iPad accessories are more confusing than ever

A picture of the 10th-generation iPad with the Magic Keyboard Folio accessory attached.
The Magic Keyboard Folio only works with the new iPad even though the tablet is a very similar size to other Apple tablets. | Image: Apple

Apple introduced new iPads and a bunch of new accessories today, but instead of using the launch as a time to simplify, knowing what works with what is more confusing than ever.

Let’s focus first on the 10th-generation iPad, which got the biggest changes. Its new design more closely matches the company’s other recent iPads, with a USB-C port, slimmer bezels, and Touch ID on the sleep / wake button, just like the iPad Air and iPad Mini. From pictures, you’d be hard-pressed to tell which is the base model iPad and which is the Air.

The similarity to those other two iPads might make you think this new one supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can magnetically stick to the side of tablets for charging and pairing. But it…

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Author: Jay Peters