Apple just introduced a new 10th-generation iPad last month, which is currently on sale for $50 off. However, it’s still not as cheap as the 9th-gen model, which Apple has now priced at a new all-time low: $270.
The 2021 iPad, also known as the 9th generation iPad or 10.2-inch iPad, is Apple’s entry-level tablet. It has 64GB of internal storage, a 10.2-inch screen, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), an 8MP rear camera, a 12MP front camera, and stereo speakers. Just like the iPhone SE, it has a physical home button that houses the Touch ID sensor for biometric authentication. The iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip, which was also used in the iPhone 11 and the second-generation iPhone SE.
2021 Apple iPad 10.2 (9th Gen)
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Since this is the cheapest iPad currently sold by Apple, there are a few downsides. Perhaps most annoying is the connector — this model uses a Lightning connector for charging and data transfer instead of the USB Type-C connector found on newer iPads, Macs, and many other devices. That might not be a big deal if you’re stuck in the iPhone ecosystem since iPhones share the same port, but it does make interoperability with other devices more annoying. This model also only supports the first generation Apple Pencil.
If you can handle the Lightning connector and other limitations, the 10.2-inch iPad is still an excellent tablet for web browsing, media streaming, gaming, and productivity work. There’s still a rich ecosystem of cases, keyboards, and other accessories, including Apple’s own Smart keyboard and Apple Pencil. The tablet will likely continue to receive iPadOS updates for a few more years – this is the 9th gen, and this year’s iPadOS 16 update still supports the 5th gen model.
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