5 main updates on iPad 9th Generation: Specs, Features, and Price

The iPad 9th generation has launched. In this post, you will know the main updates, specs, prices, and other information about iPad 10.2 (2021)


By Dylan / Updated on February 24, 2023

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Apple today released the most popular new iPad model (the 9th generation), equipped with the powerful A13 Bionic chip that delivers enhanced performance and features while maintaining good all-day battery life. The new iPad starts at only $329.

Ipad 2021

The new iPad still has a 10.2-inch retina display with True Tone feature and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle front camera that supports Center Stage. It supports the first-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, iPadOS 15, and twice the storage capacity of the previous generation. 

5 main updates about Apple iPad 9th generation

Some people think the new iPad 10.2 (2021) has modest updates. But it also comes with some attractive things, like A13 Bonic silicon, amazing camera providing Center Stage, and so on.  Next, we would like to guide you through the main new features of the new Apple iPad 2021.

The new brain-A13 Bionic chip

The new iPad comes with the A13 Bionic chip, which improves the iPad performance. Apple claims that the new brain brings 20% faster performance than the previous generation. And it also makes the iPad stay ahead of the competition. The new iPad is up to 3 times faster than the best-selling Chromebook, and up to 6 times faster than the best-selling Android tablet.

These performance enhancements allow users to run advanced apps and games smoothly on this affordable iPad. The neural network engine integrated within the A13 Bionic chip also provides more powerful machine learning capabilities such as the Live Text feature available in iPadOS 15, which recognizes text in photos for user action through smart technology on the device side.

Center stage

Thanks to the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide front-facing camera and neural network engine, the new iPad also offers the Center Stage feature just like the iPad Pro, giving users a more interactive video calling experience by automatically adjusting the camera to move with the people so the people can be always in the center of the frame.

Even if other people join, the camera detects them and gradually zooms in so they can appear in the conversation or videos as well. This feature makes video calling a more natural experience for FaceTime calls and other video-calling apps.

Center Stage

True Tone display

The True Tone display technology was firstly used on iPad Pro in 2016. Finally, the True Tone display makes its debut on the base iPad. With a new, upgraded ambient light sensor, the iPad adjusts the screen display for the color temperature of the room giving users a comfortable view.

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More internal storage

The new iPad starts at 64GB, twice the capacity of the previous model, making it an even better value. For more apps, games, photos and videos, users can choose the 256GB model.

iPadOS 15 features

The new iPad will pre-install the new iPadOS 15, which is designed specifically for all iPad products. It is packed with various features helping users be more efficient and make the iPad more versatile.

Ipad Widgets

The new features of iPadOS 15 includes

  • The multitasking control: The experience is apparently more intuitive making features like split-screen browsing and side-pull easier to find and use, and more powerful.
  • New widget layout: The Home screen supports a new widget layout that makes it easy to personalize and manage apps on iPad along with the App Library.
  • Quick Notes: Quick Note can be invoked at any time and in any app. With the first-generation Apple Pencil, you can quickly invoke Quick Note to write download some information.
  • New features in Translation App: It adds some new functions in the translation app like automatic transfer, face-to-face view to make conversations easier and more natural.
  • Live Text: It is a brand-new feature that recognizes text in photos so users can take actions like copy, translation. For example, recognizing a phone number on a photo and make a call.
  • Focus mode: This feature automatically filters notifications based on the user's current state, such as working, reading, exercising, playing games, or sleeping.
  • New Portrait: It provides a more natural FaceTime call experience.

If you have other iPad products, like iPad Pro 2021, you can get the new iPadOS 15 on September 20th. It will be an available update for iPad mini 4 and newer, iPad Air 2 and newer, iPad (5th generation) and newer, and All iPad Pro models.

The iPad 9th generation price

Now you can pre-order the new iPad at apple.com.cn/store and the Apple Store app in 28 countries will go on sale Friday, September 24th.

The new iPad starts at $329 for the Wireless LAN model and $459 for the Wireless LAN + Cellular model. There are Silver and Dark Sky Gray versions. The new iPad starts at 64GB, twice the capacity of the previous model. A 256GB memory model is also available.

The first-generation Apple Pencil is compatible with the iPad and can be purchased separately for $99.

The Smart Keyboard for iPad is $159 and is available in more than 30 languages, including Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.