The next series of Apple products are expected to be released in just weeks if Apple sticks to its usual timetable. And with the expected launch approaching, rumours about the iPad 2022 (the 10th gen iPad) are hotting up.
New iPads sometimes offer small incremental changes, but a purported CAD render of the next Apple tablet has been 'leaked', and it suggests that the next iPad will sport quite a few design changes. It shows flat edges, quad speakers and an LED flash. However, we have questions about one very important element of the iPad. If you can't wait until the Apple even to get your mitts on the next Apple tablet, then check out our roundup of the best deals on iPads.
The renders were shared on mysmartprice (opens in new tab), and while these have not been confirmed, we still can't help but get excited about the designs. According to the 3D models, it looks as though the iPad 2022 will be wider and slimmer coming in at 248.62 x 179.50 x 6.98mm. Plus, the new iPad will also have larger bezels and flatter edges, making the iPad look more similar to the iPad Mini and iPad Air.
The back looks very much like it does now but with the addition of an LED flash and a camera island. But turning to the ports, something appears to be missing. The renders show no sign of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Now, that might not be so surprising considering that Apple's already dropped such a port from its other iPad and iPhones, but let's remember that this is the entry-level iPad – the model most likely to be used by kids, schools, and just generally by people who don't want to have to fork out for wireless earphones. The apparent addition of quad-speaker support should step up audio quality notably, but parents may not find that to be much of a solution.
Our big question, though, is what changing port the iPad 2022 will have. In the CAD renders, the charging port has been covered with a red mark, adding to the mystery. We've already declared the Apple Lighting charger dead due to upcoming European requirements for all devices to charge via USB-C from 2024, so we're wondering if Apple has decided to change the charging port on the standard iPad now before it has to.
We will just have to wait and see whether these iPad leaks are the real deal. Apple's widely expected to announce its next product launches in September if it sticks to its usual calendar of launch events, but it seems that the iPad will be coming later than the iPhone this year. If you can't wait that long to get your mitts on Apple's new tablet, make sure you check out our roundup of the best deals on iPads now.