The next iPad is rumored to launch at an event in October, and we’ve been hoping for a major redesign. One of the most significant changes was the expected removal of the home button, which brings the base model iPad in line with the iPad Air, iPad Pro and nearly every smart iPhone Apple sells besides the low-end iPhone SE.
New rumors suggest iPad 2022 model, the tenth generation iPad tablet, will get a new look, but will keep the familiar old button. This leak originates from a newsletter sent by the Twitter leaker LeaksApplePro (opens in new tab), only available by subscription. This probably means that the frame around the screen does not shrink too much. We’ve also heard that the sides of the device will be flattened to make it look more like it iPad Air in profile.
Our leaker also expects the next iPad, like the more powerful iPad Pro, to use USB-C. This comes from the same leak that suggested the next one iPhone 15 family could use USB-C for each model. It is entirely possible that we are at the beginning of the end of Apple Lighting on mobile devices.
The next iPad may also get support for Apple’s smartest writing tool, the Apple Pencil 2. Currently, Pencil 2 only works with iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, but not the regular old iPad. The next iPad could change that. We recently saw a slip-up from the Apple Crayon maker Logitech shows support for upcoming iPad Pro models, but nothing indicates support for the base model iPad. The Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil uses the same technology as Apple’s own Pencil stylus.
Finally, after some delay, we will see the launch of iPad OS 16. The phone version of Apple’s mobile OS, iOS 16, arrived a few days after the iPhone 14 family was announced. We’ve been following the beta progress of iPad OS 16, but haven’t heard official news about when it would be available for the mainstream. Now it looks like iPad Day is going to be the big day for both software and hardware. If you want to familiarize yourself with the entire iPad family before the big launch, you can check out our best iPad round up.
Analysis: An older iPad should have an older-looking price tag
We won’t be too quick to dismiss this iPad just because it has a feature that Apple has been slowly killing on every other device it makes. It’s clear that the home button has no long-term future with Apple, but that doesn’t mean this won’t be a good tablet to buy. After all, the iPhone SE represents a powerful bargain in the iPhone family line, and its aging exterior belies rugged technology within. We consider it one of those best iPhones You can buy.
If anything, it could mean we won’t see a huge price hike for the new iPad 2022. A major redesign that completely changes the face of the device gives Apple more right to raise prices. If the new iPad looks like an evolutionary upgrade of the last model, but not an all-new beast, it might start at the same price. In this year of a huge cost of living crisis, it can be considered the most welcome move.