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Apple debuts ninth-generation iPad with A13 processor for $329

ninth-generation iPad unveiled with A13 processor

The 10.2-inch iPad has been upgraded with the A13 bionic processor, new 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage.

Apple didn't change much about the 10.2-inch iPad for its ninth generation beyond the front-facing camera, True Tone display, and A13 Bionic processor. These upgrades keep the budget iPad up-to-date with more power and better base storage.

The Ultra-Wide lens enables Center Stage, which enables the front-facing camera to follow your face as you move around. This feature was first introduced in the iPad Pro.

The A13 processor is about 20% faster than the A12 processor found in the 8th-generation iPad. This means faster apps, more fluid interface interactions, and a better overall experience.

"iPad has never been more essential for working, learning, and communicating, and we're excited to bring one of the biggest updates ever to our most popular iPad," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With the powerful A13 Bionic, more engaging video calls with Center Stage, and double the storage, the new iPad delivers advanced capabilities, versatility, and simplicity at an incredible value."

The other features remain, retaining its 500 nit non-laminated display. In addition, still supports the first-generation Apple Pencil since it uses Lightning to charge.

The old-fashioned Touch ID sensor is still in use below the display. The 10.2-inch iPad is the last Apple product to use the legacy system.

Use the same accessories for your new iPad
Use the same accessories for your new iPad

The external design is the same, so the 9th-generation iPad will fit old cases and still use the same accessories.

Apple's entry-level iPad targets casual users and the education market, so the price is its most important metric. Each update brings modest changes to keep the iPad modern without breaking the bank.

The price has also remained the same, with the 64GB model starting at $329. Orders begin Tuesday, with units available on Friday.