Apple’s 7th-gen iPad has the same $329 starting price as last year’s model. It also has the same Apple A10 Fusion processor and support for the original Apple Pencil (but not the newer Apple Pencil 2).

But the new 2019 iPad has a bigger screen — Apple has moved from a 9.7 inch Retina display to a 10.2 inch Retina display. The new model also supports optional accessories including a full-sized Smart Keyboard

The 7th-gen iPad is up for pre-order today and it should be available in stores starting September 30th.

The tablet features a 2160 x 1620 pixel display with support for up to 500-nits of brightness. The 6th-gen model featured a 2048 x 1536 pixel display, but since it was a smaller screen, both tablet had the same number of pixels per inch: 264.

The new model is a little bigger, at 9.8″ x 6.8″ x 0.3″ and 1.1 pounds, compared with 9.4″ x 6.6″ x 0.3″ and 1 pounds.

Other features for the new entry-level iPad include an 8MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the home button, stereo speakers, a Lightning port, and a headphone jack.

The iPad supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.

WiFi-only models will sell for $329 and up, while prices start at $459 for a 4G LTE model.

Possibly the most interesting thing about the new iPad is that it’ll be the first device to ship with iPadOS out of the box.

First announced earlier this year, iPadOS will also be available as an update for other compatible iPads on September 30th. But given the emphasis on making iPads work as productivity devices with support for mice, keyboards, and digital pens, it’s interesting that the key features of the first iPad designed to ship with the operating system include increased screen real estate and support for a keyboard cover.

That said, iPadOS is basically just a modified version of iOS that’s optimized for tablets, which means that for the most part the user interface will look familiar to long-time users, and most older apps should work with the new operating system.

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10 Comments

    1. People in countries outside of North America.
      Have you seen what happens to Apple product prices internationally? They’re already high, and they easily double-or-triple depending on the location.

      1. I happen to be in Brexit UK, so yes, I am well aware of prices outside the US. Still, when it comes to tablets, the competition is nowhere near. Btw, I am not sure where you’ve found that 2 to 3 times differences. Any examples?

        1. The prices of say iPads is pretty high for USA and Canada, and it gets worse in NZ, Australia, South Africa, and UK. And a little worse in North and West Europe (France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia).

          It gets worse when thinking of Central America (Mexico, Caribbean), South and Eastern Europe (many countries), Israel and UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

          Outside of that, prices get even crazier. And in some regions, the import tax is stupidly high. But based on what I know, Germany is the best place to gauge prices. It’s very stable in terms of inflation, and represents a good median index for the international market. So looking at the Apple Store, it costs 480 Euros. That’s quite the sum. And you could understand why people would opt to get a Refurbished or even Used iPad instead. Otherwise, just opt for an Android tablet.

          While you could arguably say there’s “more variety” in the Android camp, the majority are low-end devices. And some of the best ones are still only a mere Midrange device. That’s before noting the lower quality hardware, operating system, and unoptimised Apps. The reason seems to be that Tablets are mostly a niche, people much rather a “large phone” and a “small laptop”…. not making much room for a tablet in-between.

        2. “The prices of say iPads is pretty high for USA and Canada, and it gets worse in NZ, Australia, South Africa, and UK. And a little worse in North and West Europe (France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia).”

          I’m sorry but you seem to just pulled out these estimates out of your. ))

          Let’s compare only the UK and Germany! First, let’s see street prices from reliable price comparison site Idealo active in both countries, first, for the 2018, 9.7″ iPad. The one with the same specs as the one introduced yesterday but with the smaller screen. In Germany the lowest street price according to this site is 287 euros, while in the UK it’s 260 pounds, including taxes. (Which amounts to 19% in Germany and 20% in the UK and which you can write off as a business expense if you are an entrepreneur.) You make the exchange between the two currencies!

          Now the MSRP of the new, 10.2″ iPads on Apple’s German and UK sites, respectively. It costs 380 euros on Apple’s German site and 350 pounds on Apple’s UK site. You make the exchange.

    2. I suspect they might typically fall into two very distinct categories these days: People who want linux on dex on the tablet screen (but that’s samsung only), or people who aren’t willing to spend more than a hundred bucks on a tablet.

    3. I have a Huawei M5 10″ tablet and would not trade it for a new iPad. I use an Android phone and have no desire to have one foot in both camps. Android fits me better than iOS.

    4. Most people use tablets to consume multimedia, and you can do that just as easily on a $150-$200 tablet as you can on one twice that price. I paid $100 for an Amazon Fire HD 10, and for what I use it for (watching video on flights and the odd game or two) I don’t need anything better.

      $350 phones are typically way better than $150 phones yet people still buy $150 phones all the time… for obvious reasons like, they can’t afford to spend $350 on a phone. Same goes for tablets.

  1. I would like to know if there are less expensive keyboard options. Someone told me that the keyboard costs $160?

    Can’t anyone invent a cool, ergonomic, protective keyboard for $50. It just doesn’t seem like an unsolvable problem.

    $160?

    1. I got a perfectly serviceable small bluetooth keyboard from one of the Chinese mail order firms for like $13. It worked on my Samsung, Fire and Surface tablets with no problem. I think they are even cheaper now. That keyboard plus a $5 tablet stand should work as well as a $160 Apple keyboard.

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