Comparison: iPad 2022 vs iPad 2021

Apple has updated its entry-level iPad for 2022, but is also keeping the old model in the current catalog. There’s a good reason for that, because this time the two iPads differ in many ways.

So, should you opt for the cheaper 9th-gen device or embrace the modern aesthetic of the 10th?

We compare the two devices so you can make the right choice.

Design and accessories

For its 10th generation iPad, Apple completely revamped the device. Say goodbye to the Home button, the prominent edges of its predecessor, its design is now similar to that of the iPad mini and the iPad Air.

Thanks to this new design, the screen size has increased from 10.2 to 10.9 inches. Like other iPads, Apple has moved the Touch ID sensor to the power button on the top edge.

In line with other coverage, the Lightning port has given way to USB-C in the new model, the 9th generation iPad is now the only tablet from Apple that offers both a home button and a Lightning port . So if you’re set on one or the other of these technologies, your choice is now very clear.

Perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that Apple was able to make all these adjustments and barely change the size of the frame.

  • iPad (9th generation): 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm and 487g
  • iPad (10th generation): 248.6 x 179.5 x 7mm and 477g

While both have a smart connector, they’re only compatible with specific Apple keyboard cases.

For the 9th generation iPad, you can use the Smart Keyboard, while the 2022 iPad is compatible with Apple’s latest accessory: the Magic Keyboard Folio. It’s a two-part case, one magnetically attaches to the back of the device and features a stand, while the keyboard and touchpad parts snap together via the Smart Connector. It is very elegant, but its price is high.

Therefore, it is better to opt for a simple Bluetooth keyboard and a separate case. After all, these are more affordable iPads.

You can use the Apple Pencil (1st gen) on both iPads, although due to the switch from Lightning to USB-C, there is no way to charge the stylus directly from the port on older iPads. recently. So if you already have a 1st generation Apple Pencil, you’ll need to buy a $10 adapter to make it compatible.

Otherwise, all new 1st generation Apple Pencils come with a USB-C adapter in the box.

Apple also brings bold colors to this line of iPads for the first time, with the new model coming in Silver, Pink, Blue and Yellow, no longer a question of grays and less colors of the 9th generation tablet.

Basically, if you’ve used a standard iPad for the past two years, you won’t see any difference in the 2021 iPad, while the new iteration is closer to the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Technical characteristics and features

Although they have their differences, these two devices belong to the same family and therefore have many features. Here’s a more detailed look at their spec sheet.


As mentioned above, the 2022 version comes with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, which is slightly larger than the 10.2-inch Retina of its predecessor.

Adding Liquid to the name means you also get rounded corners on the 10th Gen display, which looks great and allows for a more immersive experience.

Aside from the increase in resolution from 2160 x 1620 to 2360 x 1640 that the larger panel allows, all other specs are the same. They feature True Tone technology, SDR brightness (500 nits), sRGB technology and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Obviously, you’ll be using swipe gestures to control everything on the 10th Gen iPad, while the trusty Home button will always take you back to the start page on the 9th Gen iPad.

Sadly, the 2022 iPad still features a non-laminated display that gives this category a lower quality feel.

CPU and storage

The A13 Bionic chip of the 9th generation iPad equipped the iPhone 11 range, it’s very powerful, even though it’s from 2019. As you’d expect, the iPad 2022 includes the A14 Bionic that debuted in iPhone 12 in 2020.

So, the 2022 iPad is a bit faster, but both are capable of handling most daily tasks. The M1 and M2 chips are reserved for the more expensive iPad categories.

The storage spaces offered remain unchanged no matter which iPad you choose, with 64GB or 256GB configurations. hold, so you should consider upgrading to the 256GB version.

Although we recommend it, the price increase that comes with it is unacceptable in these trying times, especially with Apple making such a huge profit. There are good reasons to choose the 256GB 9th Gen iPad over the 64GB 10th Gen.

Image sensors

The two standard tablets differ in terms of camera, both in terms of performance and location. While they both offer a 12MP selfie sensor, the latest generation has (finally) moved it to the far edge of the tablet.

No more FaceTime calls where the camera angles awkwardly to the side when inserted into a keyboard case.

In almost all other areas, the front sensors are identical. They support Center Frame function and have f/2.4 aperture, 2x zoom, video stabilization and can shoot up to 1080p at 60 fps. However, the new iPad has Smart HDR 3 for photos, instead of the HDR 3 of its predecessor, probably thanks to the A14 Bionic processor.

The rear sensor of the 10th Gen iPad is superior because it has a faster aperture and supports 4K video at 60 fps, the 2021 iPad goes up to 1080p at 30 fps. If video capture is important to you, the new model is for you.

Technical characteristics

To know all the main technical characteristics of the two devices, consult the table below:

iPad 2022 iPad 2021
Screen 10.9-inch Liquid Retina, 2360×1640 resolution at 264 ppi, True Tone, sRGB, 500 nits, unlaminated 10.2-inch Retina, 2160×1620 resolution at 264 ppi, True Tone, sRGB, 500 nits, unlaminated
Processor A14 Bionic A13 Bionic
Storage 64/256 GB 64/256 GB
Primary camera 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 5x digital zoom, Smart HDR 3 for stills, 4K video at 60fps, extended dynamic range for video up to 30fps, 3x video zoom, Slo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization 8 Mp, f/2.4, 5x digital zoom, HDR for photos, video recording up to 1080p at 30 fps, Slo-mo 720p at 120 fps, time-lapse video with stabilization
selfie camera 12 Mp Ultra wide-angle, f/2.4, 2x zoom out, center stage, Retina flash, Smart HDR 3 for photos, extended dynamic range for videos up to 30 fps, cinematic video stabilization, 1080p video at 60 i/s 12 Mp Ultra wide-angle, f/2.4, 2x zoom out, center stage, Retina flash, HDR for photos, cinematic video stabilization, 1080p video up to 60 fps, extended dynamic range up to 30 fps
Wireless Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2 4.2
LTE 5G Gigabit-class
GPS Yes Yes
Ports USB-C Lightning 3.5mm headphone jack
Biometrics Touch-ID Touch-ID
Apple Pencil support 1st generation 1st generation
Measurements 248.6 x 179.5 x 7mm 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm
Weight 477g 487g
Finished Silver, Pink, Blue, Yellow Silver, Space Gray


The new design resulted in a big price increase, so these two iPads seem to belong in separate categories.

iPad (9th generation)

  • 64GB: €349
  • 256GB: €639
  • 64 GB (cellular): €609
  • 256 GB (cellular): €809

iPad (10th generation)

  • 64GB: €589
  • 256GB: €789
  • 64 GB (cellular): €789
  • 256 GB (cellular): €989


If you want the latest design and better technical features, then the 10th generation iPad is clearly for you. The rear sensor has been improved, the front sensor is finally better positioned, in a perfect place for FaceTime.

The A14 Bionic chip is definitely faster, but it doesn’t add much, so you’ll get great performance on both iPads.

In the end, it may come down to a question of price. We’d recommend the 256GB 9th-gen iPad, unless you prefer the colorful design of the 2022 version.


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