Apple has released a new version of its entry-level iPad, which it simply refers to as “the iPad.” Apple is ditching the familiar design in favor of rounded edges and a home button. Instead, the iPad resembles the iPad Air and iPad Pro. However, there are some concessions.
The new iPad starts at $449, which is significantly higher than the previous model’s price of $329. However, you get a larger 10.9-inch display with a resolution of 23601640, improved specs, and compatibility with some new accessories. It is available in four different colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.
Let’s start with the details. Apple is updating the device’s system-on-a-chip and replacing the A13 with an A14 Bionic. It’s the same system-on-chip found in the iPhone 12 lineup.
The device has two cameras: the front-facing camera is a 12MP ultrawide camera that is now integrated into the landscape edge of the iPad, making you look better when making video calls in landscape mode.
Another 12MP camera is located on the device’s back. Touch ID is still supported on this iPad. You must rest your finger on the top button in order to use it.
The entry-level iPad now has a USB-C port for charging and other accessories for the first time. With its built-in Lightning connector, this device still supports the first-generation Apple Pencil.
That is likely the most significant disadvantage of the new device. Yes, an adapter is required to charge the Lightning pencil with your new iPad. If you’ve never used an Apple Pencil, this adapter is now included with newly sold first-generation Apple Pencils.
If you already own a Pencil, however, you’ll have to pay $9 for a USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter. On one side, you connect the Pencil, and on the other, you connect a USB-C cable. And it appears to be as follows:
The iPad supports Wi-Fi 6, and you can also get an iPad with cellular connectivity that supports 5G networks.
Apple has designed a new Magic Keyboard Folio with a trackpad as an accessory. It has full-size keys with 1 mm of travel and a row of function keys for volume control, media control, and other functions.
The Magic Keyboard Folio, interestingly, is a two-piece accessory. The keyboard can be attached to the device’s bottom. The back cover, which includes a built-in stand, is a separate piece that magnetically attaches to the device’s back. When not in use, users can fold the keyboard behind the device.
The Magic Keyboard Folio costs $249, making this keyboard quite pricey. The cover also comes in a keyboard-less version for $79.
The new iPad is now available for pre-order, and it will be available on October 26.