New 7th-Gen iPad with 10.2-Inch Display Available for Pre-Order Now

Apple announced today an update to its low-cost consumer-level iPad with a hardware refresh to bring its processing and display capabilities closer to last year’s iPad Pro specs.  This 7th-generation iPad now sports a larger 10.2-inch Retina display and a peppy A10 Fusion CPU to take better advantage of the additional load iPadOS will demand from Apple’s tablets. Like the iPad 6, the new iPad will also support the original Apple Pencil. Two of the more interesting new features that have made its way into this entry level device is Apple’s Smart Connector, and support for external USB drives. These new hardware inclusions means that this new iPad can use the same keyboard accessories as the iPad Pro. This new iPad is priced starting at $329 and is available for pre-order today.

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New 7th-Gen iPad at a Glance

Availability: Pre-order today. Available in-store starting September 30

Price: Starting at $329 ($299 for students and educaters) for Wi-Fi and $459 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Storage capacity: 32 GB and 128 GB

Colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold 

Made for iPadOS

These improvements make sense since the introduction of iPadOS need to provide a consistent user experience regardless of model. If certain hardware or power options only work on certain new models, that makes it difficult for both third-party hardware partners and Apple customers to distinguish which items are compatible.  

Overall, the 7th-generation iPad is an expected progression of the product line, and further solidifies Apple undisputed superiority in the tablet market. No other tablet at the iPad’s starting price of $329 can match the iPad’s capabilities, speed, and battery life. For those looking to replace their aging, slow older generation iPads or abandoned Android tablets, this new iPad is a no-brainer purchase.

Who Should Buy the New iPad?

This model is ideal for students, younger tablet owners and people with an older tablet that don’t need the faster performance and display quality of the more costly iPad Pros. It’s also a more sophisticated replacement for older, cheap web surfing laptops and e-book readers that could benefit from the multi-million color Retina display ideal for magazines (such as those offered by Apple News+ service). No other tablet at the new iPad’s price range comes close to its features, capabilities, battery life and display

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Mike Riley is a frequent contributor to several technical publications and specializes in emerging technologies and new development trends. Mike was previously employed by RR Donnelley as the company’s Chief Scientist, responsible for determining innovative technical approaches to improve the company’s internal and external content services. Mike also co-hosted Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on Tribune Media's CLTV.