táo bị cắn dở has a new ipad tablet in town & it’s the most affordable ‘full size’ tablet the company has ever produced. Unfortunately it also resides in one of Apple’s most confusing product families making it harder than it should be to lớn understand which model of ipad tablet is best for you.

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So let’s break down what the tablet táo bị cắn dở simply named ‘iPad’ brings lớn the table & how it compares to lớn both the range it replaces (the máy tính bảng ipad Air) and its smaller (iPad Mini) & more expensive (iPad Pro) stablemates…

Size - Familiar, But Fatter

The most obvious point of comparison for the new máy tính bảng ipad is the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 which is being discontinued with the launch of the new 9.7-inch ‘iPad’:

ipad tablet 9.7 (2017): 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 in) và 469 / 478g (1.03 / 1.05lbs) for cellular/non-cellular máy tính bảng ipad Air 2, ipad Pro 9.7: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches) and 444 / 437g (0.98 / 0.96lbs) for cellular/non-cellular ipad Pro 12.9: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm (12 x 8.86 x 0.27 inches) & 713 / 729g (1.57 / 1.59lbs) for cellular/non-cellular ipad tablet mini 4: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm (8 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches) & 298.8 / 304g (0.65 / 0.67lbs) for cellular/non-cellular

Perhaps the most surprising stat here is that the máy tính bảng ipad (2017) is notably wider and heavier than the 2014-released máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 và (2016) máy tính bảng ipad Pro 9.7 which is disappointing. Apple gave no reason for this and there is no obvious explanation (at least until someone is able to lớn crack mở cửa the new model and see if any specific components have changed).

Aside from the weight gain, the new máy tính bảng ipad looks almost identical to the ipad tablet Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7. Lưu ý that like the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2, the new máy tính bảng ipad has dual external speakers rather than the powerful quad arrangement seen in the máy tính bảng ipad Pro models.

Displays - Sharp, Bright, Reflective

Moving onto the display you’ll notice that at first glance all 9.7-inch models look identical:

máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 (2017), máy tính bảng ipad Air 2, ipad tablet Pro 9.7: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display, 2732‑by‑2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), oleophobic coating ipad tablet Pro 12.9: 12.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display, 2732‑by‑2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), oleophobic coating máy tính bảng ipad Mini 4: 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display, 2048‑by‑1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi), oleophobic coating

That said, the new ipad tablet does feature a downgrade compared khổng lồ all other máy tính bảng ipad models: táo bị cắn dở has removed the anti-reflective display coating. This will be annoying if you regularly work under bright lights or outdoors and for some that will make it a khuyến mãi breaker.

Less surprisingly, the new ipad also misses out on True Tone display seen in the premium ipad Pros. True tone measures the trắng balance of the display so that colours look correct no matter the lighting environment. Given the new ipad tablet is budget friendly (more later) I’d argue this is a less significant omission than anti-reflective coating và Apple does say it has increased contrast & colour compared to the older ipad tablet Air 2.

Separately it is worth noting that 3 chiều Touch, the pressure sensitive screen công nghệ seen on flagship iPhones, is still absent from all ipad tablet models. Though I’d expect the next generation of ipad tablet Pro models to add this if táo khuyết wants lớn warm the lukewarm response touch 3d has had so far.

Performance - A Speedy Step Back In Time

The next place you’ll find some cost cutting in the new máy tính bảng ipad is its horsepower:

ipad tablet 9.7 (2017): hãng apple A9 with dual-core 1.84 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR GT7600 (six-core) GPU, 2GB of RAM máy tính bảng ipad Air 2: táo A8X with Triple-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon CPU và PowerVR GXA6850 (octa-core graphics) CPU, 2GB of RAM máy tính bảng ipad Pro 9.7: táo A9X with dual-core 2.16 GHz (Twister) CPU và PowerVR Series 7 (12-core) GPU, 2GB of RAM máy tính bảng ipad Pro 12.9: hãng apple A9X with dual-core 2.26 GHz (Twister) CPU & PowerVR Series 7 (12-core) GPU, 4GB of RAM ipad mini 4: A8 second-generation cpu with 64-bit architecture, CPU: 1.3x faster, Graphics: 1.6x faster compared khổng lồ A7, M8 motion coprocessor

While the new ipad moves a generation on from the ageing (2014) A8 and A8X chipsets found in the máy tính bảng ipad Mini 4 & iPad Air 2 respectively, táo khuyết has still fitted it with a chipset from 2015. The A9 is found inside the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus và the new ipad tablet has a significantly higher native resolution lớn drive than either of these smartphones.

I suspect táo found itself in a dilemma here. It couldn’t fit a newer processor in the máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 given it has yet khổng lồ update the 2015 A9X inside the significantly more expensive ipad Pros. As such while the A9 remains a speedy chip, the ipad 9.7 is not a mã sản phẩm power users should buy.

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Cameras - Functional Rear, Flimsy Front

Apple has something of a split personality when its comes khổng lồ camera technology. The company is determined to lớn push its iPhones lớn their very peak (even if the Google px and Galaxy S7 recently stole their thunder), but iPads are always fitted with much older camera modules & this remains the case with the máy tính bảng ipad 9.7:

máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 (2017), ipad Air 2, ipad Mini 4 và iPad Pro 12.9 - rear: 8MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p video, no OIS. Front: 1.2MP, f2.2 aperture, 720p video, no OIS máy tính bảng ipad Pro 9.7 - rear: 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 4K video recording, no OIS. Front: 5MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p clip recording, no OIS

Yes, the 2017 ipad tablet 9.7, 2014 iPad Air 2 and 2015 iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 12.9 all use the same optics which come from the 2013 iPhone 5S. This means no 4K video clip recording, no optical image stabilisation (OIS) và the front 1.2MP camera is really only good for basic đoạn phim conversations. These are not selfie friendly iPads.

The good news is the rear camera is still a fairly competent snapper in good light, but four years remains a long time khổng lồ recycle camera technology & I can’t help but feel táo bị cắn should have given us something newer here. Again the fact the premium ipad Pro 12.9 uses this technology probably stopped táo bị cắn dở from upgrading the new iPad.

The standout shooter in the ipad tablet range is the năm nhâm thìn iPad Pro 9.7 which has front and rear modules taken from the iPhone 6S. This still doesn’t bring OIS but it does deliver significantly better photos, especially from the front camera. But be careful because máy tính bảng ipad Pros are due an nâng cấp soon.

Battery Life - 10s All Round

One of the great strengths of the ipad range is its stamina and while that hasn’t changed in many years, the máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 keeps its over up by also toting a familiar 10 hour battery life (9 hours using cellular).

There are no other flourishes like fast charging (though an ipad charger will increase the tốc độ an iPhone charges) or wireless charging, but the aim of an máy tính bảng ipad is you shouldn’t need lớn charge it often in any case.

Capacity và Price - Good và Bad News

If you’ve been reading this article & wondering why the máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 has a number of compromises, then here is the answer: it’s the cheapest máy tính bảng ipad in the range:

The ipad tablet Air 2 is not featured because hãng apple has ended the Air range with the launch of the new iPad. But you can find some decent second hand bargains around if that’s the model you want.

Ultimately ending the Air simplifies Apple’s branding to lớn iPad, ipad tablet Mini và iPad Pro và I suspect the Mini range could also be on the chopping block as it hasn’t featured any significant upgrades since the ipad tablet Mini 2 in 2013. ‘iPad’ & ‘iPad Pro’ lines would give Apple’s tablets a clarity they have lacked for a long time.

The other option to lớn consider is whether you want a WiFI-only or Cellular model. Personally I’m happy tethering tablets và laptops to điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh as it saves the complication of multiple carrier contracts, you’ll get a lighter iPad & the $130 you save can be put towards upgrading your phone’s data allowance.

Early Verdict

Simply put: the new ipad 9.7 is not the most exciting tablet táo bị cắn has ever released. It’s essentially a cheaper, (surprisingly) fatter version of the ipad tablet Air 2 with a slightly faster chipset và no anti-reflective screen coating. But the máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 is cheap.

Furthermore it is the only ipad tablet I would consider buying at this time. Táo khuyết is likely lớn upgrade the ipad tablet Pro 9.7 and iPad Pro 12.9 in the very near future và the máy tính bảng ipad Mini range looks set lớn be retired alongside the máy tính bảng ipad Air when this happens.

If you’re in the market for a productivity machine then a budget Windows or Chrome OS máy tính xách tay (you’ll get better performance from the latter at this price point) is the way to go. But if you have your heart mix on an affordable tablet then I’d strongly suggest you save up for the new máy tính bảng ipad 9.7 rather than an app android tablet where app support remains disappointingly thin on the ground.

Ultimately the ipad 9.7 may not be an exciting tablet but it’s solid, well priced và will get the job done.


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I am an experienced freelance giải pháp công nghệ journalist. I have written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews, The Guardian và the bbc in addition to lớn healthforinsure.com. I began in b2b print journalism covering tech companies at the height of the dot com boom and switched to lớn covering consumer giải pháp công nghệ as the iPod began to lớn take off. A career highlight for me was being a founding member of TrustedReviews. It started in 2003 & we were repeatedly told websites could not compete with print! Within four years we were purchased by IPC media (Time Warner"s publishing division) to lớn become its flagship tech title. What fascinates me are the machinations of technology"s biggest companies. Got a pitch, tip or leak? liên hệ me on my professional Facebook page. I don"t bite.

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