The 9th generation Apple iPad, also known as the iPad 10.2 (2021) is probably the Cupertino tablet that needs the least introduction. It has been an integral part of the company’s lineup and technically dates back to 2010. Just before any mini, Air or Pro hit the stage, as evidenced by the formidable 9th iteration brand.
Currently, the “vanilla” iPad kind of anchors the iPad series because it is the cheapest available solution, starting from $ 329 for Wi-Fi only version and $ 459 to the LTE model.
The next step up would be the shiny new iPad mini 2021 (6th generation), which starts at $ 499 and has generated quite a bit of excitement with its trendy design, A15 Bionic chipset and optional 5G connectivity, among other things.
Unfortunately, the regular iPad does not have any of that. Apple has not redesigned the iPad since the 7th generation iPad 10.2 (2019). You get essentially the same device for the third year in a row. Sure, it gets an update to the chipset, a new selfie camera, and some screen customizations. However, the design language gets far in the tooth, with huge edges, rounded corners and a home button that is far from the current iPad look.
Then again, you can choose to call the design classic, which to some extent is reasonable. Users also benefit from the lower launch price. The iPad 10.2 (2021) is expected to be the model that less technically savvy users will need, and as such, it is designed and equipped in a less fancy way, providing just enough to meet those needs.
Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) Specifications Overview:
- Body: 250.6×174.1×7.5mm, 487g; Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame; Stylus support (1st generation only).
- Screen: 10.20 “Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits (type), 1620x2160px resolution, 12: 9 aspect ratio, 265ppi.
- Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm +): Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder); Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
- Memory: 64 GB 3 GB RAM, 256 GB 3 GB RAM.
- OS / software: iPadS 15.
- Rear camera: 8 MP, f / 2.4, 31 mm (standard), 1.12 µm, AF.
- Front camera: 12 MP, f / 2.4, 122 degrees (ultra wide).
- Video recording: Rear camera: 1080p @ 25 / 30fps, 720p @ 120fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 25/30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 8557mAh.
- Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (front mounted); 3.5 mm plug; Siri natural language commands and dictation.
So yes, you need to keep your expectations in check. There’s nothing fancy about the iPad 10.2 (2021), and it’s here to be the iPad for the masses – a job that it seems to be well equipped for.
Let’s first see what the iPad 10.2 (2021) comes with. The box itself screams Apple all around — a thick, white, two-piece design with an early airtight friction fit.
On the inside there are neat internal supports and separators for sales transport. Great to see. Even better, it seems that Apple is keeping its “green” promises, at least here, as all the material in the packaging seems to be recyclable.
Our only complaint on that front is that the box appears to be much thicker than necessary, which is not very organic in terms of materials as well as shipping costs. You could call it nitpicking, but as long as there is a dedicated eco-“talk-down” session at each Apple presentation, we will examine every detail.
We are not sure how the inclusion of a charger in the box relates to ecological messages and concerns, but we are happy to see one. It is a Power Delivery device with a Type-C end port on it, rated for 20W power at either 5V @ 3A or [email protected] Not too shabby. Next to it – a standard, white, rather short Type -C to Lightning cable.