iPad 2022, analysis: a necessary redesign and an inexcusable fudge
“An expected, necessary and well-achieved redesign that collides with the maintenance of a Pencil that should already be retired.”
Necessary and long-awaited redesign
Four colors that do not go unnoticed
The A14 chip responds very well
Historical bungling of the 1st generation Apple Pencil
Not so convenient price
Not Jack 3.5
The new iPad 2022 (10th Gen) hit the market a few weeks ago with a full screen design and in four finishes that are also one of its greatest assets: blue, pink, yellow and silver. The 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display stretches to the edges and, most significantly, the outdated physical home button on its back, which made the 2021 iPad look like something out of a museum, is finally gone.
The design finally got a refresh, and everything you loved about an iPad is still there, this time powered by a more powerful chip in a larger screen area for apps, games, and (of course) streaming.
The new Liquid Retina display provides a good visual experience with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels, almost 4 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness and True Tone technology. Oh, and Touch ID is now on the top button of the iPad, which in principle makes it easier to unlock, sign in to apps, or use Apple Pay if you want to pay for something.
The A14 Bionic chip can do it all
Apple claims that the A14 Bionic chip offers a 20% increase in CPU and a 10% improvement in graphics over the previous generation. We don’t have the previous model with us to put them side by side, but one of the strengths of the iPad in general has always been the quality of its graphics, something in which the competition used to (and perhaps still usually) lags behind.
Feeling like a winner here is easy, and without fear of being wrong, Apple also claims that its iPad is up to 5 times faster than the best-selling Android tablet (without mentioning it, it would be the Samsung Tab S7). Advanced machine learning features are powered by a 16-core Neural Engine from the A14 Bionic chip, which offers twice as many cores as A13, which on paper increases machine learning capabilities by up to 80 percent.
Another novelty is that the front camera is now located along the horizontal edge, and has a 12MP sensor and a 122-degree field of view compatible with Center Stage, which automatically pans and zooms to keep users focused. as they move. The 12 MP main or rear camera offers high resolution photos and detailed 4K video with support for 240 fps slow motion.
The dual microphones are designed to work in coordination with the cameras, capturing audio from the camera being used while minimizing background noise. The new landscape stereo speakers, combined with the larger iPad screen, offer a great video viewing experience.
The new iPad 2022 comes with support for Wi-Fi 6, which makes connections 30 percent faster. For its part, cellular models with 5G allow the iPad to reach maximum speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps in ideal conditions. This, combined with continued support for Gigabit LTE, physical SIM cards, and eSIM with on-device activation, gives iPad incredible flexibility when it comes to connectivity.
Where things clearly go off the rails is in the fudge made to pair and charge the 1st generation Apple Pencil, the only one that supports portability with iPad, as other Apple tablets pair and charge wirelessly with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.
The word “botched”, moreover, has three meanings in the Royal Spanish Academy, and one of them refers to a job done poorly and carelessly. We are not saying that neither the adapter nor the Pen are poorly made; what we find difficult to understand is that, after the redesign of the iPad and the inclusion of a USB-C port, Apple still keeps the 1st Gen Apple Pencil alive, which requires a Lightning port to live. On previous iPads, you connected the Pen directly to the iPad, and well, it worked. Now you have to use a USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter ($9) to be able to connect, charge and link the Pen to the iPad.
The 1st Gen Apple Pencil is $99, and if you buy it now, this adapter is included. But if you want to use your old Pen, you will have to buy it separately. The issue here is not the inclusion of the USB-C port (expected and necessary at this point), but that Apple keep alive (that is, for sale) the 1st generation Pencil. The logical thing in this tenth generation of redesigned iPad would have been compatibility with the 2nd generation Pen, which is more expensive, yes ($ 129) but not so much if we consider its enviable charging and wireless links.
The only explanation we can find at this point is that Apple must have too many 1st-gen Pencils in its warehouses. and doesn’t know what to do with all of them. It is very difficult for us to speak something positive well or to find in this “solution”.
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But hey: does it work well? Does it serve the functions it was designed for? Of course yes! You can draw, paint, design, take notes and do absolutely everything you already knew you could do on an iPad. It’s just the way you have to charge and pair it that ends up blowing up the novelty of the redesign and brings this new iPad back to the moment dongle of the iPhone 7 and the disappearance of the Jack 3.5 for the connection of the headphones.
And speaking of headphone jack… where the hell is it on the new iPad? Well, don’t look for it, because you won’t find it. Apple removed it from the iPad along with the Lightning connector, and now only connectors are left on Macs and MacBooks. It is something that was coming, but we wonder if Apple could not have waited a little longer to remove this port, especially in the case of a rather basic model, and not as sophisticated as the Pro or the Air itself.
Quite another thing is the new Magic Keyboard Folio – designed for the new iPad – which offers a very good typing experience with full-size keys. What’s significant here is that, for the first time, iPad will have a keyboard with a trackpad that lets you swipe, swipe, pinch, and flick seamlessly. And unlike the keyboard on the new iPad Pro, this keyboard features a 14-key row of functions that give you direct access to everyday tasks, like adjusting volume, brightness, or that life-saving ESC key, the absence of which provokes more than a few attacks. anxiety in iPad Pro users.
The best? This highly configurable and versatile two-piece design includes a detachable keyboard and a protective back cover that magnetically adheres to iPad. The keyboard magnetically connects to the Smart Connector on the edge of the iPad, which provides power and data, making the 1st Gen Apple Pencil’s existential bungling of life on the new iPad even more apparent.
iPadOS 16 introduces new productivity and collaboration features, so users can do even more on iPad. For example in Messages Users are now allowed to edit or unsend recently sent messages, retrieve deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can be returned to later.
is also free form, a powerful new productivity app built into iPadOS with a flexible canvas and full support for Apple Pencil. The iCloud Shared Photo Library now allows users to share photos between up to six family members, in addition to other improvements in the apps of Safari, Mail, Weather (coming to the iPad) and LiveText.
We said the iPad 2022 arrives in attractive colors, with a much-needed redesign, and, by the way, with pretty good battery life. The new design and colors are very attractive; It has fast performance and reliable battery life. But we do miss a headphone jack, and the botched 1st Gen Apple Pencil makes it difficult to recommend it.
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Other iPad models are better, more powerful, and not much more expensive than the new iPad. If you want it for basic use, the 2021 model is still going for $120 less. For its part, the iPad Air comes with a more powerful chip (the M1), with a better screen and compatibility with the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil. But it is more expensive, right? Do not believe it, since you can find it on Amazon at a good price, $519 dollars, to be more precise.
Speaking of prices: the base model of the iPad 2022 (64 GB of storage and Wi-Fi) is $449. But sure: you won’t do much with 64GB these days, so you should probably go for the 256GB model that retails for $599.
The cellular version with 5G connectivity and 64GB of storage is $599, while the 256GB + cellular version is $749. Is it more expensive then the iPad Air? No way.
The iPad user is still a hybrid: many times its use is familiar. In others, they are “niche” users, unclassifiable, especially for those of us who write about technology. Apple just released a watch that starts at $800, so any apprehension about price is idle. If we were you, we would wait another year, to see the 11th generation of iPad. Perhaps it will come with compatibility with the 2nd generation Pen and a more powerful chip, and we will have very little to criticize. For now, if you’re thinking of buying an iPad, we’d recommend saving up a bit and getting the iPad Air.