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Is THIS the cheapest new Apple iPad? And is that a USB-C port?

Apple iPad leaked renders show us the design of the next base iPad model. Apple could offer a majorly updated new design this time.

| Updated on: Aug 05 2022, 14:40 IST
Apple iPad Air 5th Gen First Look: Raises benchmark for midrange tablets
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1/8 The new Apple iPad Air starts at a price of Rs. 54,900 in India for the base 64GB Wi-Fi variant. The Wi-Fi + Cellular variant starts at Rs. 68,900. There is also a 256GB variant available. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/8 The Apple iPad Air 5th Gen gets quad speakers for the stereo effect, and also gets a faster USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port that also acts as a DisplayPort.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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3/8 Apple iPad Air 5th Gen retains the 12MP wide-angle single camera with Smart HDR 3. It record up to 4K videos at 60 fps. The front camera is now a new 12MP wide-angle camera that gets the Center Stage feature. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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4/8 The biggest upgrade on the Apple iPad Air 5th Gen is the M1 chip that is found on the MacBook Air. Hence, you get the 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU paired with 8GB RAM. Performance on this tablet should be class-leading. The Cellular model also supports 5G network connectivity. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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5/8 The Apple iPad Air 5th Gen retains the same 10.9-inch 2360x1640 pixel IPS LCD display with True Tone, P3 colour gamut, and up to 500 nits of peak brightness. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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6/8 The Apple iPad Air 5th Gen also retains its power-key mounted Touch ID fingerprint scanner for biometric verification purposes. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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7/8 A 28.6Whr battery on this iPad Air promises up to 10 hours of battery stamina while connected to a Wi-Fi network only, On Cellular connection, the iPad Air can offer up to 9 hours of usage. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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8/8 The Apple iPad Air 5th Gen runs on iPadOS 15.4.1 at the moment and should be getting at least six years of softwrae support. It gets all the iPadOS features and quirks that we have seen so far. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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Apple iPad 10th Gen leaked renders show a new design with thick display bezels.  (MySmartPrice)

We love the Apple iPad for its sheer power and capabilities. Be it the base entry-level vintage-looking iPad or the eyebrow raising iPad Pro models, the iPad takes the crown of the best tablet from us. However, the base iPad has largely remained the same for several years and rumours had suggested a new base iPad model with a new design as well as a faster chipset than the outgoing model. Now, some leaked renders have shown what this iPad will look like.

Based on a report from MySmartPrice, some leaked renders of the upcoming iPad showcase a new design. Take a closer look though and it barely qualifies as a new design – the iPad continues to have fat bezels and the Home button with a Touch ID sensor. The rest of the stuff seems all new and inspired from the iPad Air 5th Gen. It also seems that the tablet comes with a USB-C port, which could be a bog upgrade for the base iPad.

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The renders show a display surrounded by the fat iconic iPad bezels still holding a Home button at the bottom. It also appears to have a Touch ID sensor embedded into it. The sides are flat instead of curved, and they seem to be getting a set of stereo speakers. The port section is blocked out but it seems Apple could consider the USB-C port for the base iPad. This could finally make the iPad lineup entirely “Lightning-free”.

The display size could increase up to 10.9-inch thereby making it a much larger upgrade than the current model. The rear continues to have a single camera but it could sit on a iPhone X-style camera hump.

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Rumours have suggested previously that the base iPad could come with the faster A14 chipset, which may also bring support for 5G networks other than faster performance. Apple could also make it compatible with the new 2nd Gen Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard. What remains to be seen is whether the display gets a laminated panel like the newer generation iPad models.


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First Published Date: 05 Aug, 14:40 IST