The 10th generation iPad modernizes without departing from its basic, affordable iPad roots. Worth buying?
The new iPad is new in many ways, and yet a closer look reveals the same age-old idea that helps Apple keep cash registers flowing for the iPad department. A new design and a slew of internal upgrades make the Apple iPad 10th Gen a tablet worth considering, especially for those looking for an affordable laptop replacement or those who want a fancy new tablet. At the same time, it compromises enough to make you take a look at the iPad Air 5th generation, which in turn pushes you towards the iPad Pro line. Oh Apple!
Aside from Apple’s clever marketing strategy, the new iPad brings some major changes from its predecessor, which still sells at a lower price. Are these upgrades good enough to make you cough up Rs. 44,900 for the basic 64GB Wi-Fi version?
iPad 10th generation design
The new iPad gets the new iPad-like look. It borrows the basic design of the 5th generation iPad Air and ensures a nice fit and finish. It is quite light and is superbly built. The Touch ID sensor is now on the power key and there’s a USB-C port; the latter being a great help to recharge it anywhere. Unfortunately, Apple wanted to keep costs low with a non-laminated LCD screen and that thickens this iPad.
Similar to the old iPad, the 10th generation iPad retains its magnetic POGO pins for accessory connectors. It is useless with the Folio case but is the lifeline of the Magic Keyboard Folio, which costs Rs extra. 24900. Too expensive for a case with a keyboard and a trackpad, but the practicality goes up several notches. Hitting the keyboard case adds weight to the iPad.
iPad 10th generation display
Apple offers a 10.9-inch IPS LCD screen on this new iPad surrounded by particularly thick but uniform bezels. It’s not the best tablet display in this price segment, given its lack of DCI-P3 color gamut support and a non-laminated panel. Once you get settled in, this screen looks good enough for day-to-day iPad tasks like watching movies, scrolling through social media apps, working on a document, or participating in video calls. Brightness levels are decent but sunlight readability is not good. And, it supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which means noticeable latency when doodling or drawing.
10th generation iPad performance
With an increased starting price, the new iPad can’t just be a tablet. It competes with laptops and therefore it has to perform well. In my two weeks with the iPad 10, I’m happy to report that it can actually replace your laptop, provided your work revolves around documents and basic computing.
The A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 is used for work and under typical iPad loads it’s more than comfortable handling it all. I threw in some desktop-level multitasking with the Chrome browser handling 5-6 tabs, a Pages document, and Apple Music streaming in the background — the 10th Gen iPad was happy to handle it all. I even play Shadow Fight 4 matches every few hours and everything is handled well.
Of course, iPadOS 16.1 has a major role to play. The fancy scene manager isn’t coming to the base iPad, but iPadOS 16.1 gets all the smart sharing benefits of iOS 16 and improved performance. You can run up to three iPad apps simultaneously and with the keyboard case it’s a lot like macOS. The trackpad cursor is weird and I would still like a conventional arrow instead of a circle. I also like the cut copy feature on image subjects and the smart text copy from photos. And, if you use a MacBook for work, the integration between these two devices is epic: you can use your Mac’s keyboard and trackpad to control the iPad!
Apart from these, the 10th generation iPad also impresses in terms of audio performance. There is a stereo speaker setup here which is quite loud and produces good quality sound at the same time. Most of the time, these speakers are great for movie nights or YouTube channels.
Apple has also moved the 12MP FaceTime camera to the horizontal top, meaning your video calls will look normal with your eyes positioned towards the centre; not off axis. The camera quality is decent although it struggles with strong light exposure. The rear camera is good enough for a tablet and for scanning documents or doing AR stuff, it does the job well enough.
If you opt for the cellular model, the 10th generation iPad also supports 5G connectivity alongside 4G LTE connectivity. So if you’re planning on getting the big 5G upgrade, this iPad can handle your high-speed data needs.
The basic iPad has always been long endurance and if you use it as a regular tablet for 2-3 hours a day, the iPad will last up to 2-3 days easily. It’s the same case with the 10th Gen iPad, provided you stick with Wi-Fi connectivity. With more video calls, endurance drops massively and you’ll need that 20W Apple charger to handy at the end of the day. Or, you can use any USB-C charger to charge it.
The 10th Gen iPad is a mega upgrade over the older 9th Gen iPad model – its new design paired with a better display and faster overall performance makes it a good case for this new kid on the block. block. However, at its starting price of Rs. 44,900, the 10th Gen iPad, much like a tablet, is overpriced for what it offers, especially for a device that is the culmination of the old tray. rooms. Apple hasn’t done enough to justify the higher price. The display could have been much better, as could the chipset (the A14 is good but the A15 would make more sense in 2022).
Above all, Apple persuades you to buy its new Magic Keyboard Folio in order to make it a real laptop replacement. Adding a Rs. 25,000 accessory to the base of the iPad 10 puts it almost on par with several Windows Core i5 laptops, and doing the same on a 256GB model pushes it into the MacBook Air category. Even if you want an iPad at an exorbitant price, the iPad Pro M2 makes more sense, and a cheaper Bluetooth keyboard would do the job instead of the Magic Keyboard accessory. Plus, the weird 1st-gen Apple Pencil case and a new Lightning to USB-C dongle make it all… aargh!
Why buy the 10th Gen iPad then, especially when the 9th Gen iPad sells for Rs. 30,000? Any sane mind wouldn’t do it. This older iPad may look old, but it does the same things as the iPad at a much lower price. Yes, the new 10th Gen iPad is a big upgrade over its predecessor, but the higher price tag makes it hard to justify even for an iPad fan. I’d rather spend more and get the iPad Air for its M1 chip and much better display.
Maybe when Apple kills the 9th Gen iPad, this 10th Gen iPad becomes the de facto choice for budget iPad buyers. But even then, Apple has simply made it easy for tablet shoppers to look at what Samsung has to offer.
Apple iPad 10th generation
- Looks modern
- The USB-C port is finally here
- Good autonomy
- Average display quality
- Too expensive
- Old Accessory Mount Only