Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022, 15:10 iOS: Hardware

Report: New iPad On The Way In – Lightning On The Way Out

Apple's Lightning connection standard, introduced in 2012, is making a retreat. As of right now, this only applies to the iPad lineup – however, the iPhone's likely already queued to meet the same treatment. Even a while before the EU's recent regulatory demands for unified charging standards, there was already rumor of Apple's concern that the relatively young connection standard might not have much of a future ahead of it. Instead, future development seemed to only seriously consider two options: a switch to USB-C, or to connection-less smartphones.

Lightning Standard On Its Way Out?
According to a new rl=https://9to5mac.com/2022/06/14/new-ipad-a14-chip-5g-and-usb-c/]report[/url], Lightning is now on the way out for the iPad, at least. The iPad Pro has used USB-C for a while now (since 2018) and the iPad Air and iPad mini changed to the standard in their most recent releases. Thus, there's actually already only one iPad model left yet to make the switch, the standard iPad, which is currently the next in line.

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Base iPad To Receive Significant Upgrades
The standard iPad is a blockbuster product for Apple, for a comparatively reasonable price, users receive a fully-fledged tablet – only without Face ID or the absolute fastest chip. Despite this, the device is still a very attractive offer for many not in need of these features do to its cost/performance ratio, and, as per the most current information – the device is about to receive some major upgrades. We've already discussed one of these, Lightning will be making an exit from the stage along with the LTE cellular standard, whilst the 5G cellular standard and USB-C make their own entrance.

Larger Display & Faster Chip
The 10th generation of the iPad should come with a larger display, either 10.5 or 10.9 inches. There will still be differences between the standard device and the most expensive models, with DCI-P3 color standard or brighter displays restricted to the more upscale devices. At the moment, the current 9th generation iPad relies on the A13 Bionic, although the next should be set to receive the A14 Bionic. With respects to the countless set of features that iPadOS offers which require an M-chip, there will still be some significant differences between the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.

Design Changes Also Expected
There isn't any concrete information concerning the design of the upcoming iPad, however, if the device is indeed equipped with a significantly larger display, there could be several major changes. Narrower display edges are to be expected, otherwise the tablet's overall dimensions would increase significantly. Face ID (including the infamous notch) should still be excluded as a feature. The announcement of the new iPad should take place this summer or fall.

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