Apple iPad (10th Gen, 2022) review

The latest classic iPad is pretty and punchy, but does it fully justify the asking price?

The iPad (10th Gen, 2022) laying on a wooden table top.
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The 10th generation iPad is one of Apple's current best sellers, and for good reason. It brings up the entry-level Apple tablet to near-iPad-Air specs, offering a beautifully built sleek design, with plenty of power to stream and browse to your heart's content. However, if you want a great camera on your tablet, and software to work up your photos, even with its improved camera there are better tablets available. And for all that, it's not particularly cheap either.


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    Landscape-centred selfie camera

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    Fast A14 Bionic chip

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    Sleek design

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    USB-C charging


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    Gone is the cheap and cheerful iPad

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There's a lot to like about the 10th-generation iPad, which first hit stores in October 2022. From its sleek design – more comparable to the Air and Pro than previous iPads – to its A14 Bionic chip and 10.9-inch screen, the iPad 10 beats the previous generation in nearly all aspects, fully justifying its top spot in our list of the best iPads for students.  

Want it to function like a laptop? You can get the Magic Keyboard Folio with trackpad (for an additional price). Want quicker charging and better data transfer speeds? The iPad 10 ditches Lightning for USB-C port. And with improved main camera quality, and the selfie camera usefully positioned in the middle of the landscape bezel, it would seem that this is an iPad improved in all areas... but then there's the $449/£499 price tag!

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Main camera12MP Ultra Wide camera, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Selfie camera12MP Wide camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Display10.9-inch (2360 x 1640), LED backlit
Brightness500 nits
Storage64GB or 256GB
BatteryUp to 10 hours of constant use
ProcessorA14 Bionic (6-core CPU, 4-core graphics)
iPad Air (M1, 2022)

The iPad Air (M1, 2022) is quite a big step up, in features and price. Yes, it shares the same Liquid Retina display and camera setup. But it boasts Apple's M1 chip, a laminated screen, an anti-reflective coating, and an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. With support of the Apple Pencil 2, it's also a much better option for digital artists.


Money no option? There's always the iPad Pro. Though, in all honestly, if you're considering buying the standard iPad, there's no real reason you should change your plans and get the $1,000+ Apple tablet. Not unless you momentarily forgot that you're a professional digital creative that wants to do high-end video editing on the go. 

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor at Creative Bloq

Beren has been writing about creativity, tech, and creative tech for over a decade. During this time he’s worked on magazines and websites that delve into digital art, graphic design, and photography. He is currently the deals editor on the Creative Bloq website, finding digital creatives the kit that they need for the best price.