Rough CAD renders show the upcoming entry-level iPad

Vlad, 04 August 2022

Apple has long been rumored to refresh the entry-level iPad this year, with a new model supposedly switching from Lightning to USB-C, as well as featuring a faster chipset. Today some rather rough-looking CAD renders of the upcoming device have leaked through a case maker, and you can see them below.

Rough CAD renders show the upcoming entry-level iPad

Unfortunately these don't clarify the port situation at all, as there's a red mark on the port hole. The renders show a camera island on the back with one sensor and an LED flash, as well as the front layout from the previous model, with the camera on the top bezel and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button in the bottom bezel. Those bezels are still sizeable, despite the rumored switch to a 10.5" or 10.9" screen, up from the current 10.2".

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iPad 2022 CAD renders

The new iPad is also said to have the A14 chipset on board, the same one powering the iPhone 12 series, and a newer option than the A13 built into the 2021 version of this tablet. So it's looking like a pretty safe incremental improvement year for Apple's cheapest tablet, at least if these renders are accurate.

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More iPad 2022 CAD renders

The new device should measure 248.62 x 179.5 x 6.98 mm, which means it'll be shorter, wider, and slimmer than the current model. It will probably be unveiled in September alongside the new iPhones or at a possible separate event in October. It should launch with the new iPadOS 16 on board, even though the update to that could get delayed for existing iPads.

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  • David
  • 08 Aug 2022
  • 3av

No the Touch ID will still be in the home button and the top one will be just a normal metal lock button shaped in the new style. Will be the same as the old iPad’s.

all it needs is that updated chip and it's good to go. it has a good place in a school environment so + points for a NON-laminated display(cost) and for it to retain the 3.5mm jack.🤞would be nice to seem them bite the bullet and have 128gb as th...

  • jason
  • 05 Aug 2022
  • 0RL

another boring ipad.... give it a much needed refresh design wise, it doens need to be radical, just improve it to that outdated 12 year old design, laughable

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