camera is striking. It sits on the long edge of the iPad for the first time. With all other iPads, the camera is on the short side. When users make video calls, they are filmed diagonally from below.
The iPad’s 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera now sits at the top of the screen when using the tablet in landscape orientation. The camera also supports Center Stage, which automatically follows the user. The iPad also now has dual microphones, which would filter out background noise.
Magic Keyboard Folio
The iPad also got a new optional keyboard, the Magic Keyboard Folio. That is a variant of the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Air and Pro. With that case, users add a full keyboard and trackpad to their iPad, which then looks more like a laptop. So does the Magic Keyboard Folio, which holds the iPad upright with a kickstand on the back. With the regular Magic Keyboard, the iPad Air or Pro hangs magnetically slightly above the keys.
The new iPad is available in blue, pink, yellow and silver and will ship from October 26. A model with 64 GB storage costs 589 euros, with 256 GB storage the iPad costs 789 euros. Models with 5G are 200 euros more expensive. The Magic Keyboard Folio is available in white and costs 299 euros.
iPad Pro with M2 chip
The new iPad Pro is back with 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes. The main difference is the M2 chip, which is 35 percent faster in graphics than the M1 and 18 percent faster in other tasks. The professional iPads are now also equipped with Wifi 6E, the fastest WiFi version at the moment.
The new iPads Pro have the Apple Pencil hover feature. In addition, the Apple Pencil is already detected if it hangs up to 12 millimeters above the screen. Users can then better see where they are going to place the pencil on the screen. The iPad can also respond to the pencil, for example by automatically enlarging text boxes when the Apple Pencil comes close.
Mini LED display only at 12.9 inch
Both sizes of the iPad Pro have had a 120Hz screen in recent years that scrolls smoother and responds faster. Also this year, the 11-inch iPad Pro lacks a so-called Pro Display XDR. That is a mini LED screen, as it were an LCD screen with an advanced light system. This ensures a very high contrast, bright colors, a high brightness and that without the burn-in disadvantages of OLED.
Because of that screen, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro now has the new Reference Mode function. In addition, professional users can set the iPad Pro to the same strict color values as their other screens, so that they can better edit photos or videos.
The iPad Pro with M2 chip is available in gray and silver. The 11-inch model is available from 1069 euros with 128 GB storage, up to and including a 2TB model for 2449 euros. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at 1469 euros with 128GB storage, up to 2849 euros for a 2TB model. Users pay more for a model with 5G capabilities.
Updated Apple TV 4K
Apple also announced a new version of the Apple TV 4K, featuring the A15 Bionic chip and HDR10+ support. Thanks to the A15 chip, the CPU is 50 percent faster than the previous Apple TV and the GPU performance is 30 percent faster. The included Siri remote has a USB-C port instead of Lightning.
The version with 64 GB costs 169 euros and the version with Ethernet connection and 128 GB costs 189 euros. The Ethernet version also supports the Thread network standard. The new versions of Apple TV will be available on November 4.
More new Apple devices
The introduction of the new iPads follows after Apple released the new iPhone 14series introduced. Three new Apple Watches and the second generation of the AirPods Pro were also launched in recent weeks.
Apple also plans to launch new Macs this fall, including a new Mac Mini and MacBook Pro with M2 chips. A new version of the Apple TV is also expected.