Apple is working on an update to the low-cost entry-level iPad, which will expand the device’s feature set. according to 9to5MacApple’s ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Mu‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌


The 2022 iPad is said to include a USB-C port in place of the Lightning port, which would expand USB-C across the iPad lineup. The iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini are all equipped with a USB-C port at this point, making the iPad‌ the only Lightning tablet.

The updated device is expected to feature a larger 10.5-inch screen, which will be an upgrade from the current 10.2-inch screen. Display analyst Ross Young, who often gives accurate information on Apple’s display plans, confirmed The iPad‌ will have a 10.5-inch screen.

Apple plans to update the iPad‌ with the A14 Bionic chip. The A14 was first used in the iPhone 12 lineup and the fourth-generation iPad Air‌, and will deliver faster performance compared to the A13 on the current model.

Besides screen and chip updates, Apple will add 5G connectivity to the iPad‌, allowing it to connect to 5G networks. There’s no word on design updates at the moment, so it’s not clear if Apple will add the Touch ID power button or stick with the home button.

Apple is expected to update the low-cost iPad‌ sometime in 2022, most likely in the fall.

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