The Apple Event took place today, and along with multiple announcements about its Apple Arcade gaming service and Apple TV+ streaming service, the new generation of iPads was revealed. Apple outlined the specs and capabilities, and the starting price of the new line of tablets.
The new 7th generation iPad pricing begins at $329 USD and will be available starting September 30. The iPad Mini starts at $399 and features a 7.9-inch display, while the slimmer iPad Air has a 10.5-inch screen goes for $499. At the top of the line, there will be the iPad Pro that has the option for an 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen and starts at $800.
First off, the new iPad (base model) will have a 10.2-inch retina display with nearly 3.5 million pixels–it’ll be able to output 2.5 times the brightness, have a viewing angle that’s 3.7 times a wider, and pack 3.3 times the pixel density from the previous generation. Apple’s A10 Fusion chip still powers the base model iPad, which is the SOC (CPU and GPU) in the previous iPads and the iPhone 7 line. All other iPad models (Mini, Air, and Pro) are powered by the stronger A12 Bionic chip (A12X on the Pro). See all the 7th generation iPad details below.
|Model||Display||Chip||Storage (Max)||Starting Price (USD)|
|iPad||10.2″ retina||A10 Fusion||128 GB||$329|
|iPad Mini||7.9″ retina||A12 Bionic||256 GB||$399|
|iPad Air||10.5″ retina||A12 Bionic||256 GB||$499|
|iPad Pro||11″ or 12.9″ liquid retina||A12X Bionic||1 TB||$799|
The home screen has been redesigned for the new OS, called iPadOS. There was also a demonstration on how there will be deeper integration with Apple Pencil. To improve usability, a floating keyboard will be featured on the side for one-handed typing and more of the screen is visible. These iPads will feature a smart connector so you can connect the smart keyboard, which folds into a cover.
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