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The new entry-level iPad display lacks the anti-reflective coating that helps minimize glare in light, and it only supports sRGB colors, not the industry-wide standard P3 wide color.

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On its website, Apple lists the new entry-level iPad with the same Liquid Retina display as the fifth-generation iPad Air with 2360 x 1640 resolution at 264ppi (pixels-per-inch). Unlike the iPad Air, however, the new entry-level iPad does not support P3 wide color, does not have an anti-reflective coating, and is not a fully laminated display, according to Apple's website.

The new entry-level iPad also lacks support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, still only supporting the first-generation Apple Pencil. Since the new iPad has a USB-C port, customers will have to use an adapter to charge their Apple Pencil with their iPad. Apple is selling an adapter for $9, but one is also now included in the box with the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Article Link: New iPad Lacks Several Display Features of iPad Air
 

KaliYoni

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Unlike the iPad Air, however, the new entry-level iPad does not support P3 wide color, does not have an anti-reflective coating, and is not a fully laminated display, according to Apple's website.

The new entry-level iPad also lacks support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, still only supporting the first-generation Apple Pencil. Since the new iPad has a USB-C port, customers will have to use an adapter to charge their Apple Pencil with their iPad. Apple is selling an adapter for $9, but one is also now included in the box with the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Looks like this iPad was designed by subtraction with a focus on hitting a certain price point regardless of the means, not by thinking about what would create the best pared-down package for price sensitive buyers. Sad.
 

dz5b609

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1st/2nd gen refurb iPad pro or 4th gen refurb iPad Air are looking quite nice.

Though this is in principle basically the iPad I thought/feared they where going to make (and the only one that made sense with the lineup it needed to have a lesser chip and a lesser non-laminated screen to make sense), but the problem is that they decided to stick an insane price tag on it, 100 dollars less and it would have been a good entry iPad, now at this price I have no idea for who it is.
 
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kk200

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I have an iPad8 and Air4, I cannot really tell the differences on laminated screen. P3 color range is only visible when comparing side by side . The biggest noticeable differences are stereo speaker and frame.

I think iPad10 and iPad Pro 11 will make Air5's life harder.
 

sherwinzadeh

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Apple Pencil 1 is probably one of the worst designed Apple products -- just look at everyone who's lost that stupid cap and has a bare lightning port sticking out. The fact that they're continuing to support it baffles me, even more so since they switched to USBC and you have to buy another stupid adapter.
 

subjonas

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If you believe that this iPad is largely intended for the education market, it makes sense that it cuts cost wherever possible—the cheaper display and the lack of Pencil 2 wireless charging support (yes, it has a price hike, but that’s another can of worms). Also the new landscape camera only being on this iPad makes me think it, being used for education, is used more for video calls than other iPads. Not to say it won’t come to other iPads, but it was possibly more urgent for this one.
 

FridgeToaster

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I'm pretty sure the display panel itself is the exactly same model as the one from iPad Air. Color space is simply tone-mapped / step-down from DCI P3 just to make it different.
 

Novius89

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I like the design and the removal of the home button.
I dislike the lack of stereo speakers and the price.

And why the hell it just doesn’t support Pencil 1 AND 2.

Personally the Pencil 1 support is welcome for me because I just bought one this year for my 2018 iPad on promotion.

But don’t make such a mess of the lineup.
Shouldn’t be so difficult:

Normal use : ipad
Smal form factor : mini / air
“Pro” use: the pro line

Support all pencils, if not for costumer care, do it for the environment.

Anyway, the battery on my 2018 iPad is still going good. I start to notice some hiccups with apps here and there.

When I need to upgrade to a newer model because of iPadOS updates and/or it becomes more sluggish to use in the future I will go for the 2021 model, as much as I hate the home button, the price of the new model is not even funny anymore.
 
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infinitejest

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This lineup is such a mess and makes me want to keep my 2017 iPad for anther 5 years.
There should only be two categories of iPads: iPad (10.9 inch and mini) and iPad Pro (11inch and 12.9 inch). The only reason the iPad Air exist is so they can use terrible specs for the regular iPad and upsell you to the iPad Air. What a joke.
 

Icaras

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I like the design and the removal of the home button.
I dislike the lack of stereo speakers and the price.

And why the hell it just doesn’t support Pencil 1 AND 2.

Personally the Pencil 1 support is welcome for me because I just bought one this year for my 2018 iPad on promotion.

But don’t make such a mess of the lineup.
Shouldn’t be so difficult:

Normal use : ipad
Smal form factor : mini / air
“Pro” use: the pro line

Support all pencils, if not for costumer care, do it for the environment.

Anyway, the battery on my 2018 iPad is still going good. I start to notice some hiccups with apps here and there.

When I need to upgrade to a newer model because of iPadOS updates and/or it becomes more sluggish to use in the future I will go for the 2021 model, as much as I hate the home button.
It has landscape stereo speakers
 

cardfan

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If you believe that this iPad is largely intended for the education market, it makes sense that it cuts cost wherever possible—the cheaper display and the lack of Pencil 2 wireless charging support (yes, it has a price hike, but that’s another can of worms). Also the new landscape camera only being on this iPad makes me think it, being used for education, is used more for video calls than other iPads. Not to say it won’t come to other iPads, but it was possibly more urgent for this one.

Then why remove headphones jack? Rather essential for classrooms.
 

d5aqoëp

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Apple is going completely against what Steve Jobs stood for. Steve Jobs always wanted simple product and didn’t want people to earn Doctorate degree in researching various nuances between 2 products and compare them to previous year’s products mumbo jumbo blah blah!
 

ApplesAreSweet&Sour

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When I first saw iPad 10, I thought that Apple was just doing another “SE” type of product and essentially repackaging Air 4th Gen by just shifting the front facing camera and giving the cellular models 5G. But then not changing any other Air 4th Gen spec.

To me, that would have been a decent value proposition even with the terrible 64GB config starting at $399-$449.

But they had to cut so many of the Air’s best specs and are now forcing Gen 1 pencils on us for another iPad generation.

No, it’s not a new tier. It’s just a terrible iPad 4th Gen.
 
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