We haven’t heard much about the 2022 iPad yet, but now a leak has revealed many possible basic details of the slate, the highlight being that it could support 5G, unlike its predecessor. iPad 10.2 (2021).
It’s according to the leaker @dylandkt, and sadly, this may be the only particularly interesting upgrade the 2022 iPad gets, because in many other ways it’s similar to the previous model, with a 10.2-inch screen, Lightning port and the same design.
The source lists other upgrades, however, including the expected move to a more powerful A14 Bionic chipset (as used by the iPhone 12 line), as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6.
The 10th generation iPad will be released later this year with 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, A14 processor, 10.2-inch screen and Lightning connector. This will be the last model before a redesign takes place in 2023.January 17, 2022
Apparently the iPad 2022 will be released at the end of 2022, which is no surprise since the iPad 10.2 (2021) only landed in September. For those hoping for a new design (which removes the home button and much of the bezel), your year could be 2023, because @dylandkt ends by saying that’s when the base iPad will be redesigned.
In other iPad news, ETNews reports that LG Display is expanding its OLED display production capabilities so it can manufacture smartphone and tablet panels for Apple from 2024.
Apple’s iPhone line already uses OLED screens, but no iPad currently does, so it’s a sign that some may start doing so within the next couple of years.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of OLED iPads being in the works either, so it seems likely. They might even come before 2024 – but probably not from LG Display.
That said, other recent news on the subject also points to 2024, so it looks like we’ll likely be stuck with LCD and mini-LED for some time to come.
Analysis: Apple doesn’t need to rush to OLED
While a wait until 2024 for OLED iPads might be disappointing, Apple probably doesn’t have much reason to be in a hurry.
The screens on its tablets (and in particular the mini-LED on the 2021 iPad Pro models) are already very impressive, so a switch to OLED (which offers better contrast among other benefits) probably isn’t a big selling point for Most people.
Indeed, Apple slates continue to dominate the tablet market, despite the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 having OLED screens.
So it makes sense that Apple is taking its time, and it might even be a good thing for consumers in some ways, as the move to OLED will likely drive up prices.