Rumor has it that the next iPad will be unveiled at the event in October, and we were hoping for a major redesign. One of the key changes was the expected removal of the Home button, aligning the base iPad with the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and almost every fancy iPhone sold by Apple in addition to the occasional iPhone SE.
New rumors suggest that iPad 2022 the model, the tenth generation iPad tablet, will get a new look but keep the familiar old button. This leak comes from a newsletter posted by a leak from Twitter Leaks ApplePro (opens in a new tab), available only as part of a subscription. Presumably this means that the bezel around the screen will not shrink too much. We also heard that the sides of the device would flatten out, making it look more like iPad Air in profile.
Our leak also expects the next iPad, like the more powerful iPad Pro, to use USB-C. It is from the same leak suggested by the next one iPhone 15 the family could use USB-C for each model. It is quite possible that we are at the beginning of the end of Apple Lighting on mobile.
The next iPad may also receive support for Apple’s most fancy typing tool, Apple pencil 2. Currently, Pencil 2 only works with iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, but not the usual old iPad. The next iPad could change that. We recently saw the Apple Crayon slip-up Logitech shows support for future iPad Pro models, but nothing indicates support for the base iPad model. Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil uses the same technology as the Apple Pencil.
Finally, with some delay, we will see the premiere IPad operating system 16. Phone version of the Apple mobile operating system, iOS 16, came out a few days after the announcement of the iPhone 14 family. We’ve been following the progress of the beta for iPad OS 16, but haven’t heard any official news of when it will be available in the mainstream. Now it seems like iPad day is going to be a big day for both software and hardware. If you want to check out the entire iPad family ahead of the grand launch, check out ours the best iPad summary.
Analysis: An older-looking iPad should have an old-looking tag
We won’t be hastily dismissing this iPad just because it retains a feature that Apple is slowly killing on every other device it makes. Of course, the Home button doesn’t have a long-term future on Apple, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a great tablet to buy. At last iPhone SE it represents a powerful offering in the iPhone family, with an aging exterior that defies rugged technology. We consider this to be one of the best iPhones you can buy.
If anything, that could mean we won’t see a huge price increase for the new iPad 2022. A major redesign that completely changes the look of the device gives more justification for Apple to raise prices. If the new iPad looks like an evolutionary upgrade from a previous model, but not a brand new beast, it could start at the same price. This year of the huge cost of living crisis, this can be considered the most desirable feature.