Apple has a recipe for the most popular tablet

How to make the most successful and popular tablet? The recipe is simple, but not every manufacturer will be able to repeat it. You need to take everyone’s favorite classic case, update the hardware for current tasks and add support for all the iPadOS 15 chips. I just took a couple of weeks with the brand new iPad 9th generation and now I’ll tell you about it.

Previously, the iPhone played the role of an entrance to the Apple ecosystem, but now the iPad has taken over this responsibility. He has all the necessary inputs for this: affordable cost, powerful hardware and cool software. Thus, the iPad claims to be the first computer, and for some it will be able to replace it altogether. The device offers the ability to evaluate software and can be a great tool for study or work.

A classic that does not lose its relevance

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Unlike the iPhone, the iPad comes with a 20W power adapter. Externally, the silhouette of the updated tablet has retained its recognizable features and familiar to all of us branded chips. In place is the Home button under the screen, which has been and remains Apple’s calling card. On the right side there are volume control buttons, and the screen lock key is located slightly higher on the upper end. This solution is familiar to the fans of the company at the level of tactile memory.

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Also on the top end there is a 3.5 mm jack for connecting wired headphones. On the left side, in the center, there is a Smart Connector port for connecting additional accessories such as a keyboard case. On the bottom there are stereo speakers and a Lightning connector. Depending on the model, there is a nano-SIM slot at the bottom of the side edge.

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In my opinion, this is what the most affordable iPad should be. Apple has managed to come up with a successful formula for combining design and ergonomics that users love, and can also be used without increasing the cost of the device.

Every time I take a brand new iPad with a Home button out of the box, I have a warm nostalgic feeling that reminds me of the days of the iPhone 3G, iPad 2 (the first one I missed) and the first versions of iPad mini. You feel something similar when you return home after long trips or travels – everything is in its place and works the way you need it.

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The new iPad is available in Silver and Space Gray, which is what I came across. Apple also provides two memory configurations for 64 and 256 GB. In terms of storage capacity, I was of the opinion that the 64 gigabyte version is only suitable for entertainment, such as watching movies and TV shows, reading books, swiping social media feeds, and also a little for games. If you plan to use iPad to the maximum, then you need to unconditionally choose the 256 GB option. So you will not be constrained by the volume of the drive, and this is important in working with content.

The dimensions of the new iPad remained unchanged – 250.6 x 174.1 mm and thickness 7.5 mm. Tablet weight is 487 g.

The display is the face of the iPad

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The new iPad retains its 10.2-inch screen size. It is still an IPS Retina display with a resolution of 2160 × 1620 and a pixel density of 264 ppi. The brightness index is 500 cd / m². There is support for True Tone technology.

The screen has enough capabilities for entertainment, study and work. It is comfortable to read books, watch films and TV series from it. In addition, the display size is great for comfortable gaming.

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It would seem that it was possible to put the screen at 120 Hz, but such a solution would bring an increase in cost, and this is not necessary for a device that acts as an entry point into the ecosystem.

Performance is what you need

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The new iPad uses the A13 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture. It has proven itself in the iPhone 11 and continues to handle all the most pressing tasks. He is quite capable of editing video in iMovie and launching Genshin Impact at maximum speed.

When it comes to gaming, the iPad is actually quite capable. The gameplay can be pumped by connecting PlayStation and Xbox gamepads. And if, for some reason, titles in the App Store and Apple Arcade catalogs become too few for you, you can run Xbox games through the xCloud cloud service, but this requires a Game Pass subscription. By the way, I talked about this in detail here.

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However, the headroom of the A13 Bionic should be enough for at least a few more years. Chip showed that he was ready to take out a heavy load.

For creativity and content management, the new iPad features the Apple Pencil (1st generation). The accessory is indispensable for processing photos, where you need to make point changes and apply correction to individual areas of the image by applying a mask. You can also experiment and try yourself in the role of a digital artist – for this I recommend the application ProCreate.

Speaking of performance in general, I didn’t notice a huge gap between the new iPad and the iPad with an M1 chip in everyday tasks. The difference can only be felt in the visual comparison of graphics in top games. In fairness, it should be noted that the new iPad uses only 3 GB of RAM and at the same time it will give a head start in terms of performance to most competitors on Android with 8 or more gigabytes of RAM.

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As I mentioned above, for some users, the iPad can completely replace a regular computer. All you need to do is connect the Smart Keyboard case. Thus, you can adequately work with the text. To do this, the App Store has a huge selection of applications, starting with Apple’s professional packages iWork and Microsoft Officeending Documents from Google and highly specialized software such as iA Writer or Ulysses.

When it comes to working with text, I prefer to use iA Writer. In my opinion, this is the perfect text editor with sync via iCloud. It has a minimalist look and decent functionality. The application does not distract from writing with an overloaded interface and does not drag unnecessary formatting with it to the admin panel of our site. Concentration mode allows you to focus on the text, discarding all unnecessary things.


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In this section, I will not say much, because I believe that shooting on a tablet is an extremely uncomfortable activity from the point of view of convenience and ergonomics.Therefore, equipping the iPad with some kind of supernatural camera modules, it seems to me, is a senseless increase in cost.

A 12 MP sensor is used as the main camera. It is enough to take an informational snapshot, for example, a synopsis or schedule. Using the iPad camera for something more serious is not practical, since you have an iPhone with the coolest portrait and night modes at your fingertips.

All of the aforementioned theses above are not relevant for a front-end camera, since it must work at a decent level so that there is no shame during Zoom conferences. To do this, the new iPad has a built-in FaceTime HD camera – a 12MP ultra-wide-angle module with a 122 ° viewing angle. One of the biggest improvements is support for Spotlight, which allows you to stay in the frame while you’re in the field of view of the lens.

Autonomy – at the level

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Apple continues to set the tone for the tablet market also with autonomy. This is one of the main advantages of absolutely all iPads, which has gone far beyond Android devices.

Taking into account the active work, the new iPad shows 10-13 hours on a single charge. In the entertainment gadget mode on the bedside table, it is able to maintain battery life for several days.

iPad – top ?!

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Of course, the new iPad is the top device in the tablet category, favored even by Android smartphone fans. It’s not just a combination of successful design, powerful hardware and affordable cost. On the side of the iPad, there is another very important advantage – a huge selection of software in the App Store.

Thus, we came to the conclusion that the basic iPad is suitable for absolutely all users. It is a versatile device for study, work and play, which can be pumped functionally with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

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