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Apple iPad (2017) review: the best feature is the price

Here's what you need to know about the new iPad: it is an iPad, and it is good. Apple has named it simply iPad but we have to refer to it as "iPad (2017)" or "iPad (5th generation)" or "new iPad 9.7" because the world is a broken place. I am just going to call it the iPad. I am also in the enviable place of reviewing a gadget about which you already know everything there is to know because it is, as I said, an iPad. I don't have to delve into complicated questions about the future of computing or weird hinges or software limitations. I simply need to tell you three things:

  1. It is an iPad.
  2. It costs $329 for the base model.
  3. You should get it if your old iPad is dying. You should not get it if your old iPad is fine.

That's really it, but of course there are details to consider within each of those bullet points. I will go through them point-by-point since I just spent a week with the new iPad. After I do, you will discover that those are the main points and go on with your life until you need to buy an iPad to do iPad things, at which point you will buy this iPad.

It is an iPad

When I simply say "it is an iPad," reasonable people know exactly what I mean. They know that it is a thin, fast tablet with a good screen, and it has a lot of apps so you that you can do iPad things. And with this iPad, we do not need to quibble about whether or not "iPad things" consist of "doing real work" or whether or not the iPad is just a "consumption device." The iPad Pro might justify such ruminations, but this new iPad causes no angst.

The answers to those questions are different for everybody, but for most people, they know what they want out of an iPad because they have been doing their iPad things for years (often on the same iPad for all those years).

This particular take on the iPad is interesting to gadget nerds because it is a one-step-forward / one-step-back iPad, so let’s address that. At the end of which you will conclude that this is an iPad, because it is indeed an iPad.

It replaces the iPad Air 2, but it essentially has the same body and 9.7-inch screen as the original iPad Air. That means it's slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2, but not enough for anybody to really notice or care. It has the same largish bezel around the screen, sturdy aluminum back, and magnets to hold smart covers. It does not support the Apple Pencil, nor does it have a smart connector for attaching keyboards — two features I wish it had, but it does not because it is not an iPad Pro. Those are two of the features that Apple uses to separate the iPad Pro from the regular iPad. This is not an iPad Pro. It is an iPad.

Every iPad is defined by its screen and the screen on this iPad is very good. It is a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It does not have the fancy True Tone display that the iPad Pro does, nor does it have some of the things that made the screen on the iPad Air 2 so nice: lamination and anti-reflectivity. If you look closely, you will see that the screen on the iPad sits a little further from the front glass than it does on the Air 2 because the two parts are not bonded. This might make repairs cheaper, but it also makes the screen less nice. It is also a little more reflective than the Air 2, so it's a little less nice to use outside in bright sunlight.

iPad vs iPad Air 2: can you guess which is which?

But these are quibbles. This is an iPad, which means the screen is quite nice and unless you are a pixel pedant you will find little to complain about. Apple has said that the screen is brighter than the iPad Air 2, but I can't really tell the difference.

The other notable thing about this iPad is that it has a new processor, Apple's A9 chip. That means it's significantly faster than older iPads, but not necessarily significantly faster than the iPad Air 2. It's not as fast as the iPad Pro. But you use the iPad to browse the web and play Sudoku and watch some movies in bed, so these processor speeds shouldn't really affect your purchasing decisions. It is an iPad, and iPads are fast enough to do iPad things.

I do wish that Apple had found a way to fit four speakers into this iPad like it did with the iPad Pro. Instead there are just two on the bottom (or on the side, depending how you hold it).

Fundamentally, what I am trying to tell you is that this is an iPad. You trust that iPads are decent tablets and that they have a basic level of quality, speed, and functionality.

It costs $329

The cost for the base model iPad is $329, with 32GB of storage and Wi-Fi. You can pay $100 extra to get 128GB of storage, and $130 more to get LTE. Choosing to spend that extra money is between you and your checking account, but I will note that if you're in the business of getting upsold then maybe you should really consider the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It is slightly more likely to do more than the usual iPad things most people want iPads for.

Apple just made the thing most people want: a simple, inexpensive iPad

What's important about the $329 price is that it feels right for an iPad. (Reminder: this is an iPad.) It is a signal, I think, that Apple is finally done trying to get everybody to think of the iPad as some revolutionary device that will change everything. That may happen one day with the iPad Pro, but in the meanwhile people just want to spend a reasonable amount of money on a good tablet. Maybe their old tablet is cracked, or slow, or has been handed down to their kids.

Do you care that Apple is trying to reinvent the future of computing? Do you want to know all the many tips and workarounds and apps you need to get an iPad into a place where it can replace your laptop? Do you want to know about all the apps that have been optimized for iPad but still can't really replace full desktop productivity apps? Do you want to spend an arm and a leg to buy into a vision that is more about future promises than current results just so you can be on the bleeding edge of where tablets are headed someday?

Or do you just want an iPad to do iPad things? Do you just want to play some games, watch some Netflix, browse the web, and read some books?

Well, good news: after spending years trying to make the rectangular iPad fit in a circular-future-of-computing-shaped hole, Apple just made the iPad for you. If you need one, that is.

Should you upgrade?

Here is my take: if you have an iPad that is annoying you for some reason, you should get a new iPad. This is a good iPad to get — but then again all iPads are pretty good (which is one of the reasons nobody ever seems to upgrade).

More specifically, if you have an iPad that's older than the iPad Air you will notice a significant improvement with this iPad. It will be much faster, much lighter, and the screen will look better. If you have something newer than that — an iPad Air or Air 2 — then you probably won't get much benefit from upgrading to this new iPad.

Do you need a new, basic iPad? Then get this iPad. Otherwise: don’t

Should you get this iPad or an iPad Pro or maybe a refurbished iPad Air 2? I think that breaks down pretty simply, too:

  1. If you want an iPad, get this iPad. Because it is an iPad.
  2. If you want an iPad to replace your laptop, or if really like drawing, consider the iPad Pro
  3. If you are Very Serious About Screen Quality (aka a Pixel Pedant), it might be worth looking for a refurbished iPad Air 2.

I am a little nervous to recommend option 3, simply because the 2017 iPad will probably get software updates for a year or two beyond what the Air 2 will get.

But really, don't let the stuff you hear out there in Apple Land bother you. Investors and tech writers are wondering what Apple is Going To Do now that we know that nobody upgrades their iPads to new models every couple years. In the real world, people just use their iPads until they don't work and then they get new iPads. And what Apple is Going To Do is what it just did: just make a good iPad and sell it at a reasonable price.

Get one if you need one, but don't stress that you're missing out if you don't. Because it's an iPad.

Photography by Vjeran Pavic

Video by Tyler Pina and Vjeran Pavic

Edited by Dan Seifert and Lauren Goode

Apple iPad (2017) review: Faster and cheaper, but not exactly exciting

Editors' note, June 8, 2017: At its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro. Starting at $649, £619 and A$949, the new model replaces the original 9.7-inch iPad Pro, packing a bigger screen -- a 10.5-inch Retina display -- into a footprint similar to that of the cheaper, 9.7-inch, non-Pro model Apple debuted in March (reviewed below). The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro also comes equipped with a more powerful processor, higher-quality cameras, and, when it debuts in the fall, iOS 11. These upgrades are also coming to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799, £679 or AU$1,249. The other two iPad models -- the iPad and iPad Mini 4 -- remain a part of the lineup, unchanged since their earlier debuts.

Remember the iPad? In the afterglow of its splashy 2010 debut, Apple's tablet became the post-smartphone "it" gadget of the decade. In recent years, however, sales have dipped -- both for iPads and tablets in general. But not for lack of trying: Near-annual improvements have pushed the iPad family forward, with higher-resolution retina screens, ever thinner bodies, and -- with the more expensive iPad Pro -- towards productivity and creativity features such as stylus support and a high-end keyboard.

Ironically, the iPad line's biggest problem was that the older models were so good that there wasn't a huge incentive to replace them. And it didn't help that phone screens have gotten ever larger in the past few years, too: Why lug out a tablet, even a slim one like an iPad, when a 5.5-inch iPhone offers a reasonably close experience? Those newer iPad Pro models, meanwhile, were perfectly lustworthy, but priced at laptop pricing tiers of $600 and up. For watching videos, reading the web and playing Super Mario Run, older iPads -- or those big-screen phones -- remained good enough for a lot of users.

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That's why I'm surprised that I'm as excited as I am about this new 2017 model, a 9.7-inch tablet simply called iPad. Like the superthin 12-inch MacBook, it drops all the honorifics -- no Air, Pro or Mini here -- and instead positions itself as the most purely distilled example of the concept. Not the bells-and-whistles flagship, but the one that delivers the iPad basics at a very competitive cost.

The price, in fact, is the most exciting thing about this otherwise very familiar iPad. It starts at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and goes up to $559 for 128GB of storage and 4G LTE cellular data, which is the model tested here. There is no 64GB option.

That starting price of $329 is $70 less than the $399 starting price of the iPad Air 2 ($298.94 at it replaces. That's $60 more than the previous budget champ, the smaller iPad Mini 2 ($317.99 at (now discontinued), but it still makes this new model the most affordable full-size iPad ever.

Apple iPad prices

US UK Australia
32GB Wi-Fi 128GB Wi-Fi 32GB LTE 128GB LTE
$329 $429 $459 $559
£339 £429 £469 £559
AU$469 AU$559 AU$669 AU$779
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Thanks to its lower starting price, this is a great first iPad for someone new to the brand, or an opportunity to update from an older model that doesn't support iOS 10, such as the third-gen retina iPad or the original iPad Mini. It's close enough to impulse buy territory for a lot of people, and it's also a near-perfect gift for anyone.

Apple iPad (9.7-inch, 2017)

Price as reviewed Display size/resolution CPU Storage Networking Operating system
$559, £559 or AU$779
9.7-inch 2,048x1,536-pixel touchscreen
802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE
iOS 10.3

Let's call it the iPad SE

So how did Apple cut the price on a full-size iPad without cutting into their legendary profit margins? Well, let's just say that this new iPad may not actually be as new as it seems. It follows the half-step-forward, half-step-back model used in the Apple Watch Series 1 and the iPhone SE ($399.99 at Best Buy), essentially putting updated components in a bit of a throwback physical package, while keeping more expensive, more feature-filled models on sale right next to it.

This new iPad replaces the iPad Air 2 in Apple's tablet lineup, but it's actually closer to the original iPad Air in some ways. In fact, it has the exact same 7.5mm thickness and 469 gram weight as the 2013 iPad Air 1. By comparison, the Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick and weighs 437 grams (as does the 9.7-inch iPad Pro). Note that the LTE versions of these tablets weigh 7 to 9 grams more.

An iPad Air 2 on the left, and the new iPad on the right.

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Even though this new model is slightly thicker and heavier, you'd probably have to put them side by side to notice. It's minor, but in person, there's a definite difference. It's a small step backwards in design, and it's probably also at least one reason this new tablet reverts back to the classic iPad name rather than the iPad Air.

Apple says new smart covers and related accessories for the iPad are backwards compatible with the original iPad Air line, but the reverse may not be true because of some shifting in where the magnets that control the sleep/wake feature are located.

Обзор Apple iPad 2017

Сегодня мы расскажем вам о планшете от компании Apple — iPad 2017. Да, он имеет именно такое название, никакого Pro или Air. Apple решила окончательно отказаться от линейки Air и теперь будет выпускаться только обычная версия и профессиональная (Pro).

Комплектация и дизайн

Компания Apple всегда уделяет внимание внешнему виду упаковки. Она выглядит стильно, но неброско. Коробка из матового картона белого цвета, внутри всё расположено компактно и удобно. Кроме самого планшета в комплекте идет зарядное устройство, Lightning-кабель и стандартная макулатура. Если это версия с 4G, то в комплекте также будет идти скрепка для извлечения лотка для SIM-карты.

Корпус iPad 2017 схож со знакомым нам iPad Air. Размеры его составляют 240,0×169,5×7,5 мм, масса 469 г у Wi-Fi версии и 478 — у версии с 4G.

На верхней грани планшета расположен вход для наушников 3,5 мм и кнопка выключения, справа — клавиши для регулировки громкости, а снизу — порт Lightning для зарядки и синхронизации с компьютером.

На лицевой панели расположена кнопка Home — она, как уже нам привычно, со сканером отпечатка пальца.

Новый iPad 2017 выпускается в трех цветах: «серый космос», золотой и серебристый.


iPad 2017 имеет 9,7-дюймовый Retina-экран с разрешением 2048×1536 точек. Это прекрасный экран, понравится практически каждому. Чтобы снизить стоимость, инженеры компании не добавили в экран некоторые фишки: новый планшет не получил функцию True Tone, которая подстраивает цвета под окружающее освещение. Также между стеклом и матрицей экрана присутствует небольшая воздушная прослойка.


Емкость аккумулятора составляет 8827 мАч. Компания обещает для нового iPad десять часов непрерывного использования. Это очень хорошо, скорее всего данная цифра достигается благодаря энергоэффективности процессора Apple A9.

Функции и производительность

В iPad 2017 используется 64-битный процессор Apple A9. Объем оперативной памяти составляет 2 ГБ. С результатами синтетического теста бенчмарка Geekbench 4 вы можете ознакомиться ниже.

Тесты GPU также показывают хорошие результаты. Наверняка это благодаря отличной связке процессора А9 и видеоускорителя PowerVR GT7600.

iPad 2017 работает на операционной системе iOS 10.3. Она имеет уже привычные для пользователей последних версий функции. Это Night Shift, Apple Pay, Touch ID и мультизадачность.

Объем флеш-памяти возможен в двух версиях: на 32 ГБ или 128 ГБ. Много это или мало — судить вам. Все будет зависеть от задач, которые вы ставите перед планшетом.


Камера iPad 2017 выполняет конкретно ту функцию, которую она должна выполнять в планшетном компьютере. Она особо ничем не примечательна: хотите отличное качество — для вас есть iPhone 7.

Основная камера имеет разрешение 8 Мп, фронтальная — 1,2 Мп. В новом iPad появилась функция Live, благодаря которой вы можете снимать «живые» фото.


iPad 2017 — это самый дешевый планшет от компании Apple. Цена за версию с Wi-Fi и 32 ГБ составит 10999 грн, а с Wi-Fi+4G модулем — 15399 грн. За версию на 128 ГБ: c W-Fi — 17399 грн, а за Wi-Fi+4G — 19199 грн.


iPad 2017 — это хороший, сбалансированный планшет. Это не лидер по функциональности и производительности, но не устаревший, бесполезный планшет. Он наверняка найдет свое место в вашем доме и повседневной жизни. Серфинг в интернете, просмотр видео, обработка фотографий, игры и многое другое — это то, что он с легкостью сможет вам предоставить, и он обязательно оставит о себе приятные впечатления.

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New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: What's the difference?

Apple quietly released a new iPad in March 2017, simply called iPad. The new model replaces the iPad Air 2 as Apple's standard tablet offering, sitting above the iPad mini 4 and below the two iPad Pro models.

The iPad Air 2 might have been discontinued through the Apple online store, but you can still pick it up at other retailers. We have therefore put the new 9.7-inch iPad up against its predecessor to see what the differences are and what changes have been made. You can also read how the new iPad compares to the iPad Pro 9.7 in our separate feature. 

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Design

  • Same lovely, solid aluminium build 
  • No rose gold colour option for either
  • iPad Pro is thinner and lighter 

The Apple iPad Air 2 measures 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm and weighs 437g. It comes in three colours comprising gold, silver and space grey and it's thinner and lighter than the original iPad Air with a lovely, solid design.

The new Apple iPad (2017) has the same design as the iPad Air 2, and on the surface you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. The new iPad has put on a bit of weight though, coming in at 469g for the Wi-Fi only model and 478g for the Wi-Fi and 4G LTE variant - making it heavier than the iPad Pro 9.7 too. In reality, this weight difference won't make much difference to your experience, but it's something worth noting. 

The new iPad also has a slightly thicker frame, coming at 7.5mm compared to the iPad Air 2's svelte 6.1mm, which is down to the lack of fully laminated display on the new model. Both the new iPad and iPad Air 2 are the same when it comes to height and width though and they also have the same aluminium build and Touch ID sensor within the home button. 

Like the iPad Air 2, the new iPad (2017) is only available in the same space grey, gold and silver colours, with no rose gold option like the iPad Pro 9.7.

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Display

  • Both have 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel displays (264ppi)
  • New iPad has brighter display
  • iPad Air 2 has a fully laminated and anti-reflective display

The Apple iPad Air 2 sits in the middle of the iPad line up when it comes to size. It has a 9.7-inch display in comparison to the 7.9-inch screen of the iPad mini and the 12.9-inch size of the larger iPad Pro.

The iPad Air 2 has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which means it offers a pixel density of 264ppi. That's the same as the original iPad Air but the iPad Air 2 comes with an anti-reflective screen, as well as a bump in contrast and colour. The latter aren't hugely noticeable but the anti-reflective technology makes a big difference and overall, the iPad Air 2's display is great.

The new iPad 2017 offers the same size and resolution as the iPad Air 2, but Apple claims the new model has a brighter screen. As we mentioned though, it loses out on the fully laminated and anti-reflective features found on the iPad Air 2 and Pro models, which is why the new model is a little thicker. Neither the iPad Air 2 or the new iPad have Apple's True Tone technology on board. 

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Camera

  • Both tablets have same front and rear cameras
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera
  • Up to 1080p video recording capabilities on rear

The Apple iPad Air 2 and new iPad (2017) both feature an 8-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 1.2-megapixel front camera. As tablets aren't as commonly used for taking shots as smartphones, this is more than adequate. They are the same cameras as found on the iPhone 5S, meaning that while the iPad Air 2 and new iPad's cameras are good, they aren't as good as the iPhone 6S and therefore the iPad Pro 9.7.

The rear cameras will shoot video up to 1080p at 30fps, while the front camera will offer up to 720p. If you want higher resolution recording up to 4K, you'll need to look at the iPad Pro 9.7.

Regardless of what you think about using an iPad as a camera, the iPad Air 2 and new iPad both perform well so if you want to take photos using your tablet, both will hold you in good stead.

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Hardware

  • New iPad has A9 chipset
  • Same internal storage options
  • Both have up to 10-hour battery life

The Apple iPad Air 2 comes with the A8X chip and the M8 motion co-processor. This is supported by 2GB of RAM and there are internal storage options of 32GB and 128GB with no microSD support, as is the way with all Apple devices.

The new iPad (2017) meanwhile features a slightly faster 64-bit A9 processor. It's not quite on the same level as the A9X processor found in the iPad Pro, but it should provide a noticeable increase in performance over the iPad Air 2. Both the iPad Air 2 and new iPad are claimed to deliver up to 10 hours battery life.

The new iPad comes in the same 32GB and 128GB storage options as the outgoing Air 2 and of course, there's no microSD support. Apple has once again stuck to its dual speaker setup for the new iPad, so while sound quality will be good, it won't be as powerful as the four speaker setup on the iPad Pro. There is also no Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard compatibility on either the iPad Air 2 or the new iPad.

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Software

Both the Apple iPad Air 2 and the new iPad 9.7 run on iOS 10, meaning the software experience will be almost identical across these two models.

The new model doesn't come with any additional features, such as Apple Pencil compatibility as we mentioned, so in this instance the two will be completely identical.

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Price

The Apple iPad Air 2 starts at £379 and goes up to £499, depending on which storage capacity you choose and whether you opt for Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and Cellular.

The new iPad (2017) on the other hand, has a starting price of £339, stretching to £559 for the highest storage capacity and Wi-Fi and Cellular. 

New Apple iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: Which should you buy?

Both the iPad Air 2 and the new iPad (2017) are great tablets. Not a huge amount has changed in the new model, except for a lower price, which is always welcome, a faster processor and a lack of the fully laminated display.

Aside from those differences, you're looking at the same tablet so the only reason to buy the iPad Air 2 over the new iPad is if you can find it significantly cheaper. If you were putting off buying an iPad because you felt they were too expensive, now is probably the best time yet.

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