Here is the most recent information we have regarding Apple’s upcoming standard tablet, the iPad 2022.
The popular Apple tablet’s set to be replaced by the iPad 2022. And based on the speculations that have surfaced so far, we are far more enthusiastic about this model than we were in prior years.
Sources have claimed that the 2022 iPad model could be the one that finally brings Apple’s basic tablet some sorely-needed improvements, with a full-screen design and a USB-C connector both leading the rumor parade. If these claims turn out to be true, we’re going to be thrilled.
Read on for a summary of everything we’ve heard about the iPad 2022 so far. And check back again soon as we’ll be keeping this page updated with the latest details.
iPad 2022 latest rumors
- Here is what this means for the delivery date of the iPad and iPad Pro, which appear to have had brief production delays.
- In addition to a new iPad Pro model, the iPad and its reported makeover may be released in October.
- The iPad 2022 may have a new design with a larger screen, a flatter chassis, and no headphone port, according to leaked CAD renderings.
- According to a story from 9to5 Mac, the iPad 2022 will reportedly receive USB-C instead of Lightning, among other modifications.
- According Apple analyst Ross Young, the iPad 2022 will undergo a significant design update this year.
iPad 2022 potential release date and price
We should look out for the iPad 2022 to appear in fall like the iPad 2021 did last year and like previous basic iPads did in previous years.
There were no iPads during Apple’s September event when the iPhone 14 was unveiled, but there’s still a chance the new iPad may arrive in 2022. According to one speculation, the iPad 2022 may debut with a new iPad Pro at a different October event rather than the September one. According to a recent source, China’s power outages are to blame for the apparent small production delays experienced by the iPad and iPad Pro. However, it appears to be a little hiccup and might not delay the release of iPads.
Let’s hope that with the upgraded components, the rumors of which we’ll discuss in a moment, there isn’t a price increase. The $329/£319/AU$499 starting price of the iPad 2021 makes it very accessible for typical buyers, and Apple would be smart to keep it that low.
iPad 2022 design
The look of the iPad 2022 could be very different from previous versions, as Apple may be giving its tablet a long-overdue makeover.
The greatest information leak in that area was a series of CAD renderings purportedly representing the new iPad 2022 that were provided by MySmartPrice and confirmed by the Korean rumor-maker yeux1122. If true, they suggest the gadget will include, among other modifications, a bigger screen, flatter design, and wider bezels on all four sides.
The back of the tablet would still have a single camera, but it would have an LED flash and a camera island. The renders suggest the device would measure 9.7 x 7.0 x 0.27 inches — making it wider but slimmer than the current iPad’s 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29 inches.
One interesting feature is the absence of the 3.5mm headphone port on the top or bottom of the device, which raises the possibility that it may be eliminated on this model to make the regular iPad more compatible with other iPads and iPhones. However, four speakers can be seen in the renderings, which suggests the new device will have audio capabilities on par with the iPad Pro (2021) and superior to the iPad mini 6 and iPad Air (2022).
The iPad’s charging connector is marked in red in the CAD renderings, but according to a different leak, Apple may replace the Lightning port seen on prior iPads with the far more flexible USB-C port. In that case, Thunderbolt 4 super-speed compatibility similar to that of the iPad Pro is presumably not going to be available, but USB-C would still make attaching devices like accessories or displays much simpler. Additionally, it will assist Apple in adhering to a newly adopted EU regulation that will make USB-C on mobile devices required by the end of 2024.
The existence of a home button on the latest iPad is still up for debate among leakers. No other iPad that Apple is presently selling has a home button, so it wouldn’t surprise us if the company intends to make all of its iPads appear like a cohesive family once more. If the iPad 2022 does not have a home button, it will likely switch to a Touch ID power button, like the most recent iPad Air and iPad mini versions.
That said, the renders above do show a home button — so if they turn out to be genuine then that’s one rumor put to bed.
iPad 2022 display
Along with the aforementioned redesigns, the iPad 2022’s screen size may increase, shifting from the present 10.2-inch model to perhaps a 10.5-inch one. The finest iPad covers now on the market would thus no longer fit the new device.
If the iPad’s screen does go bigger, it’s unlikely that other display attributes will be improved, such as brightness, colour gamut, or tiny LED panel like the iPad Air (2022) or iPad Pro. After all, Apple will want to conserve certain materials for its more costly devices.
iPad 2022 specs
The sources talking about the iPad 2022 currently claim that it will run on the A14 Bionic chip from the iPhone 12. That would mean there would be quite a performance gap between this and the iPad mini which uses an A15 chip like the iPhone 13 series. The gap would be even bigger when comparing an A14 iPad to the iPad Air and iPad Pro, both of which use Apple M1 chips with additional performance and extra abilities.
The A14 chipset would still apparently mean a 30% increase over the iPad 2021 though, which will help with running modern apps. Plus, the A14 chip is 5G-compatible, which would let the cell-connected iPad model reach faster data speeds than the current LTE model.
The iPad 2022 would use the recently revealed iPadOS 16 software, which is presently in beta, if it were to debut this autumn. The iPad Air and iPad Pro’s M1 processor is the only one that supports Stage Manager, therefore not all of iPadOS 16’s functions could be accessible.
iPad 2022 outlook
The iPad 2021 is still a good tablet but it really needs some updates to make it a proper rival to cheaper Android tablets. The rumored upgrades of a better chipset, larger display and updated port are exactly what Apple needs to make a tablet that would appeal to more discerning buyers.
However, we continue to be apprehensive about a possible price increase. It would be beneficial to see the iPad 2022 defy the trend, since several of Apple’s more affordable devices are seeing their prices rise. As September approaches, we anticipate learning more about the next basic iPad.