Apple on Tuesday announced a redesigned 10.9-inch iPad with a Liquid Retina display. The new iPad is available in four vibrant colours – blue, pink, yellow and silver. Pricing for the Wi-Fi models starts at $499, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $599. Pre-orders are underway, and the new iPad will be available in stores from October 26th.
As opposed to the new iPad Pro, powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip the iPhone 12 uses. Apple says the new iPad delivers a 20 per cent increase in CPU performance and a 10 per cent improved graphics performance over the previous generation. Apple also claims the new iPad is “5x faster than the best-selling Android tablet.”
Apple is ditching the Lightning port, and the new iPad now comes with a USB-C port. There is no longer a headphone jack, and Apple has also ditched the home button and now putting a Touch ID on the power button. The iPad now supports Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE, physical SIM cards, and e-SIM. The cellular model also has 5G connectivity.
Apple has moved the front-facing 12MP ultrawide camera along the landscape edge, so users can make a better facial connection during FaceTime calls. There is also an upgraded 12MP camera at the back which supports 4k video and 240fps slo-mo.
The new iPad is available in 64GB and 256GB configurations. There is support for first-gen Apple Pencil and a new Magic Keyboard Folio. Apple says the 9th generation iPad will remain in circulation despite the release of the new iPad.