New iPad (2022): Everything you need to know

Rumors suggest that the new cheap iPad 2022 is on the way, despite not having been announced at the last event held in September.

The 2021 10.2-inch iPad is a great entry-level tablet, but Apple is reportedly working on what will be the next generation of the most widely used device in the education community.

If the rumors are true (everyone on the net), we could be looking at one of the most exciting iPad updates of the last 10 years, with a possible redesign and other key updates on the way.

As we have seen in the celebration of Apple’s September 6 event, there was no reference to any iPad model. However, everything suggests that we could find ourselves just a few weeks away from its possible launch at an event that would take place in October.

Here we’ve rounded up everything we know about the iPad (2022) so far, from release date and price speculation to the latest design and feature leaks.

We’ll update this article as news progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for the latest details.

iPad Release Date Rumors (2022)

Apple has yet to confirm the release of the basic redesigned iPad, but the release date of previous generations gives us a very rough estimate of when it might become a reality.

The latest 9th generation iPad was introduced on September 14, 2021, while the 8th and 7th generation iPods were released on September 15, 2020, and September 12, 2019, respectively.

Although Apple usually sets Tuesdays as the day to celebrate its events, in 2022 this trend has changed, since the one on September 7 was not only held on a Wednesday but no new iPad was mentioned.

In the past, that might mean we’ll have to wait until 2023, but in the age of virtual events, it looks like the next iPad could be just around the corner, accompanied by who knows new products from the company.

In fact, a Bloomberg report from August 2022 claims that iPadOS 16 has been pushed back to October 2022 to coincide with the release of an upcoming iPad.

Considering that the entry-level iPad and iPad Pro are only rumored to get an update in 2022, it’s safe to assume that some sources like Mark Gurman are right about their arrival.

According to 9to5Mac, they also suggested a change to October before the September event takes place, and claim that the much-changed and improved entry-level iPad will appear.

If it turns out that you can’t wait that long to buy a new iPad, it turns out that the 9th generation iPad is still a very good entry-level option for most tasks, both educational and content consumption. Take a look at our 2021  iPad 10.2-inch review.

New iPad (2022)

iPad Price Rumors (2022)

It is not difficult to talk about prices in the case of Apple’s cheapest iPad since the entry-level price has been maintained over the last few years and, truth be told, it shouldn’t change much.

If Apple increases the price, it risks discouraging all those who are thinking of upgrading their model or buying the company’s product. After all, Apple has much more expensive tablets and it makes sense for the iPad to remain affordable.

The current model with the most basic configuration is €349 with 64 GB of storage. Certainly, we do not think there will be many changes in this regard unless Apple decides to set 128 GB as a minimum capacity, which would slightly raise its final price.

What to expect from the next-gen iPad

There are already rumors on the net about what the new 10.2-inch iPad for 2022 could offer. As we will see below, everything indicates that there will be significant changes in many ways.

An updated design

After just over eleven years of repeating the same format, it is very likely that Apple has decided to change this new edition of the iPad (2022). This is what the rumors suggest, presenting a redesign at the height of the rest of the range of Apple tablets.

The first rumors of a possible redesign come from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), which is a 2022 quarterly report that looks at future Apple products and, in particular, the company’s entry -level tablet.

According to the report, Apple is preparing to redesign the iPad with the angular edges and full screen of its more premium siblings. The analyst author of the report, Ross Young, suggests that the 10.2-inch screen will be different.

Sources at 9to5Mac also suggest a change to the display side, stating in a June 2022 report that the new iPad will feature a Retina display of the same resolution as the iPad Air’s screen, though no size is discussed.

The source notes that even if it’s 10.9-inches, the latest display specs will still be exclusive to the Air range, as is the fact of a wide color gamut and DCI-P3 support.

Apple is preparing to ditch the Lightning port for good in favor of an improved USB C port, with much higher data transfer speeds and the ability to easily connect to external displays, which could be adopted already.

CAD renders of the purported 2022 iPad surfaced online in early August, seemingly confirming the revamped design with angular edges, a rear-facing camera bump, and a larger screen, though it also comes with one particular surprise.

While some expected the entry-level iPad to have the same full-screen layout as the rest of the iPad collection, the renders appear to show a Home button embedded below the screen.

It would be an easy way to differentiate between the redesigned iPad and the more expensive iPad Air, while also appealing to those who prefer to use a home button instead of gestures, so it could be a smart move by the company.

Since then, AppleInsider has created high-quality renderings based on the leaked CAD files, helping us imagine what the next-gen iPad might look like if the leaks are true.

Updated chips and connectivity

One of the big changes in the next generation iPad would be an updated Apple silicon chipset. The current iPad has the A13 Bionic, the same one that is present in the iPhone 11, and we expect the next generation to make the leap to the A14 Bionic, the chipset present in the iPhone 12 range.

You could always make the jump to the A15 Bionic, but that would obviously make the iPad more expensive, so we don’t think it’s feasible to pack the next-gen chipset into this budget iPad.

The 9to5Mac report also suggests this could be the year we see the jump to 5G, with the entry-level iPad being one of the few Apple devices, and the only tablet, that still relies on 4G LTE connectivity.

Camera changes

At the camera level, no major changes are expected, considering that the current iPad has had a major update regarding the front camera. The rear camera is a bit lackluster compared to other iPads, but even the cameras on these iPads are worse than the iPhones.

Accessory holder

An updated design would be visually pleasing, but more importantly, it will allow the entry-level iPad to offer support for new and better accessories like the second-generation Apple Pencil that attaches magnetically to the side.

It would also be interesting if we had the Smart Connection connector on the back since this would allow us to use the Magic Keyboard. It’s more premium, which goes against the entry-level nature of the tablet, but on the other hand, Apple stands to gain from selling accessories.

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