Apple iPad 7th Generation: Everything We Know About The New Models

7th generation of iPads are on the way.

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The Apple Event took place today, and along with multiple announcements about its Apple Arcade gaming service and Apple TV+ streaming service, the new generation of iPads was revealed. Apple outlined the specs and capabilities, and the starting price of the new line of tablets.

The new 7th generation iPad pricing begins at $329 USD and will be available starting September 30. The iPad Mini starts at $399 and features a 7.9-inch display, while the slimmer iPad Air has a 10.5-inch screen goes for $499. At the top of the line, there will be the iPad Pro that has the option for an 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen and starts at $800.

First off, the new iPad (base model) will have a 10.2-inch retina display with nearly 3.5 million pixels--it'll be able to output 2.5 times the brightness, have a viewing angle that's 3.7 times a wider, and pack 3.3 times the pixel density from the previous generation. Apple's A10 Fusion chip still powers the base model iPad, which is the SOC (CPU and GPU) in the previous iPads and the iPhone 7 line. All other iPad models (Mini, Air, and Pro) are powered by the stronger A12 Bionic chip (A12X on the Pro). See all the 7th generation iPad details below.

ModelDisplayChipStorage (Max)Starting Price (USD)
iPad10.2" retinaA10 Fusion128 GB$329
iPad Mini7.9" retinaA12 Bionic256 GB$399
iPad Air10.5" retinaA12 Bionic256 GB$499
iPad Pro11" or 12.9" liquid retinaA12X Bionic1 TB$799

The home screen has been redesigned for the new OS, called iPadOS. There was also a demonstration on how there will be deeper integration with Apple Pencil. To improve usability, a floating keyboard will be featured on the side for one-handed typing and more of the screen is visible. These iPads will feature a smart connector so you can connect the smart keyboard, which folds into a cover.

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Can someone explain to me what Bionic means? This term always makes me think of people who have artificial limbs. What exactly is bionic when referring to cell phones?

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@nikolistary: It's a portmanteau of the words biological and electronic. I think that they are referring to your devices ability to recognise your face and retina and therefore 'connect' with you.

That's just my reading of it mind, not an official reason for the use of the word so take that with a pinch of salt.

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@nikolistary: Just a marketing term, like retina display, but since it is apple...maybe it connects to your brain and makes you part cyborg or something?

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And here's what I learned a long time ago:

Apple devices are the most overpriced pieces of technology out there.

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@gotrekfabian: Computers and laptops, for sure. iPhone prices are pretty standard, but that's probably because the iPhone largely set the prices for high end smart phones. For tablets I have no idea, but based on the price spread here, I'd guess that's all pretty average for what you get.

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@mogan: In the UK iPhone X was priced at £999.99 whilst it's rival, the Galaxy S9 was £699.99 which is a pretty massive difference for what are very similar devices. Apple devices are reliable, I'll give them that but the locked firmware coupled with the extra cost has put me off buying one since iPhone 4. Tablets and Mac devices are the same, I'd rather go with Android and PC over the "mother knows best" firmware and save money into the bargain. Apple devices have become status symbols and the foolhardy seem to clamour for the latest model even though they purchased the previous years model.

For me, those who purchase these devices as soon as they release have more money than sense.

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@gotrekfabian: Not an apple defender, but the are no more expensive- or not much- than other high end devices anymore AND they have a lot longer support cycle.

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@igroku: Apple devices have no greater support than any Android device out there and I have to disagree on the pricing. In the UK Android devices tend to be approximately 70% of the price of an Apple device when they are newly launched. With iPhone 11 it seems that Apple may have learned their lesson and have reduced their price to less than Samsung's Galaxy S10 so here's to hoping that a permanent reduction to the pricing policy comes into effect and price wars ensue to the point that the consumer is the winner rather than just the manufacturers.

I can understand why people like i devices, it has a fast and smooth OS and an elegant design but the extra costs are just Apple monopolising on popularity.