Apple released the new 2022 iPad – and it did so without much fanfare, releasing a press release rather than holding a full launch event.
This slate was unveiled alongside the 2022 iPad Pro lineup, and it’s a major upgrade in many ways, with a more powerful chipset, new cameras, 5G support, USB-C, and more.
Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about the new tablet, including key specs, pricing, and when it will launch.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple’s next cheap tablet
- When do you leave? Revealed October 18, shipped October 26
- How much will it cost? From $449 / £499 / AU$749
New iPad 2022: release date and price
The new 2022 iPad is available for pre-order now and will launch on October 26 – though don’t be surprised if that date starts dropping for later orders, just as models in the iPhone 14 lineup have faced shipping delays.
It starts at $449 / £499 / AU$749, for which you get a 64GB Wi-Fi model. If you want that storage capacity with cellular connectivity, it’ll cost you $599 / £679 / AU$999. There’s also a 256GB model, which is $599 / £679 / AU$999 for Wi-Fi or $999. 749 / £859 / AU$1,249 for mobile.
New iPad 2022: Design and Display
The new iPad 2022 has a more modern design than the iPad 10.2 (2021) as the physical home button is gone, allowing for smaller bezels and a full-screen design.
Slate comes in shades of silver, blue, pink and yellow. It measures 248.6 x 179.5 x 7mm and weighs 477g, or 481g for the cellular model.
The screen is larger than before at 10.9 inches. It’s a 1640 x 2360 Liquid Retina display with 264 pixels per inch and a maximum brightness of 500 nits.
New iPad 2022: Cameras and Battery
The cameras have been updated here, with the 2022 iPad having a 12MP f/1.8 snapper on the rear, up from the previous model’s 8MP.
Of course, the front camera is arguably more important on tablets, and that too has been tweaked. It’s a 12MP ultra-wide like last year, but this time it’s in landscape orientation (meaning the lens is in the center of one of the long edges), which makes it better for video calling.
You can record videos in up to 4K quality with the rear camera and up to 1080p with the front camera.
As for the battery, as usual, Apple did not reveal the capacity, but said it offers up to 10 hours of use for browsing the web or watching videos over Wi-Fi. It’s the same as what was said about the last model, so don’t expect any improvements here.
One update, however, is that the new 2022 iPad charges via USB-C rather than Lightning, which is a change that’s been around for a long time.
New iPad 2022: specs and features
The new iPad 10.9 2022 runs iPadOS 16 and has an A14 Bionic processor – this is the chipset you’ll also find in the iPhone 12, and it’s an upgrade over the previous model’s A13 Bionic.
There’s a choice of 64GB or 256GB of storage – although that could actually be considered an option in 2022 is another matter altogether, as 64GB is a small amount as it’s not expandable.
There’s also 5G, which wasn’t available on the last model, and there’s still a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, despite the removal of the home button – it’s just been relocated to the top button.
The 2022 iPad also supports the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil – although surprisingly it’s still stuck with the first-gen Apple Pencil, meaning it also needs a USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter, which is certainly an interesting decision by Apple. .