Ap­ple iPad 9.7

Ap­ple takes its no-frills tablet and adds… one frill. But with its wide range of apps and build qual­ity, it’s still the mid-price mas­ter

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Last year, Ap­ple in­tro­duced its cheap­est non-Mini iPad ever, the iPad 5th-gen. It came with no bells or whis­tles, but also few flaws. It was a fast, slick, well-built ma­chine for a great price that makes for an ideal en­ter­tain­ment tablet to have ly­ing around the house. A year later, it’s still more than good enough for that job, yet Ap­ple has given us a new ver­sion.

More is less

So what im­prove­ments has it made? Well, barely any, ac­tu­ally. The new iPad now sup­ports Ap­ple Pen­cil – the com­pany’s own (very im­pres­sive) sty­lus – and has a faster Ap­ple A10 pro­ces­sor. The price has also come down to a tidy `28,000 (for the 32GB Wi-Fi model).

If you bought last year’s model this one isn’t worth splash­ing out for, but if you’re up­grad­ing or get­ting your first iPad, it’s a juicy propo­si­tion.

Maybe the sin­gle most im­por­tant part of a tablet is its screen, and though the iPad 9.7’s 2048x1536 dis­play is far from cut­ting edge, it’s re­ally good. It’s the big­gest area of dif­fer­ence from the iPad Pros, de­spite the ad­di­tion of Pen­cil sup­port (which is re­spon­sive and pre­cise, though at £89 is not a cheap add-on). You don’t get the Pros’ wide-colour dis­play, HDR sup­port, and 120Hz re­fresh rate, but given that this is about half the price of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro it feels like a fair trade-off. The only fea­ture of the iPad Pros we’re dis­ap­pointed not to see here is TrueTone, which con­viniently matches the colour tem­per­a­ture of the screen to the am­bi­ent light in the room – it’s made to save eyes and of­fer more com­fort­able read­ing, which seems like a good thing to have in a kid-fo­cused tablet.

Per­for­mance and re­spon­sive­ness ev­ery­where else is great. For web brows­ing, work­ing in doc­u­ments, gam­ing, and play­ing with GarageBand and iMovie, it’s more than fast enough and han­dles split-screen mul­ti­task­ing well (though the size of screen means it’s not quite a pro­duc­tiv­ity pow­er­house). Bat­tery life is great too, as with light use you’ll usu­ally beat Ap­ple’s 10-hour guide­line. Also, it barely loses any power in standby, so you’ll rarely find it dead when you want to fire up Net­flix.

Ac­tu­ally, movies are one of its weaker points. Why? The screen is nice, but the speaker is weedy. Even the cheap Kin­dle tablets have stereo. The cam­era is av­er­age, but works well enough for a few snaps here and there.

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