Engaged since 2010 in a chassis offering the screen only a diagonal of 9.7 inches, the new iPad bombs the chest and passes the symbolic bar of 10 inches.
Many suspected that this edition of the Apple Keynote dedicated to the new iPhone could be the subject of a " one more thing " unexpected. The seventh-generation iPad has finally been an amuse-bouche, and marks less a revolution than a shy upgrade.
The iPad is recovering to the taste of the day
Hard not to have the impression that Apple has abandoned its entry-level tablet for the benefit of the iPad Pro. Just see the largesse to which it is entitled to be convinced: borderless screen, Face ID, screen 120 Hz, USB-C and so on … The firm seems nevertheless to have realized its through, and offers the classic iPad a new generation beneficial.
The design of the iPad 7 remains unchanged despite a diagonal screen more generous. © Apple
Apple, however, disappointed by not opening a new design for its entry-level tablet. We find again the same chassis as the iPad Air, released in 2013. The diagonal, however, progresses slightly and goes from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches.
A growth spurt that should not change much, but which is accompanied by some small additions welcome. The screen, always him, is particularly announced as offering a wider viewing angle. Like the last iteration of the iPad Air, it is also compatible with Apple Pencil (first generation) but does not have a display frequency of 120 Hz unlike the iPad Pro.
The iPad becomes compatible with the Smart Connector and the Apple Pencil. © Apple
The seventh-generation iPad has a Smart Connector for the first time to connect a Smart Keyboard. In the end, the iPad is more versatile than ever; even if Apple did not deign to give a polish to the performance of his slate.
This is a shame for a new generation device: the iPad 7 (let's call it that) embeds the exact same chip as its predecessor. Apple's new tablet will continue to run under A10 Fusion, who is seriously beginning to accuse his three years.
No offense, the tablet will take full advantage of iPadOS; the new version of the operating system clearly pulling up the capabilities of Apple's slate.
Finally, it is not without pride that Apple has announced that its iPad 7 is the first to be completely made from recycled aluminum. It will be available on 30 September from 369 €.