This Is Why the New iPad Makes use of the Outdated Apple Pencil



Apple launched the Tenth-generation iPad final month, bringing the common iPad extra in keeping with the design and options of the iPad Air and Professional. Now we now have some perception into its shortcomings, because of a teardown by iFixit.

iFixit has revealed a teardown video and accompanying article for the brand new Tenth-gen iPad, displaying off the pill’s {hardware} elements and inside design. The iPad seems to be like current iPad Air fashions from the skin, with the identical blocky design and USB Sort-C port — however it’s additionally eerily comparable on the within. iFixit stated, “when evaluating it towards our teardown of the iPad Air 4, it’s clear that we’re an iPad Air 4 rebrand, not a ‘utterly redesigned iPad.’ All the things from the panorama audio system to the Contact ID to the battery capability are the identical. In a heads up comparability, the one factor actually working towards the iPad Air 4 is the truth that it has a laminated show, which implies that the display screen can probably be costlier to exchange.”

One different important distinction is that the bottom iPad nonetheless makes use of the first-generation Apple Pencil, just like the older base iPads, however in contrast to current Air and Professional fashions. The older Pencil was constructed for a Lightning connector, so Apple needed to construct an terrible adapter for it to work with the USB Sort-C port on the brand new iPad. Many assumed it was a cost-cutting measure in comparison with supporting the newer Pencil, however it could have additionally been a design constraint.

The newest Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to iPads for charging and pairing, alongside one of many lengthy edges. Nonetheless, the Tenth-gen iPad moved the digicam to one of many lengthy edges, and the opposite aspect already has quantity buttons. iFixit stated, “the engineers had been most likely determined to get away from the Gen 1 Pencil however merely couldn’t make the Gen 2 work with the iPad 10. Who is aware of, this complete drawback might have a redesign of the Pencil to have the charging mechanism sit off middle so it may possibly coexist with a panorama digicam.”

The brand new iPad remains to be a wonderful pill, however it does look like an odd {hardware} refresh, particularly given it additionally has a very completely different (and arguably higher) keyboard accent than the Air or Professional. Apple began promoting it for $449, a worth hike of $120 from the earlier mannequin, although it was $50 off for just a few days earlier this month. Apple is maintaining the earlier technology in manufacturing as a funds various — one other odd transfer from the corporate.

Supply: iFixit

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