Apple has announced a brand new version of its entry-level iPad. The new tablet replaces the 9.7-inch iPad from early 2018, though this one packs a larger screen, while retaining Apple Pencil support.
Here's everything you need to know about Apple's 2019 iPad.
What's up with this iPad?
This iPad replaces the 2018 iPad, and has a larger 10.2-inch display. It's got an Apple A10 system-on-a-chip. It also has a Smart Connector, so it supports accessories with Smart Connector compatibility.
Is the 9.7-inch iPad going away?
Yes. The sixth-generation, 9.7-inch iPad appears to have been discontinued.
Which version of the Apple Pencil does it support?
The seventh-generation iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil.
Does the iPad support the Smart Keyboard?
Yes, the new iPad supports the Smart Keyboard. Thanks to the inclusion of the Smart Connector.
What colors will the iPad come in?
You can get the 10.2-inch iPad in Space Gray, silver, and gold.
What storage options are there?
You can choose between 32GB and 128GB of storage.
When will the iPad be available?
The seventh-generation iPad is available for order now and starts shipping out to customers on September 25. It will arrive in Apple Stores a couple of days later.
How much will the new iPad cost?
The seventh-generation iPad starts at $329 for 32GB, or $299 for education customers. The 128GB Wi-Fi model costs $429, with an additional $130 tacked on to the price of either model if you want cellular connectivity.
Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
USB-C? Headphone Jack?
Junk Lightning, this thing isn't worth considering. So stupid Apple can't get the iPad right.
I mean - it's not a "Pro" model. The Mini 5 and Air 3 have Lightning. I assumed Lightning, just wanted to verify.
There really is zero excuse to keep Lightning around on any product. This notion that USB-C is for Pro devices, and Lightning is for non Pro devices is just silly. They need to unify on the standard connector the rest of the world uses. Micro USB is the reason Apple created Lightning, and since that is well and dead, it's way past due for Apple to move on.
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