Without making a whole lot of changes to the 6th-gen iPad, Apple announced the 7th generation iPad 10.2 earlier this week. It gets a display that is a tad larger at 10.2 inches and gains a Smart Connector for magnetically attaching Apple’s keyboard cover. It will ship with iPadOS preinstalled later this month. Here are all the details of Apple’s cheapest tablet including its detailed specifications, prices, availability details, and some of its alternatives.
Read: Our Apple iPad 7 Review
- Smart Connector for keyboard
- 10.2-inch Retina display
- A10 Fusion chip
- Preinstalled iPadOS
- Apple Pencil (1st gen) support
- Optional 4G LTE connectivity
- 10-hour battery life
Apple iPad 10.2: The Basics
One of the biggest updates this year’s baseline iPad got was a bump in its display size. The 7th-gen iPad now packs a 10.2-inch display with its resolution also increased in the same proportion to maintain the Retina moniker. It is still not fully laminated but comes with a peak brightness of 500 nits. Apple also maintained the support for the 1st-gen Apple Pencil that charges by latching on to the tablet’s Lightning port, which has still, unfortunately, remained.
Among a host of things that remained unchanged, the iPad 10.2 borrows the A10 Fusion chip from its predecessor. Not much has changed in the RAM and storage departments as well. You can get this slate with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 128GB of internal memory with no expansion possibility in the typical Apple fashion. Its rear houses an 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture while there is a meager 1.2MP sensor on the front.
Much like all other iPad models, except the tiniest one, this year’s entry-level iPad now also ships with a Smart Connector on one of its sides. It lets you connect the Smart Keyboard from Apple to start typing when on the go. It will come preinstalled with iPadOS that packs a host of features and improvements. While the updated Safari app lets your open websites in their desktop form, the new file manager app allows accessing files from external storage devices, including USB drives.
|Tablet||Apple iPad 10.2 (7th Gen)|
|Display||10.2-inch IPS LCD (2160 x 1620)|
|Processor||Quad-core Apple A10 Fusion|
|Graphics||PowerVR Series7XT Plus|
|Main camera||8 Megapixels|
|Front camera||1.2 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Optional 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|Ports||Lightning port, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours|
|Security||Front-facing Touch ID|
|Dimensions||250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm|
Availability & Pricing
As previously said, the Apple iPad 7 will be available in two storage options—32GB and 128GB—with Space Gray, Silver, and Gold color options. The base Wi-Fi-only model with 32GB storage is priced at $329 while the 128GB variant costs $429. You will need to shell out $459 for the cellular model with 32GB storage with the 128GB variant costing $559. Pre-orders for the device are already up in certain markets and Apple is expected to start shipping the iPad from September 30.
Apple iPad 10.2 Alternatives
Since not much has changed from the last-gen model, you can still go for the Apple iPad 2018 (review) and save tens of dollars in the process. For the people looking for a better performing device but don’t mind a smaller size, the 2019 Apple iPad Mini (review) is an excellent device and it costs just a tad more at $399.
On the Android side, you can get hold of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (review) that is priced slightly higher but deploys a much superior AMOLED display with a QHD resolution. If you want to save some cash, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 (review) is a great device for being used as an entertainment screen.
- Bright display
- Solid performance
- Full metal body
- iPadOS with great multitasking
- Apple Pencil support
- Official keyboard cover support
- Long battery life
- Integrated fingerprint scanner
- Old design
- Display not laminated
- No stereo separation
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