On Tuesday, September 14, the California streaming Apple event was started with the announcement of the latest, entry-level, and affordable iPad 9th-generation.
Alongside the newest iPad, Apple also announced more products with its most advanced hardware and software technologies, including, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, entirely redesigned iPad mini, Apple Watch Series 7 as well as iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Starting on the event, Tim Cook said its iPad business grew by 40% this past year. So, let’s get into the in-detail coverage of the latest and most affordable iPad.
Identical Display & Design
The whole outer design of the latest entry-level iPad is the exact same as the previous year’s iPad 8th-generation with a classic aluminum body featuring smooth rounded side frames. However, the big bezels are still remaining and Touch ID is located at the bottom, which is kind of a disappointment for those who plan to consider an affordable iPad and expect to feature some design changes.
In terms of display, there is also a 10.2-inch Liquid Retina display on a new iPad, although, there is now the support for TrueTone for the first time. TrueTone is enabled by the upgraded ambient light sensor, which adjusts screen content running on display to the color temperature of a room. So now, images now appear more natural and deliver users with an enhanced viewing experience in all lighting environments.
Improved Front-Facing Camera
The new affordable iPad 9th-generation gets a big upgrade with a 12MP ultra-wide front-facing camera and 122-degree field of view that produces a huge leap in image quality and also enables a super popular feature from the iPad Pro and that’s “Center Stage.”
Enabled by the improved ultra-wide-angle camera and Neural Engine, Center Stage makes video calls more engaging by automatically detecting people and dynamically adjusting the frame as they move around or smoothly zooms out when more people join in. It works in landscape and portrait orientation, so, users can enjoy the all ways they use iPad.
Center Stage also works in video calls more naturally in the other popular third-party apps like Zoom, BlueJeans, and Webex. Along with video calls, users can also record, stream, and post Center Stage video DoubleTake, Explain Everything, and TikTok. However, we won’t any improvement in the rear camera apart from improved low-light images that still remain an 8-megapixel as its previous generation.
Performance Enhancements With A13 Bionic
The latest entry-level iPad is equipped with the power of Apple’s A13 Bionic processor that delivers 20% increased performance over its predecessor – iPad 8th-generation. According to Apple, this performance boost makes the new iPad 3-times faster than the best-selling Chromebook and up to 6-times faster than any other best-selling Android tablet.
So, Users will see even more responsive performance in all things from messaging, browsing the web, run advanced apps, and playing immersive high-quality games. The upgrade ISP (Image Signal Processor) in A13 Bionic makes the rear camera captures great photos with improved autofocus in low-light and also better selfies from the front-facing camera.
The Neural Engine in Apple’s powerful A13 Bionic processor features great machine learning capabilities, This means Live Text which is coming on iPadOS 15 uses on-device intelligence to precisely recognize text in the photo that users can take action on.
iPadOS 15 Makes More Intuitive Experience
The new features and unique capabilities of Apple’s latest iPad operating system “iPadOS 15,” taking the versatility of iPad even further by helping users to do more productive work like easy to use multitasking, personalize App Library, systemwide quick note, Focus for stay attention on a specific thing, Translate app with more natural conversations.
By retaining the same popular design, the new iPad supports the vast ecosystem of accessories, including Apple’s own thin and light Smart Keyboard as well as third-party keyboards like Logitech’s latest rugged combo with Trackpad mainly beneficial for students. This iPad supports 1st-generation Apple Pencil to iPadOS experience as easy and natural as pen and paper.
iPad 9th-Generation – Colors, Pricing, Storage, and Availability
The new entry-level iPad 9th-generation comes in iPad colors, Silver, and Space Grey. And Apple increases the starting storage option of 64GB and adds a new 256GB variant to store more productive content even in the baseline iPad.
It comes in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular model as well. The pricing of the most affordable entry-level iPad starts at $329 for the base 64GB storage variant and is even more affordable at $299 for education pricing, It goes up to $479 for the 256GB model. Pre-orders of the new iPad have already been started and will be available next week (in the United States).