iPad 9.7″ Retina Display Review – Released 3/21/2017

iPad 9.7″ Retina Display Review – Released 3/21/2017

iPad 9.7″ Retina Display Review – Released 3/21/2017

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Apple has replaced the iPad Air 2 with the new... simply called iPad. (I'm sure that will create some confusion in the market.) We have always thought that Apple products were a bit over-rated and too pricey for the inherent technology you actually get, but this iPad seems to be priced right and for what you get... is probably worth it.  Prices start at $329 for the base model with 32GB of Memory and WiFi.  Is it a product worth throwing out your old tablet for... Nope!  If you disagree... let us know below and rate it yourself :)


  • Most Affordable Apple tablet you can buy
  • 10 Hour Battery Life
  • Aluminium unibody
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the front
  • Handles iOS 10 without any trouble or slowdowns - very smooth
  • Replaces the iPad Air 2


  • Display will probably wash out in direct sunlight, and will generally have duller, less vibrant colors.
  • A9 Chipset is not quite as powerful as the A9X chipset on the Pro
  • Slightly heavier than the iPad Pro but still much lighter than majority of tablets on the market
  • New display lacks anti-reflective coating
  • Cameras are good but not as good as the iPad Pro Cameras
  • A9’s runs at 1.85GHz vs the iPad Pro A9x chip running at 2.16-2.26GHz clock speed
  • Screen won't use the ambient light sensor to dynamically adjust the screen's white color balance to make text more readable
  • No microSD support

iPad 9.7″ Retina Display Review and Specifications

Apple has quietly retired the iPad Air 2, replacing it with a new 9.7-inch model called, simply, the “iPad.”  (Not iPad 6 or 7…  but iPad… just like their first one.  – I don’t even remember what generation they are on now*… and neither will the average tablet user.)  Regardless… despite setting themselves up for customer confusion in the near future…The new iPad is almost identical to the iPad Air 2 except the new “iPad” comes with an A9 processor.  *Its actually the 7th generation 🙂

From the Manufacturer:
“iPad features a beautifully bright Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels for stunning pictures and videos, and is enclosed in a sturdy yet thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing just one pound for great portability and durability. The Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture delivers fast processing and graphics performance for apps and games, while maintaining the same all-day battery life customers have come to expect from iPad.”

Connector Lightning


  • Retina display
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Memory Available: 

  • 32GB
  • or 128GB

In the Box

  • iPad
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter


  • A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Embedded M9 coprocessor

Operating System

  • iOS 10 With an all-new design and all-new features, iOS 10 is the world’s most advanced mobile OS. It brings your iPad to life in more intelligent and expressive ways than ever.


  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Autofocus, Panorama (up to 43 megapixels), HDR for photos, Exposure control, Burst mode, Tap to focus, Timer mode, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Backside illumination, Auto image stabilization, Face detection, Photo geotagging
  • Video Recording
  • 1080p HD video recording (30 fps), Slo‑mo (120 fps), Time-lapse video with stabilization, Video image stabilization, Face detection, 3x video zoom, Video geotagging, FaceTime HD Camera, 1.2-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video recording, Backside illumination, HDR for photos and videos,  Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode, Video Calling, FaceTime video,  iPad to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi


  • Wi-Fi model :Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular model
    Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology
    UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
    LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41)4
    Data only, Wi-Fi calling

Includes Apple SIM


  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi, iBeacon microlocation
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Cellular : iBeacon microlocation


  • Touch ID
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Touch ID Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Power and Battery

  • Built-in 32.4-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

Audio Playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video

  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Mail Attachment Support

  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

Environmental Requirements

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)

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