Rumor: Apple iPad 10 will abandon Lightning and switch to USB-C

Apple plans to launch a relatively affordable iPad model this year as part of its 2022 lineup, which should be chronologically called the iPad 10. It was previously reported that the new entry-level model may use the same design as the previous generation, but there will be major changes inside.

According to wccftech, Apple may make more improvements. A very important change is to equip the USB-C interface to replace the Lightning interface. Considering the recent EU agreement on legislation for a universal charging solution establishing USB-C as the standard port for all devices such as smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld game consoles, it will be enforced in the fall of 2024, coupled with the following of a universal charging standard in the United States, which may force Apple to change its original strategy.
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The new model will also see a small increase in screen size, from 10.2 inches to 10.5 inches, which, while seemingly insignificant, should allow Apple to cram in a larger battery. In addition, the iPad 10 is expected to be equipped with A14 Bionic, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and 5G networks. The larger battery capacity, coupled with the A14 Bionic, is believed to improve the battery life of the iPad 10. At the same time, the addition of a 5G network will make the iPad 10 the first entry-level iPad model to support the new network standard.

The iPad 10 is rumored to be Apple’s last product before redesigning the iPad models in 2023, meaning there will still be larger bezels on the top and bottom compared to the current 9th-generation iPad, and a physical Home with Touch ID support key. The overall design and specs may not seem so appealing, but Apple is rumored to stick to years of pricing on the iPad 10, making it more appealing for users looking for a lower-priced model.