The new iPad 2021 has been unveiled: it is the latest generation of entry-level tablet from Apple, following on from the iPad 10.2 (2020) released 11 months ago.
Announced at Apple’s iPhone 13 reveal event, the new iPad (2021) is likely to be a popular slate for students, families, the elderly and other less demanding tech users thanks to its modestly priced, compared to the iPad Air and iPad Pro models, which are heavier in spec.
It’s not exactly a reinvention of its predecessor – in fact, it’s identical in many ways – but there are a few tweaks that might appeal to some. Plus, it starts at the same price as the 2020 iPad, even though it has double the base storage.
Cut to the chase
- What is that? Apple’s latest entry-level iPad
- When did he come out? Pre-orders are open now, on sale September 24
- How much will it cost? From $ 329 / £ 319 / AU $ 499
New iPad release date and price (2021)
We have all the prices of the new iPad, which you can check out in our little table below. The starting price is the same as last year, but it started at 32GB, while the new one starts at 64GB.
While this year-old tablet was available in 32GB or 128GB, this version gives you double the storage at 64GB or 256GB. Like most Apple slates, you can buy it with Wi-Fi connectivity. -Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular.
|Connectivity & storage||American price||UK prices||AU Price|
|Wi-Fi and 64 GB||$ 329||£ 319||$ 499|
|LTE and 64 GB||$ 459||£ 439||$ 699|
|Wi-Fi and 256 GB||$ 479||£ 459||$ 729|
|LTE and 256 GB||$ 609||£ 579||$ 929|
The tablet goes on sale September 24, but you can pre-order it right away on Apple’s website.
Design and display
The new iPad looks like the previous one, and it’s mostly under the hood changes here. According to Apple, the reason is that the existing accessories will be compatible with the new slate.
It’s now the only Apple tablet that hasn’t embraced the new iPad styling, with screens that encompass the entire front of the device, and with Face ID or Touch ID on a side button. No, here you still have the same old big Touch ID button on the front.
There are silver and gray versions of the tablet – a curious combination because they aren’t much different, but you’ll probably be storing the slate in a case anyway. According to Apple, the aluminum used here is 100% recycled.
The screen on the new iPad is a 10.2-inch 1620 x 2160 LCD, just like last year’s model. The maximum brightness is 500 nits, which is not surprising, but should be fine if you are not in direct sunlight.
The only change is the introduction of Apple’s TrueTone technology, so the screen image will be adjusted according to the ambient lighting; when you are outdoors, for example, the screen will become brighter and the colors will be changed.
Cameras and battery life
Apple says the front camera got a “big upgrade” from the camera on last year’s model – it’s a 12MP snapper with Apple’s Center Stage feature, which Adjusts the framing to keep you in the center of the image when you’re on video calls.
The rear camera is the same 8 MP snapper as last time around – apparently it’s up front where the big changes are happening.
We haven’t heard anything about battery life either, other than the endless wave of “up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi ‐ Fi or watching video” – we’ll have to assess its true. autonomy during our test period.
Charging is done with a built-in 20W charger, which is a pretty decent speed for a tablet like this, although it will still take over an hour to fully charge.
Specifications, performance and software
The new iPad is equipped with the A13 Bionic chipset, which is not as powerful as the M1 chip of the new iPad Pro, but that means that this slate is as powerful as the iPhone 11. According to Apple, this new tablet is 20% faster than its previous one.
It supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which will come in handy for note-taking and drawing, although you have to charge it by plugging it into the tablet’s Lightning port. This remains one of Apple’s scariest design decisions, as it means the stylus will stay suspended and elevated while it powers up.
You can get either Wi-Fi or LTE versions of the new iPad, which means there is no 5G version. That’s okay, as it helps keep the price low.
The tablet will come with iPadOS 15 preinstalled, which is an iPad-specific version of iOS 15 with some additional features such as handwriting recognition.
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