The big change in the new iPad is the screen size. The new iPad comes with a 10.2-inch display and could become the default screen size for future iPads as well. The display is 0.5-inches bigger than the previous generation iPad models. Apple has used the same Super Retina display that we have seen before and it looks no different except it’s bigger in size.
The seventh-generation iPad is powered by the A10 fusion chip, something that has become a staple in all the iPad models launched in the last 12 months or so. The new addition, of course, is that of the iPadOS 13 that brings some cool features to the iPad. But that’s more on the software side than the hardware.
Apple’s added Pencil support and keyboard support to its entry-level tablet models with this iPad. The idea remains to give an alternative to cheaper Windows laptops as the Pencil and keyboard give it a much-needed fillip.
There’s no USB Type-C port in the new iPad as it remains exclusive to the iPad Pro models only. The headphone jack also find a place in the new iPad. There’s no change in the design element of the iPad. FaceID is still just for the more expensive iPad Pro models and users will have to do with TouchID. In a sense it’s a bit of downer for those who are now far too reliant on the ease and security of FaceID.
There were rumours about dual cameras coming to the iPad. However, those proved to be just rumours – for now at least – as this new iPad has a 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. The camera specs don’t really sound too impressive on paper at least. We didn’t get too much time to actually click images to comment on how the picture quality would be.
Apple has kept almost everything basic with this iPad. Apple Pencil and keyboard support is certainly a nice touch. Perhaps that’s why this iPad comes at a starting price of Rs 29,900. No doubt it will appeal to those who are looking to get their first iPad or want to upgrade to a new one without spending mega bucks on the iPad Pro. Whether the seventh-generation iPad has the weapons in its arsenal to take on low-cost Windows laptops remains is something that we will cover in depth in our detailed review.
(The author has travelled to California, USA on the invite of Apple)