New CAD renderings purportedly of the 2022 iPad have leaked, revealing an updated tablet with flat sides and a larger screen, but no sign of a headphone jack.
These images come from MySmartPrice (opens in a new tab) (via Apple Insider (opens in a new tab)) and, if genuine, give us a fascinating insight into what the rumored device could look like. The renders reportedly come from a case maker working on accessories for the rumored 10th-generation iPad, and at first glance, the front of the device looks similar to its predecessor, the iPad 2021. But while the front camera and the home button we’re all present and correct, this new slate appears to have larger bezels on all four sides.
Meanwhile, the back of the tablet shown here is virtually identical to the last-gen iPad, with a single camera. But, as MySmartPrice points out, it looks like the 2022 iPad will have an LED flash and a camera island, features the current-gen iPad lacks. According to the leak, the new iPad would measure 9.7 x 7.0 x 0.27 inches. This would make it wider but thinner than the current iPad, which measures 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29 inches.
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One of the biggest takeaways from these renders is that Apple could remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the standard iPad, as it has on other iPhones and iPads; there is no sign of it neither on the top nor on the bottom of the device.
In a sense, this would make sense, as most Apple devices now use USB instead of 3.5mm for headphones. But in another, it would be a big jolt; after all, the entry-level iPad is the one most likely to be used in schools or by children in general, the demographic most likely to use cheaper ‘wired buds’.
On the other hand, the renders also show speakers at the top and bottom of the board, suggesting four-speaker support. This would be a huge upgrade and would actually put the iPad 2022 on par with the iPad Pro (2021) and above the iPad mini 6 and iPad Air (2022), in terms of audio output, potentially offsetting the loss. of the 3.5mm jack.
Meanwhile, the power button rests at the top, while the volume buttons are on the side. A big mystery, though, is the iPad’s charging port, which is covered by a red mark on the CAD renders. Recent rumors say that Apple may ditch the Lightning port and introduce USB-C support for the iPad.
As with all rumours, take all of this with a fair amount of skepticism. We can’t say for sure that the renders are genuine and that the new iPad would look like this. But based on these renders, at least, it looks like the next iPad could have a mix of old and new design features.
The overall design isn’t radically different, but a larger screen and flat sides would certainly be a departure from older models. But like previous standard iPads, the new tablet would retain the large home button, which would presumably also act as Touch ID.
Regarding the specifications of the iPad, previous rumors have claimed that the tablet will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip from the iPhone 12. This would mean that there would be a huge difference in performance between it and the iPad mini, which has an A15 chip like the iPhone. 13. series. The gap would be even larger when comparing an iPad A14 to the iPad Air and iPad Pro, both of which use Apple M1 chips with additional performance and capabilities.
However, the A14 chipset would apparently still mean a 30% boost over the 2021 iPad, helping to run modern apps. The 2022 iPad is likely to support iPadOS 16, but features like Stage Manager wouldn’t be possible on the slate if it indeed lacks the M1 chip.
The new iPad is expected to launch this fall. Considering that season is just around the corner, we expect to hear more news from time to time. In the meantime, check out our iPad 2022 rumor hub for all the latest news.