The latest Apple iPad won't shock or surprise too many people these days, however, that isn't a bad thing. For nearly a decade now the iPad series of tablets has led the pack in power, portability, and performance--leaving competitors like Samsung and Microsoft scrambling to keep up.
There's something quite mysterious about the iPad and its overwhelming success and the amount of trust we place in Apple's products. This particular tablet, dubbed the iPad 9.7 due to its size, isn't a beastly machine. It's not the best media player or e-reader either. However, Apple once again climbs to the top by providing its relentless commitment to premium, that pushes it ahead of the rest.
What truly makes the 2017 update to the iPad is how it seamlessly integrates all the functions a tablet is capable of doing without any hiccups or stutters. The tablet boasts reliable, consistent performance and a downright enjoyable experience. Simply put: it works. Really, really, well.
Thanks to its lower starting price, this is a great first iPad for someone new to the brand, or an opportunity to update from an older model that doesn't support the latest iOS updates.
Let's dive into the key features of the iPad.
As far as design is concerned, there's not much to talk about. If you've seen one iPad, you've seen them all. Apple hasn't taken any risks to change the traditional look of the iPad in the past and this year's iteration follows the trend. The iPad 9.7-inch is thicker and marginally heavier than both the iPad Air 2 it essentially replaces and the pricier iPad Pro 9.7-inch, but really unless you have all three side-by-side you're not going to think anything of it. The new iPad 9.7-inch is light enough to hold up while streaming Netflix, and it's barely noticeable when chucked in a bag. The volume rocker, power button, and headphone jack make their return alongside a single speaker (unfortunately), and a lightning port for charging.
The new iPad 9.7-inch is light enough to hold up while streaming Netflix, and it's barely noticeable when chucked in a bag. The volume rocker, power button, and headphone jack make their return alongside a single speaker (unfortunately), and a lightning port for charging.
The specs of the screen are largely iPad-standard: a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixel density of 264ppi. But it misses out on the True Tone color adjustment feature and, anti-reflective coating of the Pro.It's still a decent screen - bright, sharp and colorful - but a small step down from the Pro offering.
The iPad truly shines when we take a look under the surface. The new A9 processor, the same chipset which powers the iPhone 6 series of handsets, comes with 2GB of RAM, enables the system to run smooth and fast. Swiping through menus is responsive, apps load without delay, and the camera snaps and processes photos quickly. Speaking of apps and photos, you have the option of 32GB or 128GB of internal storage to house all the games, books, videos, and apps you want. The bigger 8,610mAh battery also lasts for days, letting you keep doing what you love without waiting to charge.
The iPad runs on the latest iOS 10 software, but rest assured you can expect regular security updates and feature improvements whenever Apple rolls them out, including the long-awaited release of iOS 11. The display lacks the 3D Touch capabilities of its smartphone counterparts, but it's certainly not a deal breaker.