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Hands on with the 2019 10.2-inch iPad

 

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Apple’s education-focused 2019 got only a few —but significant —changes year-over-year. AppleInsider picked up one of the refreshed models to see how meaningful those changes are.

7th generation iPad

7th generation iPad

Feature-wise, the 2019 seventh-generation iPad remains largely the same. It still packs many of the great features that made the 2018 model a great entry-level iPad.

Apple stuck with the A10 processor for a second iteration. Additionally, the seventh generation iPad still supports the first generation Apple Pencil, and of course, there is the TRRS headphone jack.

What is different with this incarnation, is the display. It has been updated to 10.2-inches, up from the 9.7-inches of its predecessor. It isn’t just a bigger display —Apple has kept the same pixel density in the display, increasing the resolution.

The 2019 iPad supports a full-sized keyboard

The 2019 iPad supports a full-sized keyboard

While we were testing out the iPad, we noticed a difference in usability, induced by that added screen real estate. On the 9.7-inch sixth generation iPad, multitasking and multiple windows can feel constrained, but the extra area that the 10.2-inch model provides reduces that quite a bit.

Obviously, the seventh generation iPad isn’t as large as the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro line. But, it certainly is an improvement for a fraction pf the price retained year-over-year.

Multitasking on iPad

Multitasking on iPad

As a side effect of the larger design, the seventh-generation iPad can now utilize a full-sized keyboard. The sixth-generation had to use a compressed keyboard, but the updated model now has proper spacing in between the keys.

If you’re using this iPad day-in and day-out for taking notes or writing emails, the keyboard is quite important. On the surface, it sounds like a relatively minor change to have a slightly larger display and a bigger keyboard in the seventh generation 10.2-inch iPad. In actual use, that half-inch can be profound.

The new 2019 seventh-generation iPad is available now to order for $329 — or $299 for educational institutions.

Stay tuned for a full review of the updated entry-level iPad in the coming days.

Deals on Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad

Instant discounts on Apple’s new 2019 iPad are already available, with Amazon leading the pack at press time with a $30 markdown on 128GB Wi-Fi models. For the latest deals and product availability, be sure to check out the AppleInsider 10.2-inch iPad Price Guide.

iPad (Fifth) iPad (Sixth) iPad (Seventh)
Screen size 9.7 9.7 10.2
Screen resolution (pixels) 2048×1536 at 264dpi 2048×1536 at 264dpi 2160×1620 at 264dpi
Screen brightness (nits) 500 500 500
Processor A9 A10 Fusion A10 Fusion
Apple Pencil No First Generation First Generation
Smart Connector No No Yes
Dimensions (inches) 9.4×6.6×0.29 9.4×6.6×0.29 9.8×6.8×0.29
Weight (lbs) 1.03 1.03 1.07
Battery (hours) Up to 10 Up to 10 Up to 10
Rear Camera (megapixels) 8 8 8
Front Camera (megapixels) 1.2 1.2 1.2
Video 1080p 1080p 1080p
Biometric Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID

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