At the Apple event, currently ongoing, Apple just announced the latest version of its most popular tablet: the standard iPad. This new model is the ninth generation of the iPad that was first showcased in the year 2010, and it features a new processor called the A13 Bionic. Additionally, there’s a new 12MP front camera that supports the Center Stage feature that debuted with the iPad Pro last year.
The new iPad uses machine learning to automatically detect people in the frame, panning and zooming to keep them in view during FaceTime calls. The feature recognizes when other people join or exit a call, adjusting the camera position to fit everyone in. The rest of the 9th Gen iPad will look very familiar to anyone who has been familiar with an iPad in the last few years, complete with the same home button, bezels, single rear camera, and Lightning port we’ve seen before.
Apple says the new processor is 20 percent faster than the one in the outgoing model. The 10.2-inch display is the same size and resolution as before, but it now supports the True Tone feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s color temperature to ambient lighting. Apple claims the new iPad is up to three times faster than the top-selling Chromebook and six times faster than the top-selling Android tablets.
The latest iPad will ship using the iPadOS 15, which was announced earlier this year and includes enhancements to the iPad’s home screen, app organization, and multitasking features. The base-model iPad is the one most people gravitate toward, as it’s the most economical model in the lineup.
This year, Apple has kept the $329 price the same the base storage was expanded to 64GB. The new iPad is also compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil and the Apple Smart Keyboard. The new iPad can be ordered starting from today, September 14th, with deliveries expected for next week or so, it will be available in colors ranging from silver or space gray.