Ensuring that Apple's iPad range is the best it can be to take advantage of the new iPadOS that is due imminently, the company has announced a new version of the most popular iPad: the iPad 10.2-inch.

But it is worth upgrading, and what's changed? We've had a quick play with the new model at Apple's September event at Apple Park to find out more.

Same design, but a bigger screen

  • 10.2-inch Retina display
  • Made with 100 per cent recycled aluminium 
  • Silver, Space Grey, and Gold colours available

The design hasn't changed drastically. It still features a Touch ID home button and the same speaker design as before, but what is new, is a much bigger 10.2-inch Retina display compared to the previous 9.7-inch display.

It will measure 250.6mm x 174.1mm by 7.5mm and weighs around 483 grams, making it ever so slightly bigger than the previous model to accommodate the increase in screen size.

While it will now be made with 100 per cent recycled aluminium, the design language hasn't changed in terms of form factor, and it still features the same rounded edges and thick-ish bezels as before. This isn't a move to make it more iPad Pro like or change up anything too major here.

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10.2-inch specs

  • A10 Fusion processor
  • 32GB and 128GB storage sizes 

In technical terms, the increased screen real estate means you now get a 2,160- by 1,620-pixel resolution display at 264ppi with 500 nits brightness. That should be great for watching movies or utilising the multi-window app experience of iPadOS 13, and we suspect that's probably the main reason for the increased screen space.

The iPad will get a processor bump and now come with the company's A10 Fusion chip rather than the previously used A10 processor. The chip, which first appeared in 2016 in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, means the new model won't be as powerful as the iPad Pro range, but it should deliver enough power to get most of the things iPad mainstream users will need and want.

In our play in the demo area at the event, the iPad seemed as responsive as ever, allowing you to do the majority of tasks you'll need like surfing the web, watching streaming video services, and playing games.

We haven't been able to see how it will perform with high games or editing videos or images but look forward to testing the device when we get one in the office to play with.

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iPad accessories include Apple Pencil

  • Apple Pencil (1st gen) support
  • Smart Keyboard support

As with other iPads, including the Air and the Pro models, the iPad 10.2 will feature support for the first-generation Apple Pencil and the company's Smart Keyboard (that's already available with the iPad Air) thanks to the Smart Connector on the back. The addition of the Smart Connector port on the side of the iPad is the only real change, apart from the increased size, to the design of the unit.

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iPadOS 13 brings new features

  • New software features with iPadOS 13

The new iPad will come with iPadOS 13, which brings a number of new features including much greater multi-tasking functionality, allowing you to run apps side by side a lot easier than you could in iOS, as well as better file management and improved support for the Apple Pencil.

Read our full preview of iPadOS 13.

First Impressions

This is Apple updating its standard iPad to take advantage of the new iPadOS operating system and ensure that the iPad customer doesn't get left behind, and not much more.

Using a series of "older technologies" already tried and proven on other devices like the iPhone 7 or the current iPad Pro range, Apple is able to deliver a new iPad that is likely to appeal to many, especially those who are getting involved with the Apple tablet for the first time or upgrading from an earlier model.

If that sounds negative, it shouldn't be. From our brief play, this looks to be a good all-round iPad that will please those not looking for the latest cutting-edge Apple tech or to break the bank.