Apple iPad 10′ USB-C port slower than other models, at 480 Mbps

Apple’s new tenth-generation iPad is equipped with a slower USB-C port compared to the new iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models. In a new iPad review published this week, The Verge noted that the iPad 10’s USB-C port is limited to the 480 Mbps that USB 2.0 can support.

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That means the 10th-generation iPad will transfer data at the same speed as the 9th-generation iPad with the Lightning port, despite the USB-C port.

All other iPad models with USB-C ports have faster data transfer speeds, such as iPad Pro models with M1 and newer chips compatible with Thunderbolt 4, data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps, and the transfer of fifth-generation iPad Air speeds up to 10Gbps, 4th generation iPad Air and the latest iPad mini up to 5Gbps.

Apple iPad 10 USB-C Charging

This limitation may not be important to most users in the iPad 10’s target market, but it’s still important information that may drive some users who typically use wired data to opt for the iPad mini or iPad Air instead.

Compared with the previous entry-level model, the main new features of the tenth-generation iPad include a larger 10.9-inch display, narrower bezels, an A14 bionic chip, USB-C port, Touch ID power supply Keys, a FaceTime camera in landscape orientation, 5G support on cellular models, Wi-Fi 6, and a new Magic Keyboard Folio accessory with a row of function keys.

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