The new iPad kills off those ugly white bezels for good!

Apple Ipad 9th Gen Kid
Apple Ipad 9th Gen Kid (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple's new 9th-gen iPad does away with the white bezels on the silver version.
  • All iPads now come with black bezels for the first time.

Apple announced the brand new 9th-generation iPad yesterday and it's still the best iPad for kids and those wanting to get an inexpensive Apple tablet. It's also the first iPad to ditch the white bezels, even on the silver version.

Until now, all non-black/gray iPads have come with white bezels around their screens for reasons unknown to any reasonable person. The bezels immediately made the screen appear smaller to a ton of people, but now they're gone for good.

Silver Ipad

Silver iPad (2021) (Image credit: Apple)

The iPad isn't the first Apple tablet to ditch the white bezels, of course. iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro all come with the same black bezels no matter which color you buy — even those funky green iPad Airs have a black facia, thankfully.

It isn't immediately clear why Apple has made the change, or why it's happening now after all these years. But it's a change that could finally give those who disliked the white look the opportunity to buy a different color iPad for once!

Apple's refreshed 9th-generation iPad still comes with a 10.2-inch display, although this time it gains True Tone support as well.

Apple today introduced the new iPad (9th generation), featuring the powerful A13 Bionic chip that packs even more performance and capability into the most popular iPad, all while retaining its all-day battery life.1 Starting at just $329, the new iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, the intuitive iPadOS 15, and twice the storage of the previous generation.

Isn't it time you treated yourself to a new iPad?

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • This is nonsense and it's just outrageous. I'm sick and tired of these Oliver Haslam articles that are nothing more than ... "Oliver doesn't like ..." (insert whatever). It's childish, it's unprofesional, and it's not "journalism" or even informative in any way. Especially on iMore, which seems to be overwhelmingly positive for the most part, to have this guy just sh*t-posting about how this and that is "ugly" or calling the people who like whatever feature it is "unreasonable," is just offensive. Who is Olver Haslam to pass his subjective, aesthetic judgement on us all?
    How is this stuff helpful to anyone?
  • I for one, did base my iPad and iPhone color choices on what color the bezels were. Black was my first choice. Didn't have a second choice.