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Apple's rumored 10th-generation iPad is currently in production and will feature "major" design changes, according to a report from Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

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A mockup of the potential 10th-generation iPad design by Renders By Shailesh

The report did not provide any specific details about the 10th-generation iPad's new design, but rumors suggest the device will feature a larger 10.5-inch display with slightly thinner bezels, a USB-C port, and a flat-edged enclosure with a protruding rear camera. The lower-cost iPad is still expected to have a Touch ID home button, but recently leaked renders showed the device without a headphone jack like other iPad models.

In addition to the redesign, the lower-cost iPad is rumored to gain a faster A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models. Other devices with the A14 chip include the fourth-generation iPad Air and all four iPhone 12 models.

Apple plans to launch the 10th-generation iPad in September, according to DigiTimes, but sources cited in the report said they are concerned about temporary power restrictions imposed by the Chinese government on factories in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Amid an intense heat wave, power has been cut to industrial users in 19 cities throughout the province until August 20 in order to prioritize residential power supply, and all industrial power users have been ordered to suspend all production during this period, the report claims.

iPads are mainly produced in Sichuan by manufacturers Foxconn and Compal, according to the report, which adds that a six-day shutdown due to the power cuts would likely not impact overall production efficiency in August. If the power restrictions are extended, however, the report says mass production of products could be affected.

Apple unveiled the ninth-generation iPad at its September 2021 event alongside the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and sixth-generation iPad mini. It was rumored earlier today that the 10th-generation iPad is set to be announced at an October event, so we'll have to see if the device ends up being unveiled in September or October this year.

The ninth-generation iPad features a 10.2-inch display, an A13 Bionic chip, a 12-megapixel front camera with support for the Center Stage feature, and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. The device starts at $329 in the United States and is available in Space Gray or Silver color options with 64GB or 256GB of storage.

Article Link: 10th-Generation iPad With Major Design Changes Reportedly in Production Ahead of September Launch
 
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ian87w

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Hopefully it has laminated display, finally.
Anyway, probably the best value iPad all around, unless you want stage manager. Due to iPadOS, all iPads run and functions practically the same, no matter if you have the cheapest or the Pro iPads. They all run the same apps. USB-C would be a plus, although Apple would probably ditch the headphone jack.

All we hope is no price increase, or just a bit. Have a feeling it will be $399 (or worse, $499).
 

fwmireault

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This design refresh looks nice! I feel that it’s a missed opportunity to remove the home button and bring rounded corners across all the lineup, but I’m sure that some people want the home button anyway, and Apple should keep this entry level iPad as cheap as possible.

And good god, it took four years to bring USB-C across all iPads but we’re finally getting here
 

ghanwani

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Hurray for Touch ID!

Hopefully they make it compatible with 2nd gen pencil and magic keyboard.
 
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Skyscraperfan

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I like that the display corners still are real corners. I can't take any computer serious that has a display with rounded corners or even with a notch. A display has to be rectangular, because it mainly has to display rectangular content and rounded corners mean that that a lot of row or columns of pixels are unusable.
 
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