Bigger screen, same A10 Fusion SoC, same price
In addition to the new “affordable” iPhone 11, and the new iPhone 11 Pro lineup, Apple also unveiled a new entry-level iPad at its event last night.
Being the 7th generation, at least according to Apple, the new iPad is the successor of an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad launched in March last year. The new iPad gets a larger 10.2-inch Retina IPS screen with 2160×1620 resolution, leaving it with 264ppi of pixel density. The screen has 500nits of brightness, has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and supports Apple Pencil (1st generation).
In order to cut the cost down, or offer it with the same price tag as the previous one, the entry-level iPad will use Apple’s A10 Fusion SoC, which was a 16nm chip quad-core chip with two high performance and two energy-efficient cores, and a 6-core GPU, and most likely 2MB of RAM. The SoC is paired up with either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage.
The bigger screen also means the iPad got slightly bigger measuring at 250.6×174.1×7.5mm and weighing in at 483g or 493g with optional cellular connectivity.
In addition to the support for 1st gen Apple Pencil, it also gets support for the full-size Smart Keyboard, which doubles up as a slim cover when folded.
Other updates include the new smart connector, and it also comes with stereo speakers, dual microphones, lightning connector, nano-SIM tray on cellular models, 3.5mm audio jack, rear 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, front 1.2-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, 3G and Gigabit-class LTE for cellular models, and more.
The battery is a 32.4Whr one which should, at least according to Apple, provide up to 10 hours of web surfing on WiFi, and video or music playback.
As noted, the new iPad (2019) will be available as of September 20th, in gold, silver, and space gray color options. The starting price is $329, same as the 9.7-inch one, while the cellular model starts at $459. You also get a year free of Apple TV+ and it supports Apple Arcade game service.