With the introduction of the new iPad Pro and entry-level iPad, Apple’s iPad lineup is now the broadest it has ever been. Customers looking for a new iPad may become confused by the numerous options, inconsistent functionality, and ambiguous accessory compatibility.
The 10th-generation entry-level iPad is one of the most recent additions to the iPad series. It’s a significant change over the ninth-generation model, which is still available in the lineup at a cheaper starting price and comes with a new look and a USB-C port. But the fifth-generation iPad Air is uncannily identical to the new iPad.
The most recent iPad Air and base iPad both include a full-screen design without a Home Button, a Touch ID sensor built into the Power button, a 10.9-inch display, a single camera setup, and support for 5G. The only significant differences between the two iPads are the entry-level iPad’s lack of compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil, minor adjustments to the screens, and the chip.
While the new entry-level iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip, the most recent iPad Air features the M1 Apple silicon chip. Even though the M1 chip is more potent than the A14 Bionic, users probably won’t notice a significant change in day-to-day use. But with iPadOS 16, there are several novel experiences that aren’t supported by the iPad’s base model that the M1 chip will make possible, most notably Stage Manager.
The original Apple stylus is the only one that functions with the 10th-generation iPad because it does not support the second-generation Apple Pencil. Unlike the more recent model, which charges magnetically, the older Apple Pencil needs a Lightning port to be charged. Customers will need to buy an adaptor in order to charge their first-generation Apple Pencil on their iPad because the new iPad has a USB-C port.
The new iPad is the first tablet to use a landscape FaceTime camera in terms of design. Customers may still select the ninth-generation basic iPad in addition to the iPad Air and entry-level iPad. The A13 Bionic chip, a smaller 10.2-inch display, a Home Button, and a Lightning connector are all included in the ninth-generation iPad.
Customers must pick between the three iPad models due to variations in performance, appearance, and Apple Pencil compatibility. Customers can select the new iPad Pro, which is now powered by the M2 Apple silicon chip, at the top of the list.
The iPad Pro is the only iPad model with cutting-edge features including ProMotion, a LiDAR scanner, a USB-C connector with support for Thunderbolt, and Face ID. It is available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. Customers who only want the smallest and most portable iPad are also given the choice of the iPad mini.