Apple iPad 10 third-party protective case appeared in offline stores

The rumored third-party protective cover for Apple's 10th-generation iPad (tentatively called iPad 10) has been put on the shelves in advance at a Target store in the United States.

Twitter user @roeeban today shared a photo of a case for the unreleased 2022 entry-level iPad. The case was designed by accessory maker Speck, which has been making cases for Apple products for over a decade and may have sources in Apple's supply chain for design details on upcoming devices.

Notably, the case has a stand for the Apple Pencil 2, which suggests that the iPad 10 will support the newer version of the Apple Pencil. The iPad 9 is only compatible with the original Apple Pencil. The iPad 10 will have a new design with a larger 10.5-inch display, a USB-C port, a flat bezel similar to the iPad Pro, and a horizontal FaceTime camera, which is expected to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device will also feature an A14 Bionic chip, and the cellular version supports 5G. It's not entirely clear if the device retains the Touch ID physical Home button or uses the Touch ID power button.

The new iPad 10 could be released this month alongside the new iPad Pro 2022. iPadOS 16 is expected to be released to the public next week.

Apple last updated the entry-level iPad in September 2021, and the iPad 9 features a 10.2-inch display, an A13 Bionic chip, an upgraded 12-megapixel front-facing camera, centered portrait support, True Tone, and double the base storage. The 10.2-inch iPad 9 starts at $329 (RMB 2,499) with 64GB of storage.

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