Apple today announced the 7th generation iPad with a bigger screen and faster internals.
The previous 9.7-inch iPad was Apple’s cheapest iPad and the new 10.2-inch iPad further builds on that. Like it has done on the iPad Pro lineup, the 7th gen iPad comes with smaller bezels and a bigger display while retaining the same dimensions as its predecessor. The bigger display still retains Apple Pencil support. This time around, the iPad also has Smart Connector to support a wider range of accessories, including Apple’s own Smart Keyboard.
The 7th gen iPad is powered by Apple’s 10 Fusion chip which was found inside the iPhone 7 series. Surprisingly, this is the same chip that was also found inside the 6th gen iPad so there is not going to be any performance improvements compared to the previous model. Despite the A10 Fusion chip being very old, Apple says the new iPad offers 2x the performance of the most popular laptop out there.
Other specs of the new iPad remain the same as the model it replaces which includes Touch ID, stereo speakers, and more.
Apple has made the new 7th gen iPad with iPadOS 13 in mind. Thanks to iPadOS 13, the 7th gen iPad will offer a better multitasking experience and allow one to run multiple apps side-by-side.
The new 7th gen iPad starts from $329, with educational customers getting it at a slightly discounted price of $299. It goes on pre-order today and starts shipping to customers on September 30. It is available in 32GB and 128GB storage variants.