11 September 2019
Apple has officially launched the 7th generation iPad aka iPad 7 that will be succeeding the iPad 6 from the last year. It kicked off the announcement by revealing that the 9.7-inch iPad is the most popular iPad in the market and is the first iPad for about 60% of people. And now, the team is taking the same iPad to the next level with a number of noteworthy changes.
The biggest change that you will notice is that the new iPad has a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display with about 3.5 million pixels. It further has a wider viewing angle to improve the visual experience. Under the hood, it is powered by the Apple A10 Fusion chipset which is claimed to twice more powerful than the top-selling PC.
The next major change is in the software experience as the iPad 7th generation comes loaded with iPadOS. It is Apple's dedicated operating system for iPads which debuted earlier this year. It is essentially iOS but with tweaks meant to enhance the iPad user experience. For example, there is a new multitasking UI with support for opening multiple instances of the same application.
There is support for Split View and Slide Over functionalities that enhance the way you work with multiple apps. All in all, you will be getting all iPadOS features with the new iPad. It also has Smart Connector which makes it compatible with Smart Keyboard for a better typing experience. Like the predecessor, it will offer Apple Pencil support as well.
The 7th Gen iPad has been priced at $329 for the base WiFi model and $459 for the base WiFi and LTE model. It has been released in 32GB and 128GB storage variants with Gold, Silver, and Space Grey color options. It is available for preorders via Apple website and physical stores after the event with sales starting September 30th. All new iPad buyers will get a one-year free subscription to Apple TV Plus streaming service.