The USB-C Port on the New 10th – Generation iPad is Slower Than Other Models

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The most recent iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models have faster USB-C ports than Apple’s new 10th-generation iPad.

New 10th - Generation iPad

The new iPad’s USB-C port can only transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480 Mbps, as mentioned in The Verge’s review of the device, published this week. As a result, the USB-C port on the 10th-generation iPad allows for the same data transfer rates as the Lightning connector on the ninth-generation iPad.

The data transfer rates on all iPad models with USB-C ports are faster. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps for iPad Pro models with the M1 chip and newer and up to 10 Gbps for the fifth-generation iPad Air. The most recent iPad mini and iPad Air have speeds of up to 5 Gbps.

In the video below, the YouTube channel Max Tech proves how the new iPad’s slower USB-C port works:

On the new iPad’s tech specs page, Apple does not mention the slower USB-C port. Nevertheless, we have verified that the device can only transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds. Most users in the iPad’s target market might not be bothered by this restriction. The iPad mini or iPad Air may appeal to customers who require faster wired transfers, even though this information is still crucial. Another choice for quicker wireless transfers is an airDrop.

The price of the new iPad in the US is $449, while that of the iPad mini and iPad Air are $499 and $599, respectively.


Compared to the previous entry-level model, the 10th-generation iPad has a larger 10.9-inch display with slimmer bezels and flat edges, the A14 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, a FaceTime camera that can be used in landscape mode, 5G support on cellular models, Wi-Fi 6, and a new two-piece Magic Keyboard Folio accessory with a row of function keys. The device is available in Blue, Pink, Silver, and Yellow finishes.

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