The iPad 10.9 (2022) is one of the best tablets money can buy, whether you’re looking specifically at iPads or are open to every option on the market. This may be a basic model from Apple, but the specs and features feel anything but rudimentary. It’s not perfect though, leaving plenty of room for the new iPad 2023 to improve on.
That’s expected to be the successor to the iPad 10.9 (2022), and based on our experience with Apple’s current model, we’ve put together a list of things we want from this next baseline tablet.
We’ll also be updating this article with news and leaks as soon as anything starts popping up – though you’ll already find some educated guesses about the release date and certain other details of the new iPad 2023.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next entry-level iPad
- When is it out? Probably September or October 2023
- How much is it? Possibly around $449 / £499 / AU$749
New iPad 2023 release date and price
While there’s no word yet on when the iPad 2023 will launch, we can bet on it, given that Apple has been announcing new entries in this line in September or October for the past few years.
In fact, apart from the latest model, it was done in September. So September 2023 is our best bet for the launch of the new iPad 2023 – probably alongside the iPhone 15. However, there’s a good chance we’ll see it in October 2023 instead; one or the other of those months seems very likely, anyway.
We don’t know what the iPad 2023 will cost, but it may have a similar starting price to the iPad 10.9 (2022), which starts at $449 / £499 / AU$749. On the other hand, that tablet cost more than its predecessor, so it’s possible that Apple will push the price up again.
New iPad 2023 news and leaks
There are no leaks about the iPad 2023 yet, but we can guess what. First, given that Apple has increased the screen size and changed the design for the iPad 10.9 (2022), we expect both things to remain the same for the next model; meaning a 10.9-inch screen and iPad Air-esque design are both likely.
However, it will almost certainly have a new chipset. Or at least a newer one — the current iPad uses Apple’s existing A14 Bionic, also seen in the iPhone 12 line and the 2020 fourth-generation iPad Air, so the next model will likely get an upgrade to, at least, the A15 Bionic found on iPhone 13.
What we want to see
As good as the iPad 10.9 (2022) is, it can always be better, so we hope the new iPad 2023 includes some of the following changes and upgrades.
1. Apple Pencil 2 support
One of the more unusual aspects of the iPad 10.9 (2022) is that it supports the original Apple Pencil rather than the newer Apple Pencil 2. That’s despite switching to a USB-C port, meaning you can use the Apple Pencil. can’t even charge (which charges via Lightning) without an adapter.
There are reasons for this decision, but it generally seems like a bug, and we hope Apple will fix it for the next model.
2. A lower price, or at least no price increases
Apple has significantly increased the price for the iPad 10.9 (2022) compared to its predecessor, so for the next model we’d ideally like to see the price drop as it’s the company’s cheapest range of tablets. At the very least, we don’t want it to get any higher.
3. A less reflective screen
While we were mostly happy with the iPad 10.9 (2022) display, one issue we found in our review was that the lack of an anti-reflective coating meant there could be quite a bit of reflections in it, especially when used outdoors.
We don’t expect Apple to switch to a mini LED or OLED display, or pack in more pixels for the new iPad 2023, but we’d like to be able to at least use it comfortably outdoors, so hopefully this model will have that layer .
4. More camera modes
Cameras are rarely a priority for tablets, and that’s the case with the iPad 10.9 (2022). We’re mostly fine with that, but the absence of both portrait mode and movie mode is noticeable and disappointing, so we’d love to see them for the new iPad 2023.
5. Improved Battery Life
The iPad 10.9 (2022) actually has a pretty decent battery life, with our reviewer managing about 8-10 hours of constant use. That’s in the same ballpark as most other iPads, but when you consider that the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) lasted more than 16 hours in our tests, we think Apple can do a better job considering a tablet isn’t a million miles away. is from a laptop.
Even a few extra hours would make all the difference, so we hope that’s a focus for Apple with the next model, as it can help put the iPad 2023 among the best iPads.