The iPad (officially seventh-generation iPad and internally known as iPad Educational) is a tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It features a 10.2-inch Retina display powered by an Apple A10 Fusion processor and is the successor to the 9.7-inch sixth-generation iPad. The device was revealed on September 10, 2019 and released on September 25, 2019.[2][3]

iPad
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Also known as7th generation iPad, iPad 2019, The new 10.2 inch iPad
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Generation7th
Release dateSeptember 25, 2019
Introductory price$329 (USD)
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 13.1
Current: iPadOS 13.3, released December 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)
System-on-chip usedApple A10 with 64-bit architecture and Apple M10 motion co-processor
CPU2.33 GHz quad-core (two used) 64-bit[1]
Memory3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage32 or 128 GB
Display10.2 inches (260 mm) 2,160 × 1,620 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio
SoundStereo
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, M10 motion co-processor, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 1.2 MP, 720p HD, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Rear: 8.0 MP AF, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilization, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Power32.4 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life.
Dimensions250.6 mm (9.87 in) H
174.1 mm (6.85 in) W
7.5 mm (0.30 in) D
MassWi-Fi: 483 g (1.065 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 493 g (1.087 lb)
PredecessoriPad (2018)
Websitewww.apple.com/ipad-10.2/

It has support for the first generation Apple Pencil and has a smart keyboard connector. It is targeted towards the budget and educational markets.[4]

Unlike previous iPad models, which have a 9.7-inch display, the device is the first in the entry-level iPad lineup to feature a bigger 10.2-inch display size.[5]

HistoryEdit

Rumors centering around a successor to the 2018 iPad began to surface in the first half of 2019, when seven iPad models were registered on the Eurasian Economic Commission, a database known for providing hints about upcoming devices to be released by Apple.[6] One of the models was believed to be a new entry-level iPad, which would allegedly have minor design upgrades as compared to the 2018 iPad. Several sources have claimed that the new model would feature a dual-lens rear camera[7] and that its screen size may measure 10.2 inches, up from the 9.7-inch screen size of previous iPad models.[8] Reports from BGR also claimed that the device could begin its mass production in July 2019,[9] with a predicted release date of around the third quarter of that year.[10]

This iPad was then revealed by Apple on September 10, 2019, at the Steve Jobs Theater with a scheduled release date of September 30 of that year. It was announced to retail at a starting price of $329 in the United States.[4] The iPad was released on the online Apple Store on September 25, 2019.[2][3]

Significantly, the body dimensions (form factor) of the 2019 10.2” iPad have been enlarged to match the external dimensions of the current 11” Pro and 10.5” Air 3, which enables use of the Apple direct connect keyboard on all three models without modification. In addition to eliminating recharging and Bluetooth pairing, the direct connection satisfies the education market’s requirement for direct connection only during standardized tests. All iPads also retain backwards compatibility with third-party accessory Bluetooth keyboards.

ReceptionEdit

This 2019 10.2” iPad has been criticized for the a lack of a processor upgrade over last year’s 9.7” model, considering the approximately 18-month gap between the release of this 2019 entry level iPad and the 2018 entry level version.[11] However, while the A10 processor itself has not been upgraded to a later processor, the SOC (system-on—a-chip) housing the A10 chip in the 2019 10.2” has been upgraded to include 3GB of ram, which is 1gb or 50% more than the 2gb in last year’s model, which may provide performance improvements when switching apps (less need to off-load background apps to storage) as well as “future-proofing” the device against future generational iOS operating system upgrades. Battery life has also been praised for the A10 series.[12] As of its date of release, this 10.2” is powered by the A10; the 10.5”, 2019 third generation Air by the A12; and the 2018 Pro 11” by the A12x.

Timeline of modelsEdit

iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2017)iPad Pro (2017)iPad ProiPad ProiPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (2nd generation)iPad (1st generation) 
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "iOS Benchmarks".
  2. ^ a b Welch, Chris (September 24, 2019). "Apple's new 10.2-inch iPad begins shipping tomorrow". The Verge. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Haslam, Karen (September 13, 2019). "New 10.2in iPad Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specs". Macworld. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "New 10.2in iPad Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specs". The Verge. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Potuck, Michael (March 13, 2019). "Latest iPad rumor claims new 10.2-inch and updated 10.5-inch models coming". 9to5Mac. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Miller, Chance (January 25, 2019). "Apple registers new iPad models in Eurasian database ahead of rumored 10-inch iPad and iPad mini 5". 9to5Mac. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Hardwick, Tim (August 12, 2019). "Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad". Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Wong, Raymond (July 28, 2019). "At least two new iPads are reportedly coming in 2019". Mashable. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Chris (July 9, 2019). "16-inch MacBook Pro and 10.2-inch iPad rumored to launch this fall". BGR. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Heisler, Yoni (August 1, 2019). "Apple will reportedly release a new iPad this year with a totally new screen size". BGR. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  11. ^ DON'T Buy the New 2019 10.2" iPad!, retrieved 2019-09-23
  12. ^ Bohn, Dieter (October 4, 2019). "Apple iPad (2019) review: no competition". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.