The “iPad 10” comes in a new look. Production is said to have already started, but could be affected by power shortages in China.
Apple’s next generation of the classic iPad is said to be in production, although it’s unclear if it will be released in September or October. There are also reports that Apple could face difficulties at its contract manufacturers’ factories due to the threat of power outages due to local regulations.
finally a new design
In contrast to the previous model, the “iPad 10” should finally receive an adjustment in design. The device, which is probably codenamed “J272”, will therefore for the first time have a USB port for charging and data transmission, will finally also offer 5G support instead of just LTE radio – and could have a 10.5-inch display with a thinner frame and flattened housing, as known from the iPad Pro, iPad Air from generation 4 or iPad mini 6. The camera should also look out easily. Apple plans to use the A14 Bionic chip, which was first installed in the iPhone 12.
According to a report by the Taiwanese electronics trade journal DigiTimes Apple wants the “iPad 10” in September launch. Other Asian Sources on the other hand, assume October – and write that an iPad Pro M2 could also appear then. The latter date would actually be more appropriate, since Apple likes to focus on the iPhone and Apple Watch at its September events. In addition, the company recently announced that it would postpone iPadOS 16 to October.
Blackouts at the iPad factory
It remains unclear what effects the current production conditions in China will have on the next iPads. According to DigiTimes, the tablets are currently being manufactured primarily in Sichuan by Compal and Foxconn – and that is exactly where temporary power restrictions are to come, which the Chinese government has ordered due to a shortage. A heat wave causes blackout phases to run in up to 19 cities in the province.
Also the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo warned of this on Monday, but said the impact on Apple would be limited if the government lifted the restrictions by August 20, as announced. In addition, the pavers have a flexible production system that helps with cushioning.