Specs summary

Screen
9.7"

The Apple iPad 9.7's screen is 9.7 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.85 GHz

There is a Apple A9 Dual core 1.85 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 10 (Update Available: 11) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
32WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 32 WHr battery.



If you don't need all the iPad Pro features or you just want to spend a lot less, this iPad is a great choice.

- Susie Ochs , Macworld 

Apple doesn't always build midrange gadgets, but when it does, they're good.

- Andrew Cunningham , Ars Technica 

Reviews summary

8.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 31 reviews

What's good

  • Mid-range price
  • Impressive photo quality (for a tablet)
  • Long battery life
  • Smooth performance

What's bad

  • No 3D Touch or Apple Pencil support
  • Air gap between display and glass
  • Sound through speakers is off-center

When Apple released the iPad in 2010, almost everyone wanted one for its large screen and faster processing power. However, as the years passed the tablet market slowly shrunk as phone screens became larger.

But Apple hasn’t given up on tablets.

The iPad Pro offered even more screen space, higher specs and touch sensitivity that rivals drawing tablet. Unfortunately, the price tag scared off regular users.

That’s why Apple has unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad, an affordable tablet that has some of the bells and whistles of the pro at a more reasonable cost.

Does it cut costs without sacrificing the high-end Apple experience? Reviews are rolling in! Let’s see what they’re saying.

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Perhaps the most important aspect of a tablet is the screen. Measuring in at 9.7-inches, this tablet’s screen definitely offers much more screen real estate than even the largest phones. It offers the same 1536 x 2048 resolution as previous generations, providing what experts call “pinpoint sharpness” and the LED backlight offers 500 nits of brightness.

Unfortunately, the screen is not fully laminated. Reviewers noticed a small gap between the glass and the screen. Many described this as a step backwards as it leads to less vibrant colors and lower contrast. Still, other reviews considered the screen to be vibrant enough as it displays close to 100% of the standard RGB space.

Aside from the more muted colors, many also discovered the air gap produced a hollow sound and feeling when tapping on the screen, making the tablet feel cheap. It also contributes to the slightly thicker size of the tablet measuring in at 0.29 inches.

If you’re looking to use the tablet for work or drawing, you might be disappointed. The iPad 9.7-inch does not support 3D touch or Apple Pencil.

Like the display, the iPad 9.7-inch performance is good, but not the best in the lineup. It’s armed with a 1.84 GHz dual-core Apple processor and 2GB of RAM.

Unsurprisingly, critics describe daily use as smooth and note that the tablet is powerful enough to handle split screen multitasking with ease. While not as snappy as more premium tablets, Pocket Lint states, “...it gets everything done with no hiccups and no drama. For an everyday tablet, that’s all you can ask for, and all you really need.”

To keep it running Apple included a 8,827 mAh battery. Reviewers found the battery lasted through two to three days of mixed use.

As with other tablets, the latest Apple features a rear facing 8MP camera and 1.2MP selfie cam. While not up to the same standards as the iPhone, the camera surprised critics as it took better pictures than the iPad Air 2 complete with low noise, attractive color reproduction and fast shutter speed.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment for reviewers were the speakers. Unlike the Pro, the iPad 9.7-inch only has two speakers along the bottom of the tablet. With that said, reviewer found them loud enough to hear music or shows in a moderately noisy environment. Though, due to the positioning, they did notice the sounds were off-center.

While reviewers wouldn’t call the iPad 9.7-inch innovative, they do consider it a very reliable and solid choice for people looking to upgrade tablets older than the iPad Air 2. Pocket-Lint states, “This iPad is easy to recommend to anyone.” Macworld adds, “It’s everything great about the iPad at a lower cost to entry than ever…”


Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

The best tablet for most people

from The Wirecutter

The standard iPad is powerful and easy to use, and it features a large, high-quality screen, solid build quality, and a huge app library.

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The standard iPad is powerful and easy to use, and it features a large, high-quality screen, solid build quality, and a huge app library.

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TrustedReviews

A really good, reliable tablet that’ll suit most people’s needs

from TrustedReviews

The iPad 9.7-inch is the perfect mix of features and price. It doesn’t offer up anything new, and I think the iPad Air 2 is still the better tablet, but for everyone else looking for a reliable device then this ticks all the boxes.

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The iPad 9.7-inch is the perfect mix of features and price. It doesn’t offer up anything new, and I think the iPad Air 2 is still the better tablet, but for everyone else looking for a reliable device then this ticks all the boxes.

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Wired

New and (sort of) improved

from Wired

The question about the iPad has never been whether it was good, but whether it was worth it. Even now, seven years on, I can’t think of a single thing the iPad does that I couldn’t do on my phone. But I’d rather do lots of them on my iPad. Sometimes it’s the screen size, sometimes it’s the battery life, sometimes it’s the simple fact that I don’t have to have all my work apps on my iPad and thus don’t get constantly drawn in by push notifications and distracting app icons.

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The question about the iPad has never been whether it was good, but whether it was worth it. Even now, seven years on, I can’t think of a single thing the iPad does that I couldn’t do on my phone. But I’d rather do lots of them on my iPad. Sometimes it’s the screen size, sometimes it’s the battery life, sometimes it’s the simple fact that I don’t have to have all my work apps on my iPad and thus don’t get constantly drawn in by push notifications and distracting app icons.

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finder.com.au

Isn’t a radical reinvention, except in terms of how much it costs

from finder.com.au

Apple’s 2017 iPad is still the tablet to buy if you need a new device, but there’s little here to tempt upgraders beyond the substantially lowered price point.

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Apple’s 2017 iPad is still the tablet to buy if you need a new device, but there’s little here to tempt upgraders beyond the substantially lowered price point.

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iLounge

least expensive full-sized iPad that Apple has ever sold

from iLounge

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is a good, solid product at a great price for those who want a full-sized iPad but have no desire to pay twice the price for “Pro” camera and audio features. The performance is more than fast enough, and it provides the longest battery life of any iPad we’ve ever tested. While some would suggest that this iPad is targeted primarily at the education and business markets, we feel there’s also a considerable group of iPad users who have eschewed the iPad Pro simply because of its higher price tag, and truly have no need for the higher-end features that the Pro models offer. While there’s little new here, a great many tablet users are simply looking for a device on which to surf the web, watch videos, read, and play games; for those folks, the new fifth-generation iPad will be more than capable, and it’s also impossible to ignore its considerably lower price tag.

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Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is a good, solid product at a great price for those who want a full-sized iPad but have no desire to pay twice the price for “Pro” camera and audio features. The performance is more than fast enough, and it provides the longest battery life of any iPad we’ve ever tested. While some would suggest that this iPad is targeted primarily at the education and business markets, we feel there’s also a considerable group of iPad users who have eschewed the iPad Pro simply because of its higher price tag, and truly have no need for the higher-end features that the Pro models offer. While there’s little new here, a great many tablet users are simply looking for a device on which to surf the web, watch videos, read, and play games; for those folks, the new fifth-generation iPad will be more than capable, and it’s also impossible to ignore its considerably lower price tag.

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GottaBeMobile

Apple offers a budget tablet

from GottaBeMobile

The new 2017 iPad didn’t get a big overhaul because it seems Apple set a brand new goal: to lower the price so that this iPad would appeal to schools. Google dominates the education market with their affordable and simple Chromebooks mostly due to price and simplicity. When you consider the price reduction, the new 2017 iPad makes for a great tablet for schools and others.

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The new 2017 iPad didn’t get a big overhaul because it seems Apple set a brand new goal: to lower the price so that this iPad would appeal to schools. Google dominates the education market with their affordable and simple Chromebooks mostly due to price and simplicity. When you consider the price reduction, the new 2017 iPad makes for a great tablet for schools and others.

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IT Pro

Sacrifices a fancy screen for a more attractive price point and some meaningful performance upgrades

from IT Pro

Apple's move to rein in the price of the lower-end iPad is a very savvy one. The iOS software is far better suited to devices of this kind than Android, and offering a more powerful, longer-lasting and more competitively-priced replacement to the previous iPad generation will doubtless help secure the company's place at the top of the pile.

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Apple's move to rein in the price of the lower-end iPad is a very savvy one. The iOS software is far better suited to devices of this kind than Android, and offering a more powerful, longer-lasting and more competitively-priced replacement to the previous iPad generation will doubtless help secure the company's place at the top of the pile.

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IT Pro

A worthy successor

from IT Pro

Apple's move to rein in the price of the lower-end iPad is a very savvy one. The iOS software is far better suited to devices of this kind than Android, and offering a more powerful, longer-lasting and more competitively-priced replacement to the previous iPad generation will doubtless help secure the company's place at the top of the pile.

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Apple's move to rein in the price of the lower-end iPad is a very savvy one. The iOS software is far better suited to devices of this kind than Android, and offering a more powerful, longer-lasting and more competitively-priced replacement to the previous iPad generation will doubtless help secure the company's place at the top of the pile.

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Tech Advisor

A good upgrade for anyone still using an older iPad

from Tech Advisor

The 2017 iPad isn't Apple’s usual big upgrade. Instead, it’s aimed at owners of older iPads who want better performance and the latest software features. It’s slightly disappointing that the screen isn't laminated and that the cameras aren't the best Apple offers in an iPad, but considering the price it’s good value overall.

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The 2017 iPad isn't Apple’s usual big upgrade. Instead, it’s aimed at owners of older iPads who want better performance and the latest software features. It’s slightly disappointing that the screen isn't laminated and that the cameras aren't the best Apple offers in an iPad, but considering the price it’s good value overall.

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Venture Beat

Big iOS on the cheap

from Venture Beat

It lets Apple compete more effectively with Chromebooks, Windows tablets, and Android tablets. And it lets people use a full-sized iOS-flavored tablet without breaking the bank. Which is pretty cool. If you’ve always thought an iPad might be nice to have but just isn’t necessary due to its price, this is the product that should make you reconsider.

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It lets Apple compete more effectively with Chromebooks, Windows tablets, and Android tablets. And it lets people use a full-sized iOS-flavored tablet without breaking the bank. Which is pretty cool. If you’ve always thought an iPad might be nice to have but just isn’t necessary due to its price, this is the product that should make you reconsider.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 24, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 10 (Update Available: 11)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A9 Dual core 1.85 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 32 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time 9 hours
4G Surfing Time 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Silver, Gold, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.9 x 16.8 x 0.7 cm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 469 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 264 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Exposure control, Slow motion recording (HD 120fps), Time lapse
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Multi-shot, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad 5th Generation, iPad 2017 (9.7-inch)

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