At Apple’s fall hardware event, the company showed off a new, more affordable 10.2-inch iPad called the 7th-generation iPad.
The new iPad is the company’s entry-level tablet that replaces the older 9.7-inch iPad. The larger screen has 3.5 million pixels and a 2160 x 1620 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
Under the hood, the iPad features Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, which the company says is two times faster than a traditional laptop. That said, this is the lowest end chip in any of the current iPad models.
The new iPad also has the iPad Pro and iPad Air’s ‘Smart Connector.’ This means that you can attach it to Apple’s Smart Keyboard and that the iPad’s case can turn into a keyboard and connect without Bluetooth.
Since the iPad is still rocking the traditional iPad Air-esque design, it still has the home button and Touch ID. It’s only slightly over a 0.4kg (1lb) so it shouldn’t be too difficult to hold in one hand.
It’s worth noting that while the new iPad does support the Apple Pencil, it uses the older Apple Pencil instead of the new one that launched alongside the iPad Pro.
Apple claims that the device has around 10 hours of battery life. This is also the first iPad to be built out of 100 percent of recycled aluminum.
The new 10.2-inch iPad comes in ‘Silver,’ ‘Space Grey’ and ‘Gold,’ and is available in both 32GB and 128GB variants. In Canada, the new iPad starts at $429 for the WiFi model and $599 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. The 128GB model starts at $549 for Wi-Fi and $719 for Cellular and Wi-Fi.
You can pre-order the new iPad starting today and it launches on September 30th.