The New iPad is Weird!
so I spent some time trying to understand this iPad. I've never been so confused by so many options in a new product so this is the new 10th generation iPad Baseline and it also has one of those bright new colors and this thing has a slightly new design which has overall improved the home button is gone it has a rather familiar rectangular shape now with flatter sides the new colors are actually a bit saturated which is ok this one here is yellow but there is also a pink and a blue on top the silver safe bet it's a bit less cluttered than it looks on Apple's website, though there's a Touch ID button on top, so you get biometric unlock even though there's no home button, thinner bezels all the same, and a slightly larger 11-inch LCD screen on the front horizontal stereo speakers have an increase from an 8 to 12-megapixel camera on the back and an A14 bionic chip Inside it's not the newest, but it's a step up from the a13 bionic that's on the 9th-gen iPad, so none of it is confusing.
The iPad Baseline upgrade is great, but that's where some of the
weirdness starts, so first of all, upgrades to USB type-c are finally now not Thunderbolt speeds or anything, but hey, now you can finally plug in flash drives USBC you can charge fast you can even plug in an external display up to 4K 30 Hertz or 1080p 60hz which I definitely wasn't doing with the lightning port before I asked USBC to put it in the base iPad now it's great although it's confusing because they also announced that this iPad will be compatible with the first generation Apple pencil which if you remember is lightning this was the pencil that was infamously and hilariously plugged into the bottom of old iPads to charge through that Lightning port, but if we're USBC now, then that means oh god, oh no It's happening.
You need a USBC to lightning adapter to charge the pen. I'm sure no one will ever lose it. It also comes in this separate piece of packaging. in the apple pencil box there is more packaging which is a little bit more wasteful but also yeah if you ever lose it and need another nine bucks but i still think like apple you made a new pencil a second generation pencil that it's so much better the 2nd generation stylus attaches to the side of the
ipad air or
ipad pro with magnets and charges wirelessly where's that one here?
I feel like I've gone through all the versions of this in my head, but basically what I came up with is probably some people saying that Apple knows that there will be groups of people, companies, schools that have the older iPad 9th generation and pencils, and they'll want to keep using those stylus when they upgrade to this new iPad. that's why they kept support for the old apple pencil and for those people i would say but you guys do both why not both why not both so honestly the real answer is most likely because this is the first
ipad in move the webcam to that. hi On the flip side, the long low profile bezel might be the best change on this whole piece of hardware so now when you're on video calls or doing anything while looking at the camera it will look like you're looking at the camera . instead of sitting to the side like on every other iPad, so this is a welcome change, but now that means the spot you'd normally put on the second-gen Apple Pencil with magnets and a cut-out well now taken up by the webcam casing and the other side has the smart pins which I'll get to in a second and then the top and bottom are speakers and apparently it would be two on Apple to put it on the side, you know, like this asymmetrical or something so just to just to have room for cutouts basically apple also released their new M2 iPad Pro at the same time as this which also has a 12 megapixel ultra wide webcam with Center Stage like this but it didn't move to the side long it's still on that side spot which leads me to be I think Apple sees this as a direct compromise you can have the new Apple Pencil and it will charge on top or you can have the webcam on the long side one or or either, but not both and I guess we'll never see it. an iPad Pro with the webcam in the right place, so for those who want a little more from the iPad Baseline, Apple has also released a new, completely redesigned two-piece Magic Keyboard Case for the iPad.
The first piece is like a back plate that attaches to the iPad with magnets and then acts as a kickstand basically a very useful surface and then with the second piece it's just a new keyboard with a whole new row of features at the top, so now. Since the SMART connector pins are on the side edge rather than the back, you can just slap the keyboard on or off at any time and go straight to the iPad, so this two-piece setup has its pros and cons. its not as laughable its much better suited to working on a desk or a more stable surface because of the weight distribution but the advantage is its two pieces its modular so now you can go right standing if you just want watch a movie or show hands free or you can add a keyboard anytime you want to type or if you want to be mobile but take your keyboard with you you can flip the keyboard over so you don't feel those buttons on the back all the time whenever I'm holding the thing, so it's okay.
I like the idea but there are still a couple of head scratchers, first of all this new two piece setup won't make it to the new iPad Pro for some reason I think if you like those function keys. that you would want that for the
ipad pro but this is just for this
ipad but also this
ipad doesn't have a stage manager not that stage manager you know he's awesome or something but this would have been nice for people who want use that USBC hook it up to an external monitor and get a little more window management a little more of that ongoing multitasking but this one won't make it as
weird but the biggest head scratcher of all has to be the right price , so it's still a $250 keyboard. and case accessory and then this new iPad here it's starting at four hundred and fifty bucks which is a pretty big price increase over the 9th generation iPad we just upgraded from which it remains in Apple's lineup at 330 without changes this might be kind of a hot take but I really don't get why this one exists like I'm not even saying it's a bad product it's a perfectly good iPad it works it does all the things it has the new chip it has the little things now it has Wi -Fi 6 has a perfectly fine screen it has USBC the new colors is thin it's a tablet it's ok it's just
weird like you just want a basic iPad this person still exists oh I just want to get a basic iPad what are the schools the companies that it's the moms that get it put it in a giant foam case and give it to your kid to watch videos like i just need an
ipad that's still n's iPad 329 9th generation is a hundred bucks cheaper that's a better deal that's still the one I'd pick I recommend it for those people, but then the second you think, oh, I might want a little more out of my iPad.
I want to do a bit more good, maybe I'd like to use it as a pseudo computer a bit in the second. i want it to be a real computer this is 64 gigs at baseline in 2022 not real computer storage so it increases to real computer storage and then this plus this is 850 bucks what i mean is you could get an iPad Air for that price you could get an iPad Pro for that price you could also get a computer for that price so this is a
weird combination of things that exist together for that kind of money like even without the keyboard this iPad 64 gigs in 2022 for 450 bucks is just
weird so bottom line this is a bit of an odd set of stuff sorted between sweet and simple enough for some but pretty silly for most thanks for looking