In this article we shall take a closer look at the iPad 2017 and will be examining:
- Who the tablet was designed for
- What will you be using the iPad for?
- What you can comfortably do on the new iPad
- The heavier weight and thickness of the new device
- How much money the new iPad costs
- The design of the new iPad and the differences between past models
- The tech specs of the iPad
Is the next generation iPad worth the money?
The next generation iPad has come out and it is roughly the same price as an average payday loan. It was launched quietly with the minimum of fuss in a press release on march 17th 2017 and was available for pre-orders on March 24th. Apple are marketing this new iPad as the iPad for everyone. The big question is, is it worth the money?
There has been much excitement from iPad users regarding the new iPad 2017
Tablet sales have been declining in recent years, whilst smartphones are enjoying double digit growth. The recent launch of the iPad 2017, with its very appealing low price, comes at a time when Apple has not seen good results in recent years, regarding tablet sales when compared to iPhone sales. This new version of the old classic seems to be aimed at new iPad users or people who have older versions and need to buy a newer one to keep up with the latest technology.
This new version of the old classic seems to be aimed at new iPad users or people who have older versions and need to buy a newer one to keep up with the latest technology.
The iPad 2017 has a price tag that makes it affordable for everyone, but it was not designed for everyone. What you really need to do is to find out what you are going to be using the tablet for as this new model has not been designed for professional use. Unlike the more expensive iPad Pro this latest iPad does not come with an Apple Pencil and smart keyboard support, 4K HD video recording, or a True Tone display.
What will you be using the new iPad for?
This is the most important question that you must ask yourself before spending your hard earned cash on this new iPad. Many iPhone users will have forgotten the luxury of doing all of their favourite things on a larger screen, as people are increasingly using phones as they once would have used their tablets. Checking social media or playing a computer game on a large 9.7-inch screen is a joy compared to doing the same on a smartphone screen. It would be a good device to use for casual content consumption, but if you were going to be doing more on your iPad then the iPad Pro would be worth spending some extra money on.
Here are a few things that the new iPad is great to use for:
Surfing the web
The iPad 2017 has a built in browser called Mobile Safari. It is fast and stable and can access almost all websites easily.
There are hundreds of games available to play from the Apple App Store. This is a great device and can handle complex games.
With its good sized screen, the iPad is great for watching videos or for live streaming from different websites. If you use headphones too, a film can be pretty engrossing.
Checking social media
You can check your Facebook and twitter feeds comfortably on the iPad, but Snapchat and Instagram are not available for iPad users.
If your friends use iMessage then you can send them instant messages.
Is the new, cheaper version light enough to use for long periods of time?
If it is a simple computer that you want to have close by, whilst lying on the sofa, then this would be ideal for you. The new iPad is slightly heavier than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but still lighter than the old iPads were. Take a look at the weights and thicknesses of the new iPad and the iPad Pro.
|Dimensions||New iPad||9.7-inch iPad Pro|
|Depth||0.29 inches (7.5mm)||0.24 inches (6.1mm)|
|Weight (Wi-Fi)||1.03 pounds (469 grams)||0.96 pounds (437 grams)|
|Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular)||1.05 pounds (478 grams)||0.98 pounds (444 grams)|
Apple have usually aimed to make each new device lighter and thinner than the last so this new design seems a bit out of character for them. The new design is not uncomfortable to use, although users who prefer an ultra slim model should probably try the iPad Pro.
What are the UK prices for each model of the iPad 2017?
The new iPad 2017 is much more reasonably priced than the iPad Pro, which starts from 619 pounds with a 10.5 inch display, or 769 pounds with a 12.9 inch screen.
Apple have come up with a tablet that may be a bit behind the times in spec terms but this kind of quality tablet is a bargain.
The iPad Air 2 started at 379 pounds for 32 GB and Wi-Fi, so the new 2017 model, that has replaced it, comes with a 40 pound lower price tag.
|iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi only)||£339|
|iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi only)||£429|
|iPad 2017 (32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular)||£469|
|iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular)||£559|
So what have we learned so far?
- The new 2017 iPad costs around the same price as an average payday loan
- Tablet sales have dropped recently compared to smartphone sales
- The new iPad is designed for new users who want something simple
- It is a great device to have for content reading, but not for more complex stuff
- The new design is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2 that it replaces
- The new 2017 iPad starts from 339 pounds
How does the new iPad design differ from previous models?
Let’s look at the new design
Apple have decided not to drastically change the design of the new 2017 iPad. The only notable difference is that the shiny, outside chamfered edges, are now a matt colour. The design team at Apple have clearly felt that they had come up with a smart design, that has aged remarkably well over the last few years and haven’t felt the need to update it. It looks remarkably like the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and although it is still a smart design, people who want to upgrade an existing iPad may be looking for some more notable changes that will show.
This new 2017 version is also thicker and heavier than the iPad pro and the iPad Air 2, in fact, it has the same dimensions as the 2013 iPad Air 1. The new iPad comes with 2 speakers arranged in two single rows like the Air 2 but they are closer together than on the Pro. It has Touch ID, the SIM tray is on the right hand side, as in the Air 1, but as in the Air 2 and the Pro, there is no mute/portrait orientation switch. The cellular model comes with a black or white antenna that does not match the rest of the chassis and there is no camera flash. The only other notable change is that the volume buttons are spaced further apart.
What colours does the 2017 iPad come in?
The popular Rose Gold colour has been omitted from this model and there are only three colours available, gold, silver and Space Grey.
Has the screen been changed on this new model?
For some reason, Apple has decided to go back to the old style screen of the Air 1 and once again offers a screen that is not laminated with a slight air gap that makes you aware that you are tapping on glass. This is not considered by many to be a major issue, the new iPad still has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixel density of 264ppi. It is still considered to be a very high quality screen with bright, sharp colours but it does lack the anti-reflective coating and the True Tone colour adjustment feature that the Pro offers.
Is the battery life longer than other models of iPad?
Apple says that the new iPad 2017 has 10 hours of battery life, when using Wi-Fi, and 9 hours when you are connected to a cellular connection. There is usually more battery time than this, as Apple are famously conservative when estimating battery life and always quote lower. The new device has an impressive battery capacity of 8,827 mAh compared to 7,340 mAh for the Air 2 and 7,306 mAh on the 9.7-inch Pro. This may be why the new model is slightly thicker and a little bit heavier.
Here is a list of the tech specs for the 9.7-inch iPad 2017:
- It has a A9 64bit processor with a M9 co-processor which Apple states will make it 1.6 times faster for general processing than the Air 2’s A8X but not as fast as the Pro’s A9X.
- It has a touchscreen display that is 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 (264 ppi). These are the same specs as the iPad Pro 2 but it does not have the anti-reflective screen coating or the True Tone display.
- It has storage space of 32GB or 128GB, the same as the Pro, but the Pro can also offer a 256GB option that costs a lot more money.
- It has 2GB RAM.
- There is a 8Mp rear facing camera and a 1.2Mp front facing camera. The Pro has 12Mp and 5Mp cameras, a rear facing flash and live photos and retina flash features that are missing from the new iPad.
- It has 1080p HD video recording whilst the Pro has 4K.
- There are 2 speakers as opposed to 4 on the Pro.
- The new iPad is a little bit heavier and thicker than the Pro, but it is the same length and width.
So, is the new iPad 2017 worth the money after all?
Many people were disappointed with Apple’s new iPad as they had been expecting a new design or for it to have a lot more features on it. It seems that Apple is cutting a definitive line between its products by offering this simple, high performing tablet that can amply perform most of the every day tasks that the masses want from an iPad. This is a high performing gadget that is designed to be used for everyday stuff as opposed to more complicated tasks. If you are looking for a higher performing tablet then the Pro series is what you need to go for.
For any one who is happy to miss out on not being able to use the Apple pencil or the smart keyboard feature, this could be the tablet for them. It offers great value for money if you are starting at the bottom of the range and plan to use the tablet with a Wi-Fi connection and not a cellular one. This could be a great tablet for educational and casual users. Apple have come up with a tablet that may be a bit behind the times in spec terms but this kind of quality tablet is a bargain that few new users, or people wishing to upgrade existing iPads will be able to refuse.