A year and a half after introducing the entry-level sixth-gen iPad with Apple Pencil support and a faster processor, Apple today revealed a redesigned seventh-generation model with a larger screen.
“The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model featuring a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The new iPad was built to run iPadOS, which introduces powerful new ways to multitask, manage and mark up documents, use Apple Pencil and view more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen. This new iPad with iPadOS takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for creating, learning, working and playing.”
For the first time since the iPad’s introduction in 2010, the tablet’s base model is jumping from a 9.7-inch display to 10.2 inches, a half-inch jump that closes the gap with the iPad Air introduced earlier this year.
That screen boasts a whopping 3.5 million pixels and a wide viewing angle that makes it ideal for augment reality, Apple says.
Apple’s new seventh-gen iPad also comes with the A10 Fusion chip, like the previous model. Also like the older model, the new iPad also supports Apple Pen. But for the first time ever, the entry-level iPad now comes with support for the smart connector, letting you attach a keyboard.
The tablet will run iPadOS, bringing all the useful functions of that new operating system. Check our all the new features iPadOS brings to know what this means.
For the first time ever, the enclosure of the tablet is also made out of 100% recycled aluminum.
The device will continue to start at $329 USD, which means that its Canadian pricing will remain the same at $429 CAD. It will be available on September 30, and you can preorder the device starting today.