Just got your iPad 9 delivered to your doorstep? Planning on buying one soon, you say… Either case, you’ll want to watch our hands-on video walkthrough packed with useful tips and tricks for getting started with Apple’s ninth-generation iPad.
Video: iPad 9 tips and tricks for getting started
Apple unveiled the ninth-generation iPad (model year 2021) — affectionally dubbed the budget iPad due to its affordable price of just $329 — at the company’s pre-taped product presentation broadcast on September 14, 2021.
The ninth-generation iPad has plenty of elements that will be familiar to owners of Apple’s other tablets. If you take a look at the official technical specifications for iPad 9, for instance, you’ll realize the device rocks the same display size, the same physical Home button and the same overall design as its predecessor.
So what’s changed then, you may ask yourself.
What’s new with the budget iPad in 2021?
Well, there’s Apple’s much faster A13 Bionic chip under the hood providing this iPad with enough oomph to run the latest apps and games. Of course, Apple made a few other key changes to this tablet, but first be sure to watch the hands-on video walkthrough, embedded above, from iDB’s videographer Harris Craycraft.
The front camera on iPad 9 uses a twelve-megapixel sensor and comes with an ultra-wide field of view spanning 122 degrees. It lets the new iPad use the Center Stage feature that leverages AI-powered cropping to keep everyone in the frame during FaceTime video calls. Read: These 15 new features in iOS 15 are worth checking out
iPad 9 supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. It also features True Tone technology that matches the display’s color temperature to your ambient lighting. But if you’d like the cellular version instead of the Wi-Fi-only model, keep in mind that iPad 9 is limited to LTE.
The new iPad 9 starts at $329 for the baseline version with 64 gigabytes of storage. You can order yours from Apple.com, authorized resellers and online sellers like Amazon.