A few days after being released, the The Verge analyzed the new iPad (10th generation) and was surprised: the USB-C port implemented in the tablet transfers data in up to 480 Mb/s, the same as for USB 2.0. Thus, the site concluded that, despite having a more modern port, it is as slow as Lightning, used in the previous version of the gadget – and this may have made it clear what Apple’s policy will be going forward.
By comparison, all other iPad models that have a USB-C port support faster data transfers, as is the case with models equipped with the M1 (or M2) chip.
The latest iPad Pros, for example, support Thunderbolt 3 and reach speeds of up to 40 Gb/s. The iPad Air (5th generation) can transfer data at up to 10 Gb/s; iPad Air (4th generation) and Mini (6th generation) have speeds of up to 5Gb/s.
In fact, this limitation may not be very important, given that the new 10th generation iPad is a model considered “basic” and “entry”. Still, this data may discourage some users who want to transfer data to iPad mini, Air or Pro.
Who also proved in practical tests that the USB-C port on the iPad (10th generation) is slower than on the other models was the Max Tech. When trying to transfer a 24.6 GB video from the tablet to an SSD, it took about 10 minutes — according to the youtuber, the same action would have taken a minute on Mac.
Decision may advance how Apple should adopt USB-C in iPhones
The arrival of a USB-C port with data transfer rates similar to the (beaten) Lightning caught analysts and users alike by surprise. This decision by Apple, therefore, should extend to iPhone models.
There are already those who bet that, next year, the company should adopt a faster USB-C only iPhones of the Pro line, while the most basic models would have a port similar to Lightning.
It is worth remembering that, a few days ago, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, confirmed that the company will comply with the new European Union law. After all, by 2024, all electronic devices in the EU must have a common charging standard, USB-C.
To Wall Street Journal, Joswiak criticized the EU for the regulation, admitting that both sides are “a little bit at odds”. “We think the approach would have been better environmentally and better for our customers not to have such a prescriptive government,” he said.
While the proposal was still being processed, the Apple even expressed dissatisfaction. According to her, the obligation should bring more costs to consumers and that will limit innovation. Still, the criticism did not convince lawmakers.
For the European Union, the new law aims to reduce waste, given that users don’t have to buy a new charger every time they buy a device. For the economic bloc, the regulation should reduce the production and disposal of new chargers.