I just spent some time with the latest seventh generation iPad from Apple. It's not the biggest or fastest model in the line-up, but with $ 329 it's probably the best value for money. The new 10.2-inch iPad, announced today at Apple's annual iPhone event at Cupertino headquarters, replaces last year's 9.7-inch iPad and adds support for the Apple's Apple Pencil from the first generation (the one with an awkward cap and a silly load)), the Smart Keyboard case and an A10 processor.
That places this new iPad in the iPad Air business: it has a larger screen, pencil and keyboard support, and it will run iPadOS, which adds multitasking upgrades, gesture changes, and other productivity-focused tweaks to the upcoming user interface with its tablet OS revision.
But it also has a year-old A10 Fusion chip, and the rimmed design and Touch ID authentication may feel outdated to those who have become accustomed to Apple's edge-to-edge flagship and face recognition technology. This iPad also comes with a Lightning connector instead of the more flexible USB-C port on the iPad Pro. Oh, and there's a headphone jack. See:
If you use it for a few minutes, it's pretty clear what Apple is trying to do here: there are now iPads with pencil and keyboard support for a huge range of price points, and this new iPad (with presumably the added functionality and desktop class browser in iOS 13) should pile up as a powerful, flexible competitor for a Chromebook or cheap Windows laptop.
But nothing about this design or spec-sheet is ultramodern: it is a set of Apple & # 39; s best things from recent years, in a well-known case with a slightly larger screen. It's hard to ask for more for $ 329 – but that's probably the point.