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Amazon’s Cyber Monday Apple deals heat up with $100 off 2019 iPads, lowest price on Apple Pencil

 

Amazon’s Black Friday Weekend Sale is heating up with early Cyber Monday deals on iPads and accessories. Grab the lowest price seen to date on the Apple Pencil, save $100 on 2019 iPads, and much more.

Amazon Cyber Monday Apple deals

Early Cyber Monday deals

Amazon’s Black Friday weekend Apple sale is going on now, with some of the best deals we’ve seen on iPads and Apple accessories. Stock is running out fast, so it’s best to secure your place in line before inventory sells out.

At press time, 2019 iPads are up to $100 off, with the spacious 128GB model on sale for $329. With Apple Pencil capability, the 10.2-inch iPad delivers an abundance of features at a budget-friendly price, such as up to 10 hours of battery life, 1080p HD video recording, Touch ID and Apple’s A10 Fusion chip.

Speaking of the Apple Pencil, Amazon is knocking $20 off the iPad accessory while supplies, matching Black Friday’s record low price of $79. The Apple Pencil is great for students and business users who are looking to take notes during class or meetings.

Below is a selection of the best iPad deals going on right now. For even more discounts, be sure to visit our iPad Price Comparison Guide.

10.2-inch iPad deals

Early Cyber Monday deals on iPad accessories

Even more iPad deals

11-inch iPad Pro Black Friday weekend savings

12.9-inch iPad Pro Black Friday discounts extended

Additional Apple Cyber Monday deals

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive savings on Apple hardware for Cyber Monday that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus discounts on AppleCare, software and more. These deals are as follows:

Interested in additional Apple hardware? See if there is a Mac, iPad or Apple Watch deal that will save you $100s by checking out prices.appleinsider.com.

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Amazon drops 2018 iPad with Cellular to $299, lowest price ever

 

Shoppers looking for a budget-friendly iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular support can snap up a sixth generation model for just $299, a discount of $160 off — and the lowest price we’ve seen on Amazon — while supplies last.

On the heels of the company’s iPad Pro markdowns, Amazon has issued another early Black Friday deal on Apple products by knocking $160 off the 32GB 2018 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Now $299 for the sixth-generation iPad in Gold and $399 for the spacious 128GB model, these deals deliver the lowest prices we’ve seen for the LTE tablets.

With Apple’s latest 2019 iPad with Cellular selling for $130 more, this 2018 iPad discount offers significant savings while still supporting the first-generation Apple Pencil, making it a great holiday gift for students looking to take notes during the upcoming spring semester, as well as kids wanting a device in which to play educational games.

For deals on nearly every iPad model, be sure to check out the AppleInsider iPad Price Guide.

Alternative deals: 2019 10.2-inch iPads also on sale

Apple Pencil savings

Additional Apple Deals

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive savings this month on Apple hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in cash discounts on AppleCare, software and more. These deals are as follows:

Interested in additional Apple hardware? See if there is a Mac, iPad or Apple Watch deal that will save you $100s by checking out prices.appleinsider.com.

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Review: BentoStack PowerHub combines a Qi battery, USB-C hub, & storage

Function101’s BentoStack PowerHub attempts to be a one-stop shop for portable power, docking, and storage needs, but while it has its limitations, the stackable system still shows considerable promise for those who work on the go.

The new BentoStack PowerHub

The new BentoStack PowerHub

You don’t see products like BentoStack PowerHub all that often. Products that try to integrate multiple individual products together into a single gadget — and do it successfully. Though that seems what Function101 has pulled off.

A lot of what we see with BentoStack isn’t new. We’ve seen wireless chargers, wireless chargers integrated into battery packs, battery packs that integrate USB hubs. However, we haven’t seen a wireless charger on top of a battery that also has as a USB-C hub and additional storage all packed together.

BentoStack Powerhub is an evolution of the original BentoStack that modified a traditional bento box into a storage container for daily accessories, followed by the BentoStack Charge which packed in the battery. Now the BentoStack PoweHub has evolved once more to integrate the USB-C hub and other thoughtful features.

BentoStack PowerHub being used as a battery pack as well as a USB-C hub

BentoStack PowerHub being used as a battery pack as well as a USB-C hub

What you get — and what you can get

The basic model of the BentoStack PowerHub includes three separate pieces that stack together and are secured via a simple silicone band.

An 8000mAh battery is built into the lid with a 10W Qi charger, USB-C PD, and USB-A outputs

An 8000mAh battery is built into the lid with a 10W Qi charger, USB-C PD, and USB-A outputs

On top, there is an 8000mAh battery pack that has a USB-C PD input/output, a USB-A output, and a 10W Qi wireless charger on top. The Type-C port is capable of taking or outputting up to 18W of power, and the Qi charger can output up to 10W (or 7.5W for iPhones).

A headphone jack, a USB-C port, and two USB-A 3.0 ports on the BentoStack PowerHub USB-C hub

A headphone jack, a USB-C port, and two USB-A 3.0 ports on the BentoStack PowerHub USB-C hub

Below the battery lid is the eight-port USB-C hub which has two USB-C 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a micro SD card reader, HDMI output, a 3.5mm audio jack, and two USB-A ports. All of this is powered by a USB-C input.

An SD card reader, micro SD card reader, HDMI 2.0, and another USB-C port on the BentoStack PowerHub USB-C hub

An SD card reader, micro SD card reader, HDMI 2.0, and another USB-C port on the BentoStack PowerHub USB-C hub

Lastly, the base section has two movable separators for three compartments. These can hold the usual nicknacks that one carries around such as charging cables, SD cards, or wall adapters.

Using the USB-C hub on a MacBook

Using the USB-C hub on a MacBook

Function101 has made the set expandable and modular as well, by allowing other components to be added to the stack, such as an Apple Watch band lid or extra storage.

Daily use

We’ve been using the BentoStack PowerHub for a bit now and it has some real perks, though still a few notable downsides.

A magnetic holder for Apple Pencil 2 hidden above the USB-C hub

A magnetic holder for Apple Pencil 2 hidden above the USB-C hub

First, the drawbacks. The USB-C hub must be removed from the bottom before it can be used, which means it takes a bit more space on our desk. We also find the top of the hub somewhat wasted — it has a magnet to hold our Apple Pencil 2 but that isn’t a situation we run into often. As a “valet” for our AirPods earbuds, it is also not all that realistic.

The one way we can see it being used is if you store your Apple Pencil in there for travel for the original iPad Pro or recent iPads that use the first-generation stylus, rather than on the side of your iPad Pro. By the way —this hub works great for iPad Pro.

Adjustable storage in the bottom of the BentoStack PowerHub

Adjustable storage in the bottom of the BentoStack PowerHub

While it provides storage, we found ourselves always needing more than it offers. For a few items, BentoStack is great but for larger gear like a portable drive or card reader, it didn’t always fit with our other priority items.

Those issues aside, we enjoyed using BentoStack PowerHub. It simplified our workflow and was an easy way to carry the necessities with us.

Throwing the BentoStack PowerHub in my gear bag

Throwing the BentoStack PowerHub in my gear bag

In our workflow, we used the bottom storage for a USB-C cable, an Apple Watch charger, and our AirPods, sometimes a battery or some extra memory cards, but it didn’t hold everything. For daily use, it is probably good for most people, but for longer trips, a bag with pockets is probably more practical.

Should you buy the BentoStack PowerHub?

If you find yourself needing the individual components that make up BentoStack PowerHub, there’s no reason anyone wouldn’t be interested in picking one up. It is a very compact design when put together and reduces the need for so many individual pieces.

We have seen smaller batteries, we have seen smaller USB-C hubs, but joining them together is an appealing proposition.

I initially was very against the battery pack as it added weight, but after using it, I started to appreciate it. With the PowerHub, I don’t have to bring a Lightning cable along for my iPhone and I can charge it up from my Mac or whatever power cable I bring with me.

Plus, while I first started using this with my Mac, I found far more use for it with my iPad Pro instead which made an external charger even more useful.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Multiple outputs on battery including USB-C PD and Qi
  • All-in-one device
  • USB-C hub is useful for Mac or iPad Pro
  • Storage keeps cables and small parts organized
  • Expandable

Cons

  • Apple Pencil magnet isn’t all that useful
  • Can still be a lot of clutter on a desk when all out
  • Storage won’t hold all necessities
  • Battery pack is too big to carry around by itself

Rating: 4 out of 5

Where to buy

The BentoStack PowerHub is now available for preorder from Indiegogo. Exclusive to AppleInsider readers, you can grab it for $95 by hitting this link to get a price less than the publicly available ones.

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Extend your Mac display to another Mac with Luna Display 4.0

 

You can now extend or mirror your main Mac’s screen onto a second Mac as easily as you can with Sidecar and an iPad with Luna Display 4.0.

Extending a single desktop across an iMac and a MacBook Pro. (Photo: Luna Display.)

Extending a single desktop across an iMac and a MacBook Pro. (Photo: Luna Display.)

Before Apple introduced Sidecar in macOS Catalina, firms including Luna Display provided the same ability to use an iPad as a second display. Now the latest version of Luna Display 4.0 lets you do the same thing, but with either an iPad or a spare Mac.

The company calls it Mac-to-Mac-Mode and says that the aim is to make the most out of multiple Apple devices at once.

“Apple has always marketed its products to be standalone, never intended to be used at the same time.” says the firm in a statement. “While you can connect devices through AirDrop, or pick up where you left off in Safari and the Messages app, the idea remains the same: it is all about picking up one product, and setting the other down.”

“Where we differ from Apple is that, instead of limiting ourselves to using each product individually, we see the potential that comes from a combination of products that is greater than the sum of its parts,” it continues.

Apple’s Sidecar requires macOS Catalina to work with an iPad, but is also limited to certain newer Macs. Luna Display 4.0 brings the feature to older models, with the main Mac needing 2015’s macOS El Capitan or later.

The secondary Mac, the one used as an extra display, can be running an even older OS, going back to 2012’s macOS Mountain Lion.

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Luna Display is a combination of a hardware and software product. The hardware aspect is a dongle that you plug into the main Mac, and comes in versions for either USB-C or Mini DisplayPort.

The software element is an app that must be run on both machines. Luna Display works only wirelessly, and the two devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Luna Display costs $69 direct from the developer, and there is a launch discount of 25%.

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Gray Logitech Crayon goes on sale alongside red original

 

Logitech has launched a second color variant of the Crayon, the peripheral producer’s alternative to the Apple Pencil, with a new gray version of the stylus now being sold from Apple via the online Apple Store.

An update to the Apple Store reveals a secondary option for the Logitech Crayon. While the aluminum body and white tip remain the same as the original, the red accents at both ends of the stylus have been replaced for gray versions, making it more appealing to those who want a more professional-looking accessory for their iPad or iPad Pro.

While the color is new, the price remains the same, with the Apple Store selling the Logitech Crayon for $69.95.

Introduced as a cheaper option for education customers than the Apple Pencil in March 2018 before becoming available to the general public, the Logitech Crayon offers practically most of the functionality as the Apple-produced counterpart, but at a cheaper price than the $99 Apple Pencil.

Logitech’s version provides the same writing experience, pairing, and drawing capabilities as the Apple Pencil, as well as a seven-hour battery life. The only real difference is the Crayon’s lack of pressure sensitivity, which may affect the usage of some drawing-related apps.

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CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock cuts confusion with expanded compatibility

 

The new CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock offers maximum compatibility with both Thunderbolt 3 and the various flavors of USB-C, making it a good choice for Mac and iPad Pro users.

USB C Pro Dock

CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock is one of the first Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market that supports both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 type C laptops. Most Thunderbolt 3 devices, including docks, have typically only been compatible with Thunderbolt 3 Laptops. By making this dock compatible with both, it eliminates the confusion caused by USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 using the same Type-C connector.

When the Pro Dock is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 laptop it becomes a full Thunderbolt 3 40 gigabit per second dock, and when connected to a USB-C laptop it becomes a USB-C 10 Gigabit per second dock.

It can help charge a laptop with 85 watts of charging power, provided your laptop allows for USB-C charging. A Thunderbolt 3 computer can support dual 4K monitors with this dock, and a USB-C computer can support dual 1080p monitors.

Dock on green background

Additionally, as it supports USB-C, it can upgrade an iPad Pro into a full workstation with support for a 4K monitor, hard drives, a keyboard and mouse.

The Pro Dock also features a 3.5mm combination audio in/out port, three USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an SD card reader to help minimize the need for adapters around your workspace.

The CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock retails for $199.99 and is available from Amazon with a special deal to get $30 off the retail price.

AppleInsider will be reviewing the dock in the weeks to come.

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Review: The 10.2-inch iPad is more of the same, and that’s not a bad thing

Almost a footnote to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple announced the new seventh generation 10.2-inch iPad for 2019 at its “By innovation only” event. The new iPad isn’t revelatory, and is an enlargement of an iteration that Apple delivered in 2018 with the education-focused sixth-generation iPad.

The new 7th-generation iPad

The new 7th-generation iPad

Right off the top, the seventh generation has the same build quality, solidity, and ease of use as the previous generations.

Just like it was over a year ago after Apple’s spring 2018 event, AppleInsider telling you about an iPad and what it can do for you is a waste of time. The odds are pretty good you’re reading this review on one.

Instead, we’re going to look at what sets the new iPad apart from older gear.

What’s the same?

Non-laminated display

Based on what we’ve been hearing from users, the biggest complaints about the iPad are the re-use of the A10 processor that Apple used for the sixth-generation iPad and the non-laminated screen.

For the screen, every other generation of iPad plus the iPad Air used a non-laminated screen, so upgraders from a very old iPad or even the fifth generation from two and a half years ago will have the same screen that they’ve always had. They’ll have a better one if they’re coming from the original non-retina iPad or the immensely popular iPad 2.

The iPad still has a non-laminated display

The iPad still has a non-laminated display

Apple decided in 2017 to use the non-laminated screen going forward with the lower-end of the product line, and 2019 is no different. The slimming laminated display is on the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini —all more expensive than the seventh generation iPad.

Given the educational focus of the seventh generation iPad, there is clearly an advantage to the non-laminated screen from a service standpoint. If the glass breaks on the new iPad, it no longer necessitates a multi-hundred-dollar whole-screen replacement.

There were complaints in 2017, carried forward to 2019, that the lack of a laminated screen detaches users from the interface. We aren’t going to deny that the laminated screen is nicer, but from an operational standpoint, the non-laminated screen induces no lag or delay in user input —nor has it ever.

Also as with the 2018 iPad, the display is not a Wide Color with True Tone display, like in the iPad Pro, nor should anyone have ever expected it to be. However, color fidelity is the same as the iPad has always had, prior to Apple’s enhancements for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

A10 processor

In regards to the A10 processor, Apple told us while demoing the unit that it not just twice as fast as competing PC laptops, but also twice the speed the previous sixth-generation iPad. Even when pressed about it, they repeated this refrain about the difference between the sixth generation iPad and the seventh several times, very specifically. We were very skeptical of this claim.

The 7th-gen iPad gets a 697 and 1397 in the Geekbench 5 test

The 7th-gen iPad gets a 697 and 1397 in the Geekbench 5 test

Turns out we were right to be so, despite the new iPad having more application RAM. In Geekbench 5.0 testing, the new iPad got a single-core score of 697 and a multi-core 1397. The sixth-generation delivers 692 and 1367. That’s no difference at all, so why they repeated this mantra isn’t at all clear to us. We’ll chalk it up to confused and revised marketing messages not getting promulgated correctly on the floor.

There’s another implication of the A10 used in this iPad, and the A9 used in the fifth-generation iPad, though. Apple likes supporting an A-series processor in iOS for five years since the release of a product that last used it.

So, in this case, that means that A9 devices like the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s, and A10 devices like the iPhone 7 are likely going to be supported for a long time —two more years at least on the former, and now five more years for the iPhone 7.

Apple Pencil support

Responsiveness from the first generation Apple Pencil on the seventh generation iPad is about the same as it is on the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro —meaning pretty great. Our artists that we tapped to test it out still liked it just a hair better on the 2017 iPad Pro lineup, and far more than any Android equivalent that they had tried to that point.

First-generation Apple Pencil support

First-generation Apple Pencil support

But, they preferred the second-generation Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro to the first generation. Even with the adapter included with the Apple Pencil, charging the stylus is awkward, and much more refined on the new Apple Pencil.

Two speakers

Charitably, iPad speakers are adequate. Physics applies here, and the iPad simply lacks room for large speaker chambers. The 2019 iPad has two speakers, like last year’s model —with the iPad Pro having four.

7th-gen iPad speakers

7th-gen iPad speakers

To test the speakers, we again did a blind test with 10 participants of varying ages. Without telling the participants which hardware they were listening to, we played back an assortment of tracks on an iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the 2019 iPad including audio books purchased from iTunes. The tracks we used were streamed from Apple Music.

Out of our 10 testers, at three feet, three identified the four speaker iPad Pro as having better quality, with the remainder calling the difference too close to tell between the four-speaker iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, and the 2018 iPad. At eight feet, none of our testers could tell the difference.

Connectivity

The connectivity suite remains the same. Bluetooth is still version 4,2, Wi-Fi is still 802.11ac, and the wired connector is still Lightning.

In the real world, we’re not seeing any faster web page loads than we did with the sixth-generation iPad. This is as much a testament to that device from 2017, as it is a comment on the seventh generation iPad.

Cameras

We’re only making a slight nod in this direction. The cameras are identical to those on the fifth generation iPad, and are functional. They aren’t nearly as good as the cameras on even the iPhone 6 —but they aren’t intended to be.

7th-gen iPad camera

7th-gen iPad camera

Picture quality between the 2018 iPad, the 2017 iPad, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the first generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the iPad Air 2 are essentially indistinguishable.

What’s different

Screen resolution

The stand-out feature of the seventh generation iPad is the larger 10.2-inch screen. The new display has a resolution of 2160×1620 pixels at 264 pixels per inch. In our testing, we got a brightness of about 482 nits on the seventh generation unit.

Multitasking is better with a bigger screen and iPadOS

Multitasking is better with a bigger screen and iPadOS

The sixth generation iPad from 2018 has the same pixels per inch, giving it a 2048×1546 resolution, with about the same brightness as the new model.

The new iPad Pro models deliver the same pixels per inch, but more brightness. Our 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2018 delivered about 584 nits, in a Wide Color with True Tone display —which the seventh generation does not have.

Dimensions

With that larger screen, comes a bigger iPad enclosure.The new unit is 250.6m tall, 174.1mm wide, and 7.5 mm thick. It weighs 483 grams with Wi-Fi only, and the LTE model weighs 493 grams. For comparison, the 2018 iPad is 240mm tall, 169.5mm wide, has a thickness of 7.5mm, and weighs 469 grams with Wi-Fi and 478 grams with LTE.

To keep this all in perspective the original iPad was 242.8mm tall, 189.7mm wide, 13.4mm thick, and came in at 680 grams.

Smart connector

The seventh generation 10.2-inch iPad is the first entry-level model to support the Smart Connector. That also means that it can use Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the first time.

7th-gen iPad Smart Connector

7th-gen iPad Smart Connector

To us, the Smart Connector is potential unrealized. When it debuted on the iPad Pro line, we envisioned a large variety of peripherals and use cases for the connector, but so far, none of these have materialized, and we’re not seeing many signs of this improving.

Repetita iuvant

The new iPad repeats nearly every cue, and follows very closely in the footsteps of the the 2017 and 2018 iPad in all but screen size. All three are the closest thing we’ve seen from Apple that approaches the lower end of the tablet market.

Again, the new iPad isn’t going to revolutionize education any more than the technology as a whole may or may not have already. It still isn’t cheap enough to really draw in administrators already dealing with tight education budgets, but more importantly, it isn’t making educational content any cheaper.

2019 7th-gen iPad

2019 7th-gen iPad

Also again, despite Apple’s educational focus, the seventh iPad still excels and is aimed at people with older iPads, in an effort to convince them to get a new device. The 2018 sixth generation iPad is an inexpensive entry-level device, that keeps on hitting the target that it zeroed in on more than two years ago with the fifth generation iPad.

If you have the iPad Air 2 or older, or the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and are looking to upgrade, the 2018 sixth generation iPad is unquestionably a good buy. Realize, though, that if you have the iPad Air 2 or that first generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro, you’ll lose the laminated display —but the better performance may be worth it.

But, if you have the fifth generation iPad, and certainly the sixth generation, there may not be enough here to upgrade unless you really want that bigger screen. Had Apple shifted to the A11 processor, this would be a different conversation, though.

Like early last year, those looking for Apple’s mightiest iPad regardless of cost just need to sit this one out.

Score: 4 out of 5

Deals on Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad

Instant discounts on Apple’s new 2019 iPad are already available, with Amazon knocking $30 off 128GB Wi-Fi models at press time.

For the latest deals and product availability, be sure to check out the AppleInsider 10.2-inch iPad Price Guide, which is updated daily.

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These are the best iPad deals heading into October

 

With holiday travel fast approaching and college students knee deep in the fall semester, Apple’s portable iPad is a versatile solution — lightweight enough to toss into a backpack, while still powerful enough for taking notes when seconds count. We’ve rounded up the best iPad deals going on now, with savings of up to $200 off.

Best iPad deals

Best iPad deals

Whether you’re in the market for Apple’s budget-friendly 10.2-inch iPad that just hit store shelves, or are looking for the lowest price on a robust iPad Pro to pair with the Apple Pencil 2, there’s a deal on nearly every model.

We’ve rounded up our top picks below, but for the latest promotions and sale prices, be sure to check out the AppleInsider iPad Price Guide.

Brand-new 2019 iPad (7th generation) on sale

2019 iPad Air deals

Closeout 9.7-inch iPad savings

11-inch iPad Pro deals

12.9-inch iPad Pros (Late 2018)

Closeout 10.5-inch iPad Pro bargains

iPad mini 5 deals

Exclusive iPad mini 4 deals

Additional Apple Deals

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running a handful of additional exclusive savings this month on Apple hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in cash discounts on AppleCare and accessories. These deals are as follows:

Interested in additional Apple hardware? See if there is a Mac, iPad or Apple Watch deal that will save you $100s by checking out prices.appleinsider.com.

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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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Rumor: iPad Pro with triple-lens camera, iPad with dual-lens shooter to launch in October

 

An unconfirmed rumor out of China this week claims Apple plans to debut new iPad Pro and iPad variants in October, both of which will move from single-lens rear cameras to multi-sensor arrays.

Citing a Chinese supply chain source, Mac Otakara on Saturday reports Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro could adopt a triple-lens camera array, while a 10.2-inch entry-level iPad might benefit from a dual-sensor solution similar to iPhone XS.

Both models are rumored to launch in October, the person said.

AppleInsider was unable to confirm the veracity of Mac Otakara’s claims.

The Japanese publication has a decent track record in predicting Apple’s hardware moves, often gleaning information from third-party case makers made privy to leaked schematics in the months prior to a major product unveiling.

As for the triple- and dual-lens iPads, Mac Otakara’s source said diagrams of related accessories are currently “floating around.” Whether the devices in question are official Apple products or third-party add-ons is unknown.

Adopting multi-sensor rear-facing cameras in two new iPads would be an unprecedented move for Apple, as the company has yet to migrate dual-lens shooters to its tablet line despite first integrating the technology in 2016’s iPhone 7 Plus. The setup, which incorporates a wide-angle and “telephoto” lens, was later used in 2017’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, and last year’s iPhone XS and XS Max.

In February, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted an iPad mini refresh and said he expected the existing 9.7-inch iPad, last updated in March 2018, to gain a 10.2-inch LCD screen. Apple subsequently released a revamped iPad mini in March alongside a new 10.5-inch iPad Air, the latter of which effectively usurped the second-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Apple’s iPad Pro has not been updated since the line received a massive redesign with a full-face display and Face ID in October 2018, while the most recent 9.7-inch iPad variant saw release in March 2018. Both models are due for a refresh.

If today’s rumor is true, Apple’s iPad Pro and iPad lines will sport camera technology commensurate to that of their iPhone contemporaries for the first time. This year’s top-end iPhone, anticipated to launch in September, is widely rumored to benefit from a triple-sensor camera design boasting a new super-wide angle lens.