The 2017 iPad models – tech specs, comparisons, reviews, and more

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Apple iPad 9.7 2017 - Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color versions

Apple has already released one of the planned 2017 tablets: the mid-range iPad 9.7. We’ll still have to wait for the iPad Pro 10.5.

Rumors were circulating that Apple plans to launch in 2017 two models: the successor of iPad Air, and the next generation of the premium-level iPad Pro.

We’ll still have to wait for the iPad Pro, but the mainstream model has been already announced and is available for sale. The model is called simply “iPad” and features the 9.7-inch Retina display.

Before we move to details, let’s have a look at the highlights:

iPad 9.7-inch (2017) – the model is a successor (or rather replacement) of the iPad Air 2. It’s the medium-shelf model with the 2048 × 1536 px Retina display and Apple A9 chip. The most exciting thing about the new model is it’s surprisingly low price. The entry-level 32 GB + WiFi version costs only $329, which is $70 below the starting price of iPad Air 2.

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) – the rumored premium tablet has not been released yet, but as soon as it happens, we’ll update the overview with essential details and useful comparisons.

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Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)

The 2017 Apple iPad 9.7-inch

iPad 9.7 (2017) – launch details

The new iPad 9.7 (2017) launched without the usual spring event – maybe it’s reserved for the iPad Pro. The company simply released the iPad 9.7 press announcement and the same day the new model appeared on Apple’s website.

The sales on website started on March 24, 2017. A few days later the model arrives in Apple Stores and authorized resellers in the US and 20 other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

The launch in a few more countries is set for April 2017. On the list, you’ll find, among others, Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey.

There are three color options to choose from: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. First two versions have the white front bezel, the third one comes with the black front panel.

The prices depend on the combination of memory and connectivity options you need:

  • 32 GB / Wi-Fi – $329,
  • 32 GB / Wi-Fi + Cellular – $459,
  • 128 GB / Wi-Fi – $429,
  • 128 GB / Wi-Fi + Cellular – $559.

iPad 9.7 (2017) – comparisons

When it comes to features and price, the new iPad in the middle of the landscape. Its Retina display is much better than entry-level tablets from Samsung or Amazon.

On the other hand, the new 9.7-inch iPad is slower and lacks advanced features of the top-shelf models, such as Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (2017) or the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

It seems most reasonable to compare iPad 9.7 2017 to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The latter is Apple’s premium tablet released exactly a year ago.

At first glance, the two tablets are almost the same. They have the same width and height, and iPad 9.7 is only a bit heavier (by 32 grams).

The difference in price is twofold – $329 versus $599. However, if you are mostly concerned about the display, both devices offer the same resolution and pixel density. The comparison below will let you quickly see how many and which features the cheaper model lacks – and whether you need them at all.

There is a significant difference in graphics performance. The 2016 iPad Pro renders graphics about 50% faster than the new iPad 9.7.

For me, the tablet is not the good device to shoot photos and videos. If you are, however, concerned about the performance of cameras, you should forget the cheaper iPad. The front camera is only 1.2 MP (vs. 5 MP), and the device doesn’t support Life Photos.

Were you thinking about buying a tablet for writing emails, social media updates, blog posts, or draft ideas? Has the idea of the physical keyboard ever occurred to you? The cheaper iPad is not compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, so you’ll have to rely on third-party keyboard cases.

iPad 9.7 (2017) vs. iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)

Feature iPad 9.7 (2017) iPad Pro 9.7
Display size 9.7-inch 9.7-inch
Display resolution 2048 × 1536 px 2048 × 1536 px
Pixel density 264 ppi 264 ppi
Processor A9 + M9 A9X + M9
Processor speed 1.6x faster than A8
Graphics 1.8x faster
1.85 faster than A8
Graphics 2.7x faster
Internal memory 32/128 GB 32/128/256 GB
RAM memory 2 GB 2 GB
Cameras Front: 1.2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
Front: 5 MP
Rear: 12 MP
Life Photos No Yes
Weight 15.13 oz
469 g
15.41 oz
437 g
Dimensions 9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29 in
240 × 169.5 × 7.5 mm
9.4 × 6.6 × 0.24 in
240 × 169.5 × 6.1 mm
Body colors Silver, Gold, Space Gray Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold
Apple Pen compatible No Yes
Smart Keyboard compatible No Yes
Release date March 24, 2017 March 31, 2016
Launch price from $329 from $599

iPad 9.7 (2017) – review round-up

Want to get a hint of what reviewers are saying about the 2017 iPad. Take a look at the highlights from the most popular reviews:

The new iPad and its A9 chip was a bit faster than the iPad Air 2 and a bit slower than the iPad Pro. The iPad remains a great mobile gaming machine, as long as the games you want to play are available as iOS apps.

If you’re looking for an iPad that excels at traditional iPad-like things, such as video streaming, games, web surfing and ebooks, this is a fantastic value and should be the default first iPad you consider.

–Dan Ackerman, CNET

This is the everyman’s tablet — it’s got great battery life, a solid processor, plenty of memory, gets regular updates, and has access to a mind-numbing library of tablet-optimized apps.

With a bigger 8,610mAh battery than the Air 2 (which explains the thickness), this iPad has refused to die on us. We have used it for more than a week in Wi-Fi-only mode, with some use every day, and it only recently dipped under 40 percent.

–Julian Chokkattu, Digital Trends

In no way is the new iPad a burden to hold or use. While the difference in thickness between the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the new iPad is barely noticeable, the difference in weight isn’t really detectable between the two.

–Mike Wuerthele, Apple Insider

The 2017 iPad isn’t geared towards the early adopters and those looking for the absolute latest and greatest.

Sure, it lacks the gorgeous laminated, anti-reflective display of the iPad Air 2, and sure it’s not as svelte in either thickness or weight. But there’s no denying that the 2017 iPad with A9 dual core processor in tow, is a good value

Having Touch ID adds a considerable amount of value to an iPad, and those who adopt the $329 tablet will no doubt grow to appreciate it as a feature.

–Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

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.

–Dieter Bohn, The Verge

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Apple iPad 9.7 2017 - Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color versions

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iPad 9.7 (2017) – full tech specs

What are the detailed tech specs of the 2017 9.7-inch iPad? Check out the complete listing below.

Screen 9.7-inch Retina LED-backlit with Multi-Touch
Screen resolution 2048 × 1536 px
Pixel density 264 ppi
Storage capacity 32 / 128 GB
microSD card No
RAM memory 2 GB
Processor A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, embedded M9 coprocessor
Body colors Silver
Space gray
Battery 32.4Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, non-removable
Battery life Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music on a single charge
Charging Via power adapter or USB to computer
Weight 16.86 oz / 478 g
Dimensions 9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29 in / 240 × 168.5 × 7.5 mm
Wi-Fi Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Ports Lightning
3.5 mm headphone jack
Operating System iOS 10
Sound Two built‑in stereo speakers
Sensors Touch ID, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor
Cameras Main / Rear: 8 MP, f/2.4
Secondary / Front: 1.2 MP, f/2.2
In the box iPad
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
Compatible with Apple Pencil No
Compatible with Apple Smart Keyboard No
Launch date March 24, 2017
Prices 32 GB / WiFi – $329
32 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $459
128 GB / WiFi – $429
128 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $559

iPad 9.7 (2017) – product chart

And here’s what Apple says about its newest tablet.

iPad 9.7 2017 thumb

Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)

Silver / 32 GB

Flat-out fun
Learn, play, surf, create. iPad gives you the incredible display, performance, and apps to do what you love to do. Anywhere. Easily. Magically.

Stunning Retina display
Whether you’re enjoying photos, shopping, or building a presentation, the vivid 9.7‑inch Retina display has the detail and size to really bring them to life.

Fast, fluid performance
The 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance that makes every app feel fast and fluid. Explore rich learning apps, play graphics-intensive games, or even use two apps at once. All while enjoying up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apps for everything
Every iPad app has been designed specifically for the power and scale of iPad. And with so many great iPad apps in the App Store, there’s sure to be an app for whatever you love to do.

Advanced security at your fingertip
Your fingerprint is the perfect password because it’s unique and always with you. Touch ID lets you unlock your iPad instantly and secure private data in apps. You can also use it to make purchases with Apple Pay in apps and websites.

Front and back cameras
Taking photos and videos with iPad is a snap. Use the 8-megapixel camera to shoot detailed images or 1080p HD video, then edit them right on iPad with Photos, iMovie, or your favorite app from the App Store. Or use the front-facing FaceTime HD camera for video calls and gorgeous selfies.

Durable and portable
At just one pound and 7.5 mm thin, iPad is designed to go wherever you go. And it’s as durable as it is portable, with an aluminum unibody construction that delivers a reassuringly solid feel.

⇢ iPad 9.7 $329

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

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