So, Apple announced the latest addition to the normal, basic iPad family this morning. The 10th-generation iPad is here, and… it sucks. Let’s talk about why.
For starters, I generally dislike talking sh*t about Apple products released on the lower end of the price spectrum – I think making the Apple ecosystem as accessible as possible is one of the best things Tim and Co. can do; however, this new 10th-gen iPad is a joke. Let’s look at pricing and features of the new 10th-gen iPad:
- Featuring A14 Bionic chip for acceptable performance
- All new design, with flat sides and larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (Ala iPad Air)
- Touch ID integrated side lock/unlock button
- Landscape front-facing Ultra Wide 12MP camera, and updated rear-facing 12MP camera
- USB-C port instead of Lightning
- Wi-Fi 6 support and 5G connectivity on cellular models
- Support for new Magic Keyboard Folio
- Support for first-generation Apple Pencil only
- Available for order today starting at an increased $449 for 64GB and $599 for 256GB
- Colors available are Blue, Pink, Yellow and Silver
- Shipping October 26th
Now that the specs are out of the way, let’s complain. Price has gone up considerably from the 9th-gen iPad, from $329 – so that is a total bummer. Over $100 increase for… what exactly? The updated display? Meh. Boring.
Okay, pricing isn’t the greatest value proposition so let’s look at the cripplingly limited support for only the 1st-gen Apple Pencil. This is an absolute bummer. To make matters even worse, take note that the new 10th-gen iPad has a USB-C port instead of Lightning… and then understand the 1st-gen Apple Pencil only supports Lightning. So yes, you will need a f**king dongle, which Apple sells for $9 or bundles with new 1st-gen Apple Pencil purchase.
So uh, Apple. What in the sh*t were you thinking? Do you think increasing the price by over $100 and making iPad users need a *new* dongle is a good move? People love the Apple Pencil with iPad, like it’s such a major selling point… and to not expand functionality to 2nd-gen Apple Pencil is just the biggest misstep I’ve seen from Apple in such a long time. My head hurts.
I guess if you even remotely want a solid Apple Pencil experience your best option is to just shill out for the iPad Air at this point, what a joke.