10.2-inch iPad

10.2-inch iPad

The budget 10.2-inch iPad enters its ninth generation with a slight processor bump, 64GB of base storage, and a True Tone display. This is the last iPad in Apple's lineup with a Lightning port and Home Button.

● 10.2-inch display
● A13 Bionic processor
● Smart Connector for Apple Smart Keyboard
● Support for first-generation Apple Pencil
● 12 MP front-facing camera with Center Stage
● Starts at $329

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Apple announced the ninth-generation 10.2-inch iPad during its "California Streaming" event, where it also revealed the iPhone 13, iPad mini 6, and Apple Watch Series 7. Upgrades were minor, as is usual for the budget tablet, moving to A13 Bionic and True Tone.

This device is less about flashy features and more about what Apple withheld to keep the price down. Despite that, the 10.2-inch iPad still benefits from all the features of iPadOS. It can take advantage of the first-generation Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon, and it works with Apple's Smart Keyboard accessories and third-party keyboards with built-in trackpads.

10.2-inch iPad Features

Apple designed the 10.2-inch iPad as an affordable model that still covers the basics. Despite hardware compromises, its modern chipset, display, and security can make it a desirable device for users wanting an iPad that doesn't break the bank.

This iPad is targeted at students and children, though it can also serve as an entry point for budget-conscious users, including artists. The total price of the 10.2-inch iPad and Apple Pencil is less than an iPad Air 4.

Display and Design

The 10.2-inch iPad is the last one with this aging design The 10.2-inch iPad is the last one with this aging design

The ninth-generation iPad uses the same 10.2-inch screen size we saw in its predecessor. The non-laminated display means content appears further from the surface, so there's a slight gap between the tip and the stroke line when using Apple Pencil.

It has a 2160 x 1620 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. It has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating but lacks features like P3 color gamut and anti-reflective coating found in more expensive iPads.

The tablet measures 250.6mm tall, 174.1mm wide, and 7.5mm thick. It weighs 487 grams for the WiFi model and 498 grams for the cellular variant.

Processor

The most significant upgrade in the ninth-generation iPad is the A13 Bionic processor. The new silicon gives it a decent performance boost over the A12 chip in the eighth-generation iPad. Apple says its GPU is 20% faster than the one found in the previous model.

An upgraded Neural Engine means faster performance for many tasks like asking Siri questions or using the new Live Text feature in iPadOS 15. Many aspects of the operating system rely upon machine learning capabilities, which are driven by the A13.

Apple Pencil Support

The tablet supports the first-generation Apple Pencil The tablet supports the first-generation Apple Pencil

The 10.2-inch iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. When used with the ninth-generation iPad, its responsiveness is roughly the same as on the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 10.2-inch iPad does not support the second-generation Apple Pencil due to requiring the flat sides and conduction charging found in today's higher-end models.

This model's Apple Pencil support means it's the cheapest way to get a powerful drawing tablet. While it lacks some higher-end technologies like P3 color or laminated display tech, this device can still be compelling for digital artists on a budget.

Smart Connector

The Smart Connector works with Apple's Smart Keyboard or third-party accessories The Smart Connector works with Apple's Smart Keyboard or third-party accessories

The ninth-generation 10.2-inch iPad includes the Smart Connector, supporting Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory and third-party keyboards. Very few third-party accessory makers utilize the smart connector, usually opting to connect their accessories via Bluetooth instead.

The budget iPad is the last in Apple's lineup to use the legacy Smart Connector, with newer models opting for magnets and a connector on the back of the device. However, the years of identical case design and Smart Connector location keep old accessories viable, useful for a budget-friendly device.

Other Features

  • The ninth-generation iPad ships in 64GB and 256GB storage tiers
  • Apple offers the tablet in silver and space gray color options
  • The iPad has an 8MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • The front-facing camera supports Center Stage with its 12MP ultra-wide sensor

10.2-inch iPad Pricing

Interested parties can purchase this iPad with or without cellular support. Here is how pricing breaks down:

  • 64GB with WiFi - $329
  • 64GB with WiFi + cellular - $459
  • 256GB with WiFi - $479
  • 256GB with WiFi + cellular - $609
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10.2-inch iPad Prices (Late 2020)

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Configurations                 Discount
Apple Pencil
$99.00  
$99.99
$89.99
$99.00
$99.99
$99.00
$99.00
$89.99
$9.01
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Space Gray
$329.00  
$329.00
$329.00
$329.00
$329.99
$316.00
$329.00
$379.00
$13.00
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Silver
$329.00  
$329.00
$329.00
$329.00
$329.99
$316.00
$329.00
$379.00
$13.00
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Gold
$329.00  
$329.00
$353.40
$329.00
$329.99
$316.00
$329.00
$379.00
$13.00
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Space Gray
$459.00  
$459.00
$529.00
$459.00
$459.99
$439.00
$459.00
$399.00
$60.00
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Silver
$459.00  
$459.00
$488.83
$459.00
$459.99
$439.00
$459.00
$399.00
$60.00
32GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Gold
$459.00  
$459.00
$459.00
$459.00
$459.99
$439.00
$459.99
$459.00
$20.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Space Gray
$429.00  
$429.00
$395.00
$429.00
$429.99
$403.00
$429.00
$399.00
$34.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Silver
$429.00  
$429.00
$433.94
$429.00
$429.99
$403.00
$429.00
$399.00
$30.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) Gold
$429.00  
$429.00
$442.73
$429.00
$429.99
$403.00
$429.00
$399.00
$30.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Space Gray
$559.00  
$559.00
$599.00
$559.00
$559.99
$525.00
$559.00
$559.00
$34.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Silver
$559.00  
$559.00
$555.99
$559.00
$559.99
$525.00
$559.00
$551.00
$34.00
128GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) Gold
$559.00  
$559.00
$599.00
$559.00
$559.99
$525.00
$559.00
$551.00
$34.00
 

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