What you need to know
- The next base model iPad could receive some major upgrades.
- A new report claims that the 10th generation iPad will receive USB-C, 5G, and the A14 chip.
- The base model iPad is currently stuck with the Lightning port.
The base model iPad has always been a great deal for many users.
At $329, it's a great value for those looking for most of what the iPad is capable of. The improvements as you jump up into the iPad Air and iPad Pro really become more and more incremental.
However, that isn't to say that there aren't some things that we've all been wishing will come to the base model iPad. Thankfully, it appears that the wait might be over soon. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, the next generation of the iPad will feature USB-C, 5G, a new display, and the A14 processor.
These would be some major upgrades for the tablet. While it's unclear if the base model iPad will receive the new design as well, these upgrades alone would make for a major generation change.
If all of these changes do come to the tablet, it is also unclear if it will retain its $329 price point. Even if it does get bumped up a bit, it would be well worth it for all of the new features.
Bottom line: While it may still have the same old design, the new iPad (2021) is better, got a considerable upgrade to its selfie camera, and still starts at an incredibly reasonable price. It's the best iPad for the masses, and it's dang good.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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