The most recent iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models all have faster USB-C ports than Apple’s just-announced 10th-generation iPad. Some reviews have noted that the device’s USB-C connector is restricted to USB 2.0 data transfer with speeds of up to 480Mbps. As a result, the USB-C port on the 10th-generation iPad allows for the same data transfer rates as the Lightning connector on the ninth-generation iPad.
The data transfer rates on all other iPad models with USB-C connections are faster. In comparison, the fifth-generation iPad Air can move data at up to 10Gbps, the fourth-generation iPad Air can send data at up to 5Gbps, and iPad Pro models with the M1 chip and newer are compatible with Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.
It’s possible that Apple purposefully withheld information on the USB 2.0 Type-C port on the most recent iPad. Professionals who will actually be impacted by these slower charging speeds are not the demographic that the company is targeting with this new tablet.
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The new 10th-generation iPad packs a larger 10.9-inch display with slimmer bezels, flat edges, A14 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, a FaceTime camera in landscape mode, 5G support on cellular models, and Wi-Fi 6. The tablet also comes with a new two-piece Magic Keyboard Folio accessory with a row of function keys.