Apple iPad (10th Gen, 2022) Review: Just a Pretty Face With USB-C

Apple iPad (10th Gen, 2022) Review: Just a Pretty Face With USB-C Leave a comment

I can’t pinpoint precisely why I used to be so simply enamored with the brand new Tenth-generation iPad. Maybe it was the array of sweet colours, or the extra trendy design sans the traditional Home button. Maybe it was the brand new placement for the front-facing digicam, which meant I now not needed to stare awkwardly to the facet throughout video calls. Or the assist for the floaty Magic Keyboard Folio with a removable keyboard and a kickstand. 

But it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the bubble burst. When you crunch the numbers, actuality units in. The reasonably priced and plenty-capable iPad that used to begin at $329 has now been hiked as much as $449. That’s with out the added price of accessories (Apple expenses $249 for the Keyboard Folio). It‘s tough to justify a $120 price hike over its predecessor—especially when one of the “upgrades” is the removal of the headphone jack. It doesn’t help that Apple is continuing to sell the ninth-gen iPad for $329, and you can typically find the iPad Air for roughly $519 at retailers like Amazon. The 10th-gen tablet sits in an odd spot.

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The redesign on this iPad is simply catching up to the rest of the lineup. The A14 chipset powering it, while snappy, is already two years old. The display is larger, but it still isn’t absolutely laminated—there’s an air hole between the glass and the display, so utilizing it with the Apple Pencil does not really feel as exact as with pricier iPads. The USB-C port, which I’m grateful for, requires an adapter to cost the first-generation Apple Pencil—as a result of, sure, bafflingly, this iPad does not assist the second-gen Apple Pencil. This slate feels thrilling and recent at first, till you notice you’re simply paying for beauty adjustments. Apple nearly had me.

A Fresh Look

The iPad lastly appears like the remainder of Apple’s pill lineup. The Home button is gone, however there is no Face ID right here. Instead, Touch ID is built-in into the highest energy button like on the iPad Mini and iPad Air. The uniform bezels are nonetheless chunky in comparison with those on the iPad Pro, but it surely’s nothing just like the ninth-gen iPad with its thick borders on the high and backside. They’re much less distracting right here, and the Tenth-gen slate actually feels trendy.

The show is a teeny bit greater too, sitting at 10.9 inches (up from 10.2 inches). I spend most of my workday in entrance of a display, so this additional area feels much less cramped than on this iPad’s predecessor—particularly once I use it as a secondary display with my MacBook Pro. The display is now utilizing a Liquid Retina panel, which principally means it is nonetheless an IPS LED however with rounded corners. It’s too unhealthy the brightness remains to be caught at 500 nits—that is completely high-quality indoors, however working by a window, I needed to crank the brightness to the max to see something. And as a result of there is no anti-reflective coating, there’s a lot of distracting glare. (I recommend choosing up an anti-glare display protector.)

An even bigger annoyance when you use the Apple Pencil a lot, is the truth that this iPad nonetheless does not have a absolutely laminated show. That means there’s a hole between the display and the glass. It’s high-quality, however it’s noticeable when drawing high-quality strains. It’s the one iPad with out one, and contemplating the value hike, it must be right here. 

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