The latest release in Apple’s tablet range was received with polite applause rather than the usual whoops and cheers that define an Apple keynote, and it’s no wonder. There was nothing much to shout about here. It’s not a dazzling new top-of-the range device, though it’s a useful refresh for the lower-cost, entry-level iPad. With a 10.2-Inch Retina Display, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Support, plus an A10 Fusion chip, it’s definitely worth a look if you’re on a budget.
The new iPad 7th Generation has a 10.2-inch display, with almost 3.5 million pixels and a very wide viewing angle. It’s powered by an A10 Fusion chip, which isn’t as good as the A12 processors found in the iPad Pros or the new A13 CPUs in the iPhone 11 series, but it’s still a capable workhorse.
It weighs about a pound, and, for the first time, its enclosure is 100% recycled aluminium. It lacks a TrueDepth camera, though, so Face ID isn’t an option. This is probably the last Apple device that still uses a Home button and fingerprint recognition.
The 7th-generation iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil, Apple’s popular stylus device that is loved by artists and note-takers. For the first time, the cheapest iPad in the range is also compatible with the full-sized Smart Keyboard, so it’s ideal for when you’re out and about and don’t want to take your Apple notebook with you.