Apple quietly launched a redesigned iPad and the M2 iPad Pros

The 10.9-inch iPad comes with USB-C, and the M2 iPad Pros feature the Apple Pencil hover experience that detects up to 12 mm above the display.

Apple quietly launched a redesigned iPad and the M2 iPad Pros
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Cupertino giant Apple has taken the wraps off a new iPad. It comes with significant design changes but has the same 10.9-inch display with a Liquid Retina, flatter edges, and a webcam in the middle of the display. The iPad now looks much sleeker.

Apple also announced the new sixth-generation iPad Pro powered by the M2 chip, which first debuted in the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro in June this year. It’ll be available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.

Interestingly, Apple did not unveil the new iPads in a streamed event; instead, Tim Cook posted on Twitter hinting at the imminent launch.

Apple iPad (10th generation)

Apple quietly launched a redesigned iPad and the M2 iPad Pros
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The new iPad finally replaces the Lightning port with USB-C connectivity, making it the last modern iPad model to embrace the modern connectivity option. Also, Apple nixed the headphone jack and the home button.

The power button now doubles as the Touch ID, bringing the device in line with newer models of the iPad Air and iPad Mini. The cellular iPad now supports 5G, and all the variants come with Wi-Fi 6.

The new iPad is equipped with the A14 Bionic chip, which was launched with the iPhone 12 series. According to Apple, the 10th-generation iPad is three times better than the seventh-generation iPad released in 2019 and has all-day battery life. Moreover, there are new landscape stereo speakers and dual microphones.

As for the cameras, the 10th-gen iPad features a 12MP ultrawide front camera right in the middle of the camera in landscape edge and an updated 12MP rear camera with 4K video. The front-facing camera’s 122-degree field of view brings Apple’s Center Stage feature that always puts you in focus during video calls.

Unfortunately, the new iPad supports the first-gen Apple Pencil but adds support for the new Magic Keyboard Folio, which comes with function keys like volume and brightness control. It costs $249.

The 10th-gen iPads have an asking price of $449 for a 64GB model, whereas the old version starts at $329. The new iPad comes in four colors: Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Silver.

This redesigned iPad won’t replace the entry-level model with the thick bezels and home button.

iPad Pro 11 inches, 12.9 inches (6th generation)

Apple quietly launched a redesigned iPad and the M2 iPad Pros
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The new iPad Pros also get thelatestw ‘hover’ feature which notices the Apple Pencil when positioned slightly above the screen. Samsung’s stylus-compatible phones and tablets achieved this feat years ago, and Apple believes that it will let users “see a preview of their mark before they make it.”

For instance, text fields automatically expand with ‘Scribble’ when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster. Third-party apps can use this feature.

The 6th generation iPad Pros supports Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and more 5G networks for the cellular mode.

Bizarrely, the iPad Pro’s Magic Keyboard isn’t gaining the function key row on the new entry-level iPad’s keyboard. Also, the iPad Pro’s front-facing camera still sits at the top even in portrait, unlike the 10th-gen base iPad, whose camera is now in landscape orientation.

The new iPad Pro retains the same design, and telling them apart from last year’s M1 iPad Pros will be difficult.

The iPad Pros have the same color options Silver and Space Gray. The 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations come with 8GB of RAM, while the 1TB and 2TB iPad Pros get up to 16GB.

Preorders open today, and it’ll be available on October 26th, starting at $799 for the 11-inch and $1,099 for the 12.9-inch model.

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