According to a recent report, Apple is preparing new iPad and iPad Pro versions for the next few days, but it seems that someone is a bit ahead of the game. Twitter user @roeeban has shared photos of a new Speck 10th-gen iPad case, which is now on sale at retailer Target. And if that case is to be believed, we can expect the new entry-level tablet to have 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support built in.
Apple’s 10th-generation iPad is expected to be announced within days, and it could be a big improvement for artists if an early release of the case is any indication.
The current iPad only supports the original Apple Pencil, which cannot be charged wirelessly and must be plugged into a Lightning port like an unfortunate protrusion. The second-generation Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to the side of an iPad and charges that way, something this new Speck case seems to demonstrate.
Other improvements we already expect for the new iPad include the move to USB-C, a faster A14 Bionic chip, and a new flat bezel design similar to that of the iPad Pro.
Although the two Apple Pencils are similar, the newer model includes technical and non-technical improvements. To start with the latter, the 2nd generation Apple Pencil has a flat edge, meaning it won’t roll off the table – a huge bonus if you’re tired of scrambling on the floor to find it. But the most significant improvement is gesture support, which allows users to double-tap to switch tools in apps. That could be a game-changer for people who often paint and draw with their iPad and change tools.