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New entry-level iPad reportedly coming this fall to replace Lightning port with USB-C

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Apple is gearing up to release a new entry-level iPad this fall and while we expect a few new features, the one that will most impress will be the port change as Apple switches from its proprietary Lightning port to USB port. C. The news comes from a Bloomberg article and it confirms an earlier report by 9to5Mac

So far, the entry-level iPad remains the only tablet in the Apple lineup that does NOT have a USB-C port: the 2021 iPad mini was the most recent with a USB-C port, then the iPad Air made the switch to 2020 and iPad Pro models have been using USB-C since 2018.
Concerning the advantages of the USB-C port over Lightning, there are plenty: first, there’s convenience, as it’s the port used by everything from laptops to cameras and Bluetooth speakers, but you also get faster transfer speeds . Apple’s Lightning connector is based on the slow USB 2.0 standard and can only be connected to devices that support the MFi Lightning standard.
The other major upgrade in this upcoming new budget iPad is the Apple A14 Bionic processor, a step up from the A13 chip currently in use. These budget iPads usually run on slightly older Apple chips. The current budget iPad model with the A13 in it happens to match the iPhone 11 in terms of performance, and the new version with the A14 matches the iPhone 12.

While they aren’t the most powerful tablets, the big draw is the price. At just $330 dollars for the base model, an entry-level iPad is a steal, and we expect the new model to be equally affordable.

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