Not for iPad power users

Apple on Monday unveiled the new iPad with a full-screen design featuring a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display. The new iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip, which delivers even faster performance with incredible energy efficiency for the most demanding tasks, while ensuring all-day battery life.

The powerful and versatile new iPad Air is available in a stunning range of colors and features the Apple-designed M1 chip, a new Ultra Wide front camera, blazing-fast 5G and more.
iPad Air with Apple’s M1 technology

The upgraded cameras include a 12MP ultra wide-angle front camera located along the edge of the iPad landscape for an even better video calling experience and an upgraded 12MP rear camera to capture crisp, vivid photos and 4K video. A USB-C port supports a wide range of accessories, Wi-Fi 6 offers even faster connections, and cellular models feature super-fast 5G so users can stay connected on the go. With iPadOS 16 and support for Apple Pencil (1st generation), iPad gives users more ways to be creative and productive.

Nicole Nguyen for the Wall Street Journal:

With the redesign and the $ 120 price increase, from $ 329 to $ 449, this once basic iPad is starting to look professional. But it doesn’t look professional.

The new tablet, available October 26, is a great choice for people who primarily want a spacious screen for streaming, reading, and web browsing, with some occasional email and social media. Power users looking for a complete laptop replacement should opt for the newly updated M1 Air or M2 Pro models.

Compared to its predecessor, the 9th-generation iPad, which remains on sale for $ 329, the 10th-generation iPad has a few upgrades. While both are more or less the same [physical] size, the new version has a larger 10.9-inch screen. It also has a faster chip, faster Wi-Fi 6 network, and a better rear camera. If you opt for a cellular version, you can now get 5G connectivity.

While connecting to Wi-Fi and browsing the web, the iPad’s battery lasted beyond Apple’s 10-hour rating in my tests, about as long as the previous generation. Video chat with the newly placed front camera is a big improvement …

With the latest iPadOS software, iPads have potential as a replacement for the Mac. But Apple has clearly separated the lower-tier iPads from the higher-tier ones. Even with all its updates, this nice-looking new iPad is at the bottom.

If you’re looking to do real work on an iPad, look for the M1 or M2 chip.

MacDailyNews takes: Apple’s iPad range is currently a bit confusing. Not as bad as a “Get the Performa 6116, not the 6115!” bad, but it’s not easily obvious to the first iPad customer what’s what.

The 10th gen. iPad puts a stake for next year when the 9th generation iPad disappears, along with its Home button anachronism and 10th generation. the price drops to take its place as “last year’s model”. With the 10th gen. now in production, production costs will decrease over time. On the 9th gen. price, this new iPad will make sense as an entry-level iPad.

Apple kept the 9th gen. around for a reason.

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