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The M2-powered iPad Pro was the highlight of Apple’s unveiling on October 18, but the firm also unveiled a historic basic iPad that does away with the home button and Lightning connection. The only issue is that the business accomplished it a little over two years ago, and better.

While customers looking for a good price following the release of a new product may turn to an earlier model in the same line, Apple has made this particularly difficult for iPad purchasers this year. This is particularly true if you reside outside the US, as Apple actually increased the price of the prior 2021 iPad after the launch of its replacement (not to mention other models too).

The home button and Lightning connector, which are still present on the ninth-generation iPad, which Apple continues to sell, are ultimately removed from the new tenth-generation iPad 2022, which is part of Apple’s standard tablet line.

Additionally, you get a larger, sRGB 10.9-inch 264ppi Liquid Retina display with a typical maximum brightness of 500nits, Touch ID in the side button, USB-C connectivity, first-generation Apple Pencil support alongside Magic Keyboard Folio support, a 12MP primary camera, four different color finishes, and a more potent A14 Bionic performance (supported by 4GB of RAM).

Imagine the same tablet, but with a P3-wide color, laminated, anti-reflective display (providing better colors, reduced glare, and better visibility), second-generation Apple Pencil support (including integrated magnetic wireless charging), compatibility with Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio, and all of this housed in a body (available in five colors) that is nearly a millimeter thinner and nearly 20 grams lighter than the 2022 iPad, while also promising the same ten-hour battery life.

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