Video Review: Two Weeks With the New 10th-Generation iPad

It’s been almost two weeks since Apple introduced the refreshed 10th generation iPad, yet again MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera has been using it every day for an in-depth review for those considering it as an upgrade or a holiday gift for a family member.

The 10th generation iPad starts at $449, making it $120 more expensive than the 9th generation iPad that Apple sold next door. At $449, it’s $150 less than the iPad Air, a tablet with which it shares many features.

The iPad lineup is confusing right now because the 10th generation iPad and iPad Air are very similar, but for most people, it’s a good deal because it offers a solid set of features at an affordable price. Design-wise, the new iPad has the same 10.9-inch display as the iPad Air, but it’s not as advanced in terms of color and appearance.

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Apple’s new iPad has the same general design as the iPad Air, featuring an edge-to-edge display with a Touch ID power button rather than Face ID integration. It also uses USB-C instead of Lightning, offering a universal charging option, but it doesn’t have Thunderbolt or the fast transfer speeds you’ll see on other iPad models.

There is an A14 chip inside the iPad, which is a good bit faster than the A13 chip in the previous generation version. It’s not as advanced as the M1 on the iPad Air, but it will last for years to come. There’s a FaceTime landscape camera for the first time, which is a great feature for those who prefer to use the iPad as a Mac replacement in landscape mode.

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To make matters worse, the iPad only works with the Apple Pencil 1, an unusual choice because it charges with lightning and there is no lightning port. You need a confusing set of adapters if you want to charge the Apple Pencil with your iPad, and it’s unclear why Apple didn’t just add Apple Pencil 2 compatibility.

On the other hand, Apple has designed a new Magic Keyboard Folio for the iPad, and it comes with a landscape camera to turn the iPad into an alternative to the Mac. It’s a two-piece accessory that serves as both a cover and a keyboard, and there’s a built-in stand. Apple also added a row of functions, something not even available on the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro.

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If you choose an iPad Air instead of an iPad, you pay $150 for the M1 chip, a jump in display quality, and Stage Manager support for multitasking, and if you choose a cheaper 9th generation iPad, you’re out. losing screen real estate and choosing a slower chip.

The 10th generation iPad is a solid compromise between price and feature set, and will appeal to many people looking for an updated tablet. What do you think of the iPad? Let us know in the comments below.


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