Apple unveiled a new iteration of its entry-level iPad, which it simply refers to as “the iPad”. Apple is ditching the classic design in favour of softened edges and a home button. The new iPad resembles the iPad Air and Pro versions.
There are some concessions, though. The new iPad starts at $449, which is substantially higher than the previous model’s price of $329. In return, you get a bigger 10.9-inch display with a resolution of 2360×1640, improved hardware and compatibility with several new accessories. It’s available in four colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.
Let’s start with the details. Apple is upgrading the device’s system-on-a-chip and replacing the A13 with an A14 Bionic. It’s the same system-on-a-chip seen in the iPhone 12 series.
The tablet has two cameras. The front-facing camera is a 12MP ultrawide mode incorporated into the landscape edge of the iPad, making you look better while making video chats in landscape orientation.
Another 12MP camera is located on the device’s rear. Touch ID is still supported on this iPad, with the fingerprint button located on the top.
The entry-level iPad now has a USB-C port for charging, some accessories and compatibility with the 1st Gen Apple Pencil via a built-in Lightning connector.
You’ll need an adapter to recharge the Lightning-based Apple Pencil with your new iPad. If you already own an Apple Pencil, a USB-C to Apple Pencil adaptor will set you back $9. The iPad supports 5G cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi 6.
The accessories include a new Magic Keyboard Folio with a trackpad. It includes full-size keys and a row of buttons to control media, volume and more. The keyboard accessory is priced at $249, which is rather expensive. You can order it now as you wait for it to be generally available on October 26.