Apple may be redesigning its entry-level iPad this year after a long time. Many of the iPad models have been completely redesigned, except for the original iPad series.
The design of the next tablet PC was seen in CAD files, according to a report (opens in new tab) by MySmartPrice. From what we can see in the renders, Apple will keep the chassis similar to current iPad models. We can see the curved edges with the square body and the addition of speakers on top as well. This is a departure from the 9th generation iPad that only comes with two speakers at the bottom.
Renders also show that the 10th-gen iPad will keep TouchID on the front of the screen. The images also show that the back of the iPad may feature a larger camera island on the back. Although the CAD files were obtained from box makers, it is unclear whether the cutout at the bottom is for a Type-C or Lightning port.
Doesn’t look like any iPad
At first glance, the device from the supposed CAD files, Apple’s 10th generation iPad may have a boring design update. And I might even consider sticking with the same old design. The report claims that the updated iPad can keep the same screen dimensions and TouchID on the front. This might make the iPad a little bulkier than the current generation. And the bezels look unnecessarily larger for a tablet PC in 2022.
Apple also redesigned the iPad Mini to incorporate TouchID into the power button. The 10th generation iPad can also implement the biometric security feature. After all, the company wants to create uniformity in the design elements of its products.
Since the fingerprint scanner has been integrated into the power button at the top, Apple can now provide a slightly larger screen. Although CAD files do not show an evenly curved frame, this can be achieved by Apple. And it would definitely be the way Apple could go when it comes to redesigning the basic iPad.
In addition to the redesign, we can expect the next iPad to sport the A14 Bionic chipset and continue to support Center Stage. Apple is moving from Lightning to Type-C port on many of its devices, including the iPhone. So it’s highly possible that the 10th-gen iPad will get it too.