I tried to work on Apple’s iPad 9 for a week — it didn’t go well

Apple’s most affordable iPad hasn’t been visually changed in years. The latest iPad 2021, like many of its predecessors, still features an all-too-familiar metallic exterior with a screen flanked by huge black bezels, a good ol’ fashioned Touch ID home button, a Lightning port, and the same $329 price tag. Even though the base iPad’s look seems frozen in time, Apple’s vision for it has evolved.

Apple no longer wants the entry-level iPad to be merely a dependable entertainment tablet. It wants you to do everything on it, including work, and replace budget laptops. To accomplish that, Apple added the iPad Pro‘s smart connector pins — which allow you to easily snap on an external keyboard — and via iPad OS updates added the ability to use several apps at once.

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