Apple has introduced the new iPad (9th generation), featuring the A13 Bionic chip that and its says this is “all while retaining its all-day battery life”.
Starting at $329, the new iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP front camera, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, the intuitive iPadOS 15, and twice the storage of the previous generation.
The new iPad is available to order beginning today on apple.com, and in stores beginning Friday, September 24.
“iPad has never been more essential for working, learning, and communicating, and we’re excited to bring one of the biggest updates ever to our most popular iPad,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the powerful A13 Bionic, more engaging video calls with Center Stage, and double the storage, the new iPad delivers advanced capabilities, versatility, and simplicity at an incredible value.”
More Performance to iPad
The new iPad comes equipped with the A13 Bionic chip, which it says, delivers a 20 per cent performance boost over the previous generation.
This makes the new iPad up to 3x faster than the best-selling Chromebook, and up to a 6x faster than the best-selling Android tablet, the company claims in its press release.
The added performance will allow users to run advanced apps and games on their iPads.
Advanced 12MP Ultra Wide Front Camera with Center Stage
The Center Stage experience on iPad Pro is now available on iPad, enabled by the new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera and Neural Engine. With this, the company says, users can enjoy more engaging video calls. As users move around, “Center Stage automatically pans the camera to keep them in view”.
“When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to include them in the conversation.”
Center Stage makes video calls more natural, claims the company. For both FaceTime as well as third-party video-calling apps.
10.2-inch Display Features True Tone for an Enhanced Viewing Experience
For the first time, True Tone comes to the beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display on iPad. A new, upgraded ambient light sensor enables True Tone, which adjusts screen content to the color temperature of a room. True Tone on the new device makes images appear more natural and provides users with a more comfortable viewing experience in all lighting environments.
Double the Storage to Do More on the Go
The new iPad starts with 64GB of storage — double the storage of the previous generation — offering even more value to iPad users. A 256GB option is also available for users looking to store more apps, games, photos, and videos.
Pricing and availability
The new device is available to order beginning today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including the US, with availability beginning Friday, September 24.
Wi-Fi models of iPad are available with a starting price of $329 (US), and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $459 (US), in silver and space gray finishes. The new iPad starts with 64GB of storage — double the storage of the previous generation. A 256GB option is also available.
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