The tenth generation of Apple tablets is strange. It is new, chic and does so much right, but also so much wrong at the same time, which is why nobody actually needs the device but still wants it.
The new stereo speakers and the borderless design are perfect for consuming media. The front camera is now on the side to look at the device during video calls, the rear camera is better than its predecessor and even records in 4k, but who films with a tablet?
Actually, this model should replace the entry-level device of the ninth generation, if it weren’t for the fiasco with the Apple Pencil. The new and borderless design invites the second generation Apple Pencil to charge on the side of the device. But that’s where the camera is now, which is probably why Silicon Valley couldn’t solve the problem of accommodating the camera and charging port at the same time. The solution was a dongle. The user has to insert a USB-C charging cable into the new USB-C port, plug in the dongle from USB-C to Lightning, and then charge the first-generation Apple Pencil. It is as complicated as it sounds. But the worst is yet to come – the user cannot write with the pen while charging.
The only surprising positive is the available Magic Keyboard Folio*, which is ideal for typists and way overpriced. The Magic Keyboard Folio is a protective case with a keyboard that can be divided into two and has function keys. What users have been wishing for in the keyboard of the Pro models for years has only become reality with this tablet. The keyboard has a comfortable pressure point, a trackpad and charges itself magnetically on the iPad’s Smart Connector.
This model is only recommended with the Magic Keyboard Folio if the user is willing to spend another 300 € for it.