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Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?

Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by Alex Alderson), 10/05/2019

Now with keys. The iPad 7 2019 is a soft upgrade on the iPad that Apple released last year. The new iPad sports a new screen format, iPadOS and support for accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but there are few major changes this year. Read on in this live review to find out whether the series of small changes can combine to make a big difference.
Update: Review completed.

Apple iPad 7 2019

It has been almost ten years since Steve Jobs announced the first iPad, a 9.7-inch tablet that brought large touchscreen devices into the mainstream. Rolling onto 2019, the original iPad is into its seventh generation, although it is no longer the most premium tablet that Apple sells. The company has upgraded the display to a 10.2-inch panel for this year's model, along with adding support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The new iPad runs iPad OS out of the box too, all of which should make it even easier to use as a laptop replacement.

However, those are the extent of the changes that Apple has made to this year's iPad, so the iPad 7 2019 will not necessarily break any new ground over its predecessor. We shall compare the iPad 7 2019 not only against its predecessor, but also the iPad Air 2019, iPad Pro 11, Huawei MediaPad M5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

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  • 10.07.2019: Display section expanded. Communication & GPS and Input Devices & Operation sections added
  • 10.05.2019: Display section expanded. Wi-Fi speeds added.
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Apple iPad 7 2019 (iPad Series)
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
10.2 inch 4:3, 2160 x 1620 pixel 264 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, native pen support, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
,
Connections
1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, Docking connector (Smart Connector)
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G/3G/4G: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B11, B12, B13, B14, B17, B18, B19, B20, B21, B25, B26, B29, B30, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B66, B71., LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 250.6 x 174.1 ( = 0.3 x 9.87 x 6.85 in)
Battery
32.4 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix AF
Secondary Camera: 1.2 MPix f/2.2 720p FaceTime compatible
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers on the underside of the device, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Lightning to USB cable, power adapter, 12 Months Warranty, Gigabit LTE; eSIM; Smart Keyboard support, fanless
Released
09/10/2019
Weight
483 g ( = 17.04 oz / 1.06 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
379 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
85%10/2019Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU
483 g7.5 mm10.2"2160x1620
85%04/2018Apple iPad 6 2018
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU
469 g7.5 mm9.7"2048x1536
88%04/2019Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
456 g6.1 mm10.5"2224x1668
90%11/2018Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU
468 g5.9 mm11"2388x1668
88%08/2018Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Kirin 960, Mali-G71 MP8
498 g7.3 mm10.8"2560x1600
84%05/2019Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
670, Adreno 616
400 g5.5 mm10.5"2560x1600

Case - Small changes

The iPad 7 2019 is slightly larger than its predecessor, but only because of its larger display. The device remains 7.5 mm (~0.3 in) thick though, making it slightly thicker than more expensive tablets. Likewise, 483 g (~1.1 lb) is rather heavy by modern tablet standards, but the iPad 7 2019 still fits nicely in our hands.

With that said, the iPad 7 2019 looks like it has been around for years. Apple continues to reserve slim display bezels for its iPad Pro series, as it does for Face ID and a USB Type-C port. Instead, the iPad 7 2019 rocks the classic Touch ID home button and the seemingly evergreen Lightning connector.

Apple sells the iPad 7 2019 in Space Gray with black display bezels, or silver and gold, which have white bezels.

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Size Comparison

258.7 mm / 10.2 inch 171.8 mm / 6.76 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 498 g1.098 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 483 g1.065 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 456 g1.005 lbs248 mm / 9.76 inch 179 mm / 7.05 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 160 mm / 6.3 inch 5.5 mm / 0.2165 inch 400 g0.882 lbs240 mm / 9.45 inch 169.5 mm / 6.67 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 469 g1.034 lbs

Connectivity - Price rises, yet again

Apple offers the iPad 7 2019 in 32 GB and 128 GB variants, both of which have 3 GB of RAM. Both storage options can be configured with an LTE modem too, which cost US$170 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts. The 32 GB and 128 GB Wi-Fi models cost US$329 and US$429 respectively, for reference. Incidentally, the new iPad costs more than its predecessor, but retains the 3.5 mm headphone jack, unlike recent iPhones.

Underside: Speaker, Lightning connector
Underside: Speaker, Lightning connector
Topside: Power button, 3.5 mm jack
Topside: Power button, 3.5 mm jack
Left-hand side: Smart Keyboard connector
Left-hand side: Smart Keyboard connector
Right-hand side: SIM slot, volume buttons
Right-hand side: SIM slot, volume buttons

Software - Now with iPadOS

The iPad 7 2019 comes with iPadOS pre-installed, the UI of which Apple has optimised especially for tablets. iPadOS includes many of the features that Apple introduced with iOS 13, including dark mode, among others.

Apple has included advanced augmented reality features too, and it is now possible to pair two pairs of AirPods simultaneously. The Photos app has also been enhanced, along with several other in-house apps. Principally, iPadOS offers better multitasking than iOS, with it being possible to run multiple windows of the same app simultaneously. Also, Apple has revised the home screen and has improved support for the Apple Pencil.

As always, the iPad 7 2019 comes with an extensive in-house software package, including GarageBand and iMovie, among others.

Communication & GPS - LTE and a precise GPS module

Our review unit has an LTE module onboard that supports many LTE bands, so you should be able to connect to LTE networks when abroad. Apple claims to have equipped the iPad 7 2019 with a Gigabit LTE modem, but it has not published any data on the speeds that it can achieve. In any case, our review unit performed well in our short LTE tests and maintained decent network reception throughout. The device has an eSIM soldered to its motherboard, but Apple has included a nano-SIM card slot too.

While its LTE coverage impressed us, we were left a little disappointed with its Wi-Fi performance. The iPad 7 2019 is much slower than its predecessor, and could only achieve half the transmission speeds of the iPad 6 2018 even after multiple iperf3 Client Wi-Fi tests.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPad 6 2018
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 32 GB NVMe
570 MBit/s ∼100% +153%
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
540 (min: 499, max: 581) MBit/s ∼95% +140%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic GPU, A12X Bionic, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
537 (min: 397, max: 559) MBit/s ∼94% +139%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Adreno 616, 670, 64 GB eMMC Flash
346 (min: 329, max: 362) MBit/s ∼61% +54%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
236 MBit/s ∼41% +5%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
225 (min: 43, max: 264) MBit/s ∼39%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
553 (min: 481, max: 580) MBit/s ∼100% +141%
Apple iPad 6 2018
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 32 GB NVMe
500 MBit/s ∼90% +118%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic GPU, A12X Bionic, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
488 (min: 262, max: 543) MBit/s ∼88% +113%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Adreno 616, 670, 64 GB eMMC Flash
289 (min: 229, max: 300) MBit/s ∼52% +26%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
238 MBit/s ∼43% +4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
229 (min: 160, max: 286) MBit/s ∼41%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø244 (209-264)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø229 (160-286)

Apple only includes a GPS module with LTE variants of the iPad 7 2019, which is something worth keeping in mind if you need GPS connectivity. We took our review unit on a short bike ride to compare its location accuracy against a Garmin Edge 520, one of our reference bike computers. The iPad performed well during this test, but the Garmin plotted a more accurate route, more accurate, especially when we cycled across a bridge. The iPad mapped our loop more precisely than the Garmin could, though. Overall, the iPad 7 2019 should make a good navigation companion if you plan to use it for that purpose.

GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Overview
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Overview
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Loop
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Loop
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Bridge
GPS test: Apple iPad 7 2019 - Bridge

Cameras - Still solid sensors

Photographed using the front-facing camera
Photographed using the front-facing camera

The iPad 7 2019 has the same cameras as its predecessor and the one before that. These are the same cameras that Apple used in the iPhone 5s, so they are comparatively outdated by modern smartphone standards. However, they still take decent looking photos in our opinion.

While the rear-facing camera is good enough for taking the occasional snapshot, the sensor is not opticallly stabilised (OIS) as many modern smartphone cameras are. In practice, this means that the camera cannot compensate against minor camera movements, which can result in blurry-looking photos. The iPad 7 2019 does not support optical zoom, nor does it have a secondary lens for supplementing the main camera with additional depth of field data for more accurate bokeh effect shots.

The iPad has an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing shooter. We would only recommend using the latter for FaceTime videos because of its low resolution. The device can record videos in up to 1080p, the quality of which is rather good.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker Photo
12.3 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
27 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
26 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
10 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad 7 2019: 17.91 ∆E min: 6.23 - max: 31.52 ∆E
ColorChecker Photo
1.7 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
9 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad 7 2019: 4.51 ∆E min: 1.56 - max: 8.96 ∆E
A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart at 1 lux

Accessories & Warranty - Few accessories and Apple Care+

Apple includes a Lightning cable and a charger in the box, along with some warranty and safety literature. As mentioned earlier, the iPad 7 2019 supports the Apple Pencil, the company's active stylus. However, the iPad is only compatible with the first-generation Pencil, with Apple reserving the second generation for its latest iPad Pros.

The iPad 7 2019 also supports the Smart Keyboard, which doubles as a protective cover. The built-in stand can be adjusted between two angles too.

Apple includes a 1-year limited warranty, the coverage of which can be extended Apple Care+. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices & Operation - A precise touchscreen and new accessories

The touchscreen that Apple integrates within the iPad 7 2019 reacted quickly and precisely throughout our tests. The device supports 3D Touch, unlike any of this year's iPhones, but iPadOS modifies this technology compared to how it previously worked. Now, you can only press on app icons to bring up a sub-menu such as choosing which camera to use, for example.

The iPad 7 2019 also supports the first generation Apple Pencil, a handy accessory. The Pencil works wonderfully on our review unit, with its precision and abundance of pressure levels making for an excellent drawing and writing expeirence. The tablet supports the Smart Keyboard too, with its predecessors relying on third-party solutions instead. The keyboard, within which Apple has integrated a cover, magnetically connects to the iPad, which should make it easy to attach in daily use. The keys feel great to the touch, while their light textured finish helps make the keyboard look premium. While our review unit did not immediately recognise the Smart Keyboard on the first attempt, we had no issues when we connected the two subsequently. In general, all you need to do is connect the keyboard to the iPad and start typing.

Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in portrait mode

Display - Slightly larger and brighter

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The iPad 7 2019 has a 10.2-inch display, which has the same pixel density as the panel that Apple included in the iPad 6 2018. Apple has equipped the iPad 7 2019 with an IPS retina panel, for reference.

Our tests demonstrate that the iPad 7 2019 has a dimmer display than its predecessor, which is also less evenly lit. The panel has a lower black value though, which allows it to achieve a higher contrast ratio than the iPad 6 2018 managed last year.

436
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 499 cd/m² Average: 469.6 cd/m² Minimum: 3.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 499 cd/m²
Contrast: 1018:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.97 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 0.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
97.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.135
Apple iPad 7 2019
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.2
Apple iPad 6 2018
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Apple iPad Air 2019
IPS, 2224x1668, 10.5
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
IPS, 2388x1668, 11
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Super AMOLED, 2560x1600, 10.5
Screen
-14%
-44%
4%
-255%
-57%
Brightness middle
499
530
6%
515
3%
639
28%
384
-23%
452
-9%
Brightness
470
513
9%
483
3%
591
26%
360
-23%
453
-4%
Brightness Distribution
87
92
6%
90
3%
87
0%
84
-3%
90
3%
Black Level *
0.49
0.61
-24%
0.41
16%
0.45
8%
0.8
-63%
Contrast
1018
869
-15%
1256
23%
1420
39%
480
-53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.97
1.2
-24%
1.6
-65%
0.92
5%
6.83
-604%
1.7
-75%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
1.98
3.2
-62%
4.4
-122%
2.59
-31%
12.7
-541%
3.7
-87%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.9
1
-11%
2.8
-211%
1.3
-44%
7.5
-733%
2.4
-167%
Gamma
2.135 103%
2.28 96%
2.21 100%
2.22 99%
2.199 100%
2.07 106%
CCT
6571 99%
6588 99%
6944 94%
6656 98%
8544 76%
6337 103%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Conversely, the iPad 7 2019 has a more colour accurate display than its predecessor. Our review unit averaged approximately 1 DeltaE deviations during our tests, which is better than our ideal value of 3. The human eye cannot perceive differences in deviations below 3, though. The panel also has an almost perfect colour temperature of 6,571 K. The iPad 7 2019 covers practically all the sRGB colour space too.

CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Space
CalMAN: Colour Space
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Colour Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

The iPad 7 gets bright enough to use outdoors. However, we would recommend finding a shady spot if you are outside on a sunny day as direct sunlight will overwhelm the display. Other Apple devices tend to darken their screens if the SoC gets too hot, but testing the device in October precluded us from experiencing this. We have noticed this behaviour on other Apple A10 Fusion powered devices though, so it may occur on the iPad 7 too.

The device has excellent viewing angles. You should encounter no readability issues in daily use.

Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles
Using the iPad 7 2019 outdoors
Using the iPad 7 2019 outdoors

Performance - An outdated SoC, but still good performance

Apple equips the iPad 7 2019 with the Apple A10 Fusion SoC, just as it did with its predecessor. Hence, we do not expect the iPad 7 2019 to offer any better performance than the iPad 6 2018 does. Nonetheless, the A10 Fusion remains powerful enough for most apps downloadable from the App Store.

In short, the iPad 7 2019 should match the performance of the iPhone 7. So, if you are used to something like the iPhone 11 Pro, then the iPad 7 2019 may feel a little slow by comparison.

Geekbench 5
Metal Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
9229 Points ∼37% +229%
Average of class Tablet (773 - 9229, n=4)
3916 Points ∼16% +40%
Apple iPad 6 2018
2856 Points ∼12% +2%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2804 - 2856, n=2)
2830 Points ∼11% +1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2804 Points ∼11%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
4661 Points ∼27% +227%
Average of class Tablet (375 - 4661, n=6)
1899 Points ∼11% +33%
Apple iPad 6 2018
1432 Points ∼8% 0%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1426 - 1432, n=2)
1429 Points ∼8% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1426 Points ∼8%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
1114 Points ∼83% +45%
Apple iPad 6 2018
775 Points ∼58% +1%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (767 - 775, n=2)
771 Points ∼57% +1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
767 Points ∼57%
Average of class Tablet (134 - 1114, n=6)
653 Points ∼49% -15%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Apple iPad Air 2019
3347 Points ∼42% +120%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2424 Points ∼30% +59%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2405 Points ∼30% +58%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 3919, n=44)
1772 Points ∼22% +16%
Apple iPad 6 2018
1627 Points ∼20% +7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1524 Points ∼19%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1252 - 1627, n=4)
1437 Points ∼18% -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
6484 Points ∼77% +71%
Apple iPad 6 2018
3852 Points ∼46% +1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3800 Points ∼45%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2919 - 3852, n=4)
3443 Points ∼41% -9%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1885 Points ∼23% -50%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 6993, n=44)
1859 Points ∼22% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1612 Points ∼19% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Apple iPad Air 2019
5367 Points ∼78% +88%
Apple iPad 6 2018
2955 Points ∼43% +4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2854 Points ∼41%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2317 - 2955, n=4)
2626 Points ∼38% -8%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1980 Points ∼29% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1742 Points ∼25% -39%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 5816, n=44)
1624 Points ∼23% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Apple iPad Air 2019
3493 Points ∼68% +136%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2413 Points ∼47% +63%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2210 Points ∼43% +49%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4700, n=52)
1692 Points ∼33% +14%
Apple iPad 6 2018
1690 Points ∼33% +14%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1408 - 1690, n=5)
1525 Points ∼30% +3%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1480 Points ∼29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
15399 Points ∼54% +129%
Apple iPad 6 2018
7253 Points ∼25% +8%
Apple iPad 7 2019
6712 Points ∼23%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (5141 - 7253, n=5)
6059 Points ∼21% -10%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=52)
3217 Points ∼11% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2534 Points ∼9% -62%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2466 Points ∼9% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Apple iPad Air 2019
8763 Points ∼65% +133%
Apple iPad 6 2018
4190 Points ∼31% +11%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3759 Points ∼28%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (3293 - 4190, n=5)
3639 Points ∼27% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2506 Points ∼19% -33%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2404 Points ∼18% -36%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=52)
2145 Points ∼16% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Apple iPad Air 2019
3312 Points ∼67% +119%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2436 Points ∼50% +61%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2416 Points ∼49% +60%
Average of class Tablet (729 - 3695, n=59)
1697 Points ∼35% +12%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1509 Points ∼31%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1399 - 1509, n=3)
1449 Points ∼30% -4%
Apple iPad 6 2018
1439 Points ∼29% -5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
5760 Points ∼81% +74%
Apple iPad 6 2018
3682 Points ∼51% +11%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3318 Points ∼46%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2949 - 3682, n=3)
3316 Points ∼46% 0%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1646 Points ∼23% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1451 Points ∼20% -56%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 6128, n=59)
1433 Points ∼20% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Apple iPad Air 2019
4949 Points ∼78% +89%
Apple iPad 6 2018
2735 Points ∼43% +4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2621 Points ∼41%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2367 - 2735, n=3)
2574 Points ∼41% -2%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1771 Points ∼28% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1594 Points ∼25% -39%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 5346, n=61)
1325 Points ∼21% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Apple iPad Air 2019
3180 Points ∼65% +113%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2456 Points ∼50% +65%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2366 Points ∼48% +59%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 3678, n=64)
1580 Points ∼32% +6%
Apple iPad 6 2018
1535 Points ∼31% +3%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1490 Points ∼30%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1251 - 1535, n=5)
1465 Points ∼30% -2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
10647 Points ∼94% +92%
Apple iPad 6 2018
6095 Points ∼54% +10%
Apple iPad 7 2019
5537 Points ∼49%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (4057 - 6095, n=5)
4991 Points ∼44% -10%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2392 Points ∼21% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2357 Points ∼21% -57%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 10647, n=64)
1991 Points ∼18% -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Apple iPad Air 2019
6997 Points ∼84% +103%
Apple iPad 6 2018
3672 Points ∼44% +6%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3453 Points ∼41%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (2964 - 3672, n=5)
3227 Points ∼39% -7%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2386 Points ∼29% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2378 Points ∼29% -31%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 6997, n=65)
1611 Points ∼19% -53%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Apple iPad Air 2019
27663 Points ∼32% +79%
Apple iPad 6 2018
15499 Points ∼18% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
15479 Points ∼18%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
14456 Points ∼17% -7%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (9189 - 15626, n=5)
14249 Points ∼16% -8%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 51374, n=156)
13488 Points ∼16% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
13055 Points ∼15% -16%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPad Air 2019
160399 Points ∼30% +145%
Apple iPad 7 2019
65558 Points ∼12%
Apple iPad 6 2018
62626 Points ∼12% -4%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (48421 - 65558, n=5)
60793 Points ∼11% -7%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
35076 Points ∼7% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
22381 Points ∼4% -66%
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 194856, n=156)
20957 Points ∼4% -68%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Air 2019
77626 Points ∼33% +104%
Apple iPad 7 2019
38138 Points ∼16%
Apple iPad 6 2018
37372 Points ∼16% -2%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (24847 - 38138, n=5)
35156 Points ∼15% -8%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
26634 Points ∼11% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
19315 Points ∼8% -49%
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 106954, n=157)
16419 Points ∼7% -57%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
451 fps ∼4% +265%
Apple iPad Air 2019
261 fps ∼2% +111%
Apple iPad 6 2018
125 fps ∼1% +1%
Apple iPad 6 2018
118 fps ∼1% -5%
Apple iPad 7 2019
123.7 fps ∼1%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (92 - 125, n=6)
111 fps ∼1% -10%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
93 fps ∼1% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
46 fps ∼0% -63%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=179)
33.7 fps ∼0% -73%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
120 fps ∼4% +102%
Apple iPad Air 2019
59.9 fps ∼2% +1%
Apple iPad 6 2018
59.7 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad 6 2018
59 fps ∼2% -1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
59.5 fps ∼2%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (57.7 - 59.7, n=6)
58.8 fps ∼2% -1%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
57 fps ∼2% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
32 fps ∼1% -46%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=183)
21.8 fps ∼1% -63%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
202 fps ∼37% +234%
Apple iPad Air 2019
139 fps ∼25% +130%
Apple iPad 6 2018
62.6 fps ∼11% +4%
Apple iPad 6 2018
58.9 fps ∼11% -2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
60.4 fps ∼11%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (52 - 62.6, n=6)
58.9 fps ∼11% -2%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
41 fps ∼7% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
29 fps ∼5% -52%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=114)
23 fps ∼4% -62%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
110 fps ∼30% +168%
Apple iPad Air 2019
58.5 fps ∼16% +42%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (40.3 - 58.5, n=6)
49 fps ∼13% +19%
Apple iPad 7 2019
41.1 fps ∼11%
Apple iPad 6 2018
40.9 fps ∼11% 0%
Apple iPad 6 2018
40.3 fps ∼11% -2%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
27 fps ∼7% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
17 fps ∼5% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=120)
15.6 fps ∼4% -62%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
169 fps ∼4% +330%
Apple iPad Air 2019
96 fps ∼2% +144%
Apple iPad 6 2018
42.7 fps ∼1% +9%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (39.3 - 42.7, n=4)
41.4 fps ∼1% +5%
Apple iPad 7 2019
39.3 fps ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
28 fps ∼1% -29%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=66)
21.4 fps ∼0% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
19 fps ∼0% -52%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
95 fps ∼3% +280%
Apple iPad Air 2019
51.2 fps ∼1% +105%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (25 - 59.4, n=4)
38.3 fps ∼1% +53%
Apple iPad 6 2018
27.3 fps ∼1% +9%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25 fps ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼0% -36%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=66)
13.5 fps ∼0% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.9 fps ∼0% -72%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
49 fps ∼31% +298%
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.4 fps ∼17% +115%
Apple iPad 6 2018
12.3 fps ∼8% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
12.3 fps ∼8%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (12.3 - 12.3, n=2)
12.3 fps ∼8% 0%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=16)
11.9 fps ∼8% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
4.3 fps ∼3% -65%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
48 fps ∼29% +344%
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.3 fps ∼16% +144%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 51.1, n=16)
12.7 fps ∼8% +18%
Apple iPad 6 2018
10.8 fps ∼6% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
10.8 fps ∼6%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (10.8 - 10.8, n=2)
10.8 fps ∼6% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
4.4 fps ∼3% -59%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
58 fps ∼29% +190%
Apple iPad Air 2019
40.4 fps ∼20% +102%
Apple iPad 6 2018
20 fps ∼10% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
20 fps ∼10%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (20 - 20, n=2)
20 fps ∼10% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=16)
17.4 fps ∼9% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.8 fps ∼3% -66%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
127 fps ∼30% +336%
Apple iPad Air 2019
70.5 fps ∼17% +142%
Average of class Tablet (2.8 - 134, n=16)
34.3 fps ∼8% +18%
Apple iPad 6 2018
30.8 fps ∼7% +6%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (29.1 - 30.8, n=2)
30 fps ∼7% +3%
Apple iPad 7 2019
29.1 fps ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
12 fps ∼3% -59%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
101 fps ∼26% +302%
Apple iPad Air 2019
62.8 fps ∼16% +150%
Apple iPad 6 2018
26.8 fps ∼7% +7%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (25.1 - 26.8, n=2)
26 fps ∼7% +4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25.1 fps ∼6%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼4% -36%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=42)
15.7 fps ∼4% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
8.5 fps ∼2% -66%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
47 fps ∼18% +166%
Apple iPad Air 2019
35.8 fps ∼13% +102%
Apple iPad 6 2018
17.9 fps ∼7% +1%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (17.7 - 17.9, n=2)
17.8 fps ∼7% +1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
17.7 fps ∼7%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
9.3 fps ∼4% -47%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=42)
9.22 fps ∼3% -48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.4 fps ∼2% -64%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
566378 Points ∼100% +169%
Apple iPad Air 2019
370545 Points ∼65% +76%
Apple iPad 7 2019
210596 Points ∼37%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (160578 - 210596, n=4)
175694 Points ∼31% -17%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
175581 Points ∼31% -17%
Apple iPad 6 2018
170921 Points ∼30% -19%
Average of class Tablet (20856 - 566378, n=31)
165344 Points ∼29% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
156772 Points ∼28% -26%

Legend

 
Apple iPad 7 2019 Apple A10 Fusion, Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad 6 2018 Apple A10 Fusion, Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 32 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 2019 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 Apple A12X Bionic, Apple A12X Bionic GPU, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
 
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm Adreno 616, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The iPad 7 2019 performed slightly better than its predecessor in browser benchmarks. However, since the hardware remains identical, we suspect that the speed improvements are down to updates to Safari. While our review unit handles web browsing smoothly, it cannot keep up with the power of recent iPad Pros.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
109.573 Points ∼100% +44%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
76.172 Points ∼70%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (54.2 - 76.2, n=2)
65.2 Points ∼60% -14%
Average of class Tablet (22.1 - 110, n=7)
63.4 Points ∼58% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
33.6 Points ∼31% -56%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
277.69 Points ∼100% +61%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
172.61 Points ∼62%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (166 - 173, n=4)
168 Points ∼60% -3%
Apple iPad 6 2018 (Safari Mobile 11.3)
167.2 Points ∼60% -3%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
57.007 Points ∼21% -67%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=88)
54.5 Points ∼20% -68%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
49.121 Points ∼18% -72%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
172 Points ∼100% +55%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
156 Points ∼91% +41%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
111 Points ∼65%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (79 - 111, n=2)
95 Points ∼55% -14%
Apple iPad 6 2018 (Safari Mobile 10)
79 Points ∼46% -29%
Average of class Tablet (23 - 182, n=23)
75.7 Points ∼44% -32%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
68 Points ∼40% -39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
66 Points ∼38% -41%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (IOS 12.1.1)
131.9 (min: 131, max: 133) runs/min ∼100% +99%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
123 runs/min ∼93% +85%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
66.4 runs/min ∼50%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (65.5 - 66.4, n=2)
66 runs/min ∼50% -1%
Apple iPad 6 2018 (IOS 12.1.1)
65.5 (min: 64, max: 67) runs/min ∼50% -1%
Average of class Tablet (11.1 - 132, n=13)
57.6 runs/min ∼44% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
33.74 runs/min ∼26% -49%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
44425 Points ∼100% +59%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
41770 Points ∼94% +50%
Apple iPad 6 2018 (Safari Mobile 11.3)
27967 Points ∼63% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
27900 Points ∼63%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (19783 - 27967, n=5)
25316 Points ∼57% -9%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
11854 Points ∼27% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
11312 Points ∼25% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=174)
7011 Points ∼16% -75%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=185)
9099 ms * ∼100% -715%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
3575.4 ms * ∼39% -220%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
3496.3 ms * ∼38% -213%
Average Apple A10 Fusion (1026 - 1531, n=5)
1178 ms * ∼13% -6%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
1115.9 ms * ∼12%
Apple iPad 6 2018 (Safari Mobile 11.3)
1025.5 ms * ∼11% +8%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
643.5 ms * ∼7% +42%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
603 ms * ∼7% +46%

* ... smaller is better

Games - 60 FPS gaming? Almost

The iPad 7 2019 is a pleasure on which to game. Its large screen delivers an engrossing experience, while its touchscreen and accelerometer worked perfectly during our gaming tests. According to GameBench, the iPad 7 2019 averaged just under 60 FPS in "Arena of Valor" regardless of the graphics level, although framerates fluctuated wildly during our tests. Likewise, while "Asphalt 9: Legends" averaged a respectable 31.8 FPS, it fluctuate between 14 and 60 FPS. Overall, you should have no issues in daily use.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends
#new_benchmarks
0102030405060Tooltip
; Arena of Valor; min; 1.31.1341385: Ø56.7 (32-60)
; Arena of Valor; high HD; 1.31.1341385: Ø57.2 (40-60)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; 1.8.1: Ø31.8 (14-60)

Emissions - Cool to the touch and decent speakers

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The iPad 7 manages its surface temperatures well, with our review unit peaking at 36.8 °C (~98 °F) under sustained load. Only the area around the SoC gets this hot though, so you can expect the rest of the chassis to feel a lot cooler. In short, the tablet should always feel relatively cool even if you are pushing it to its limits.

We also ran several GFXBench battery tests to see how the device performed under sustained load. Our review unit throttled by around 10% in these tests, but this is nothing to worry about. You should experience no dropped frames in daily use.

Max. Load
 33.3 °C
92 F
36.6 °C
98 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 32.9 °C
91 F
33.2 °C
92 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
33.4 °C
92 F
36.8 °C
98 F
35 °C
95 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.8 °C
93 F
32.9 °C
91 F
34.2 °C
94 F
33.6 °C
92 F
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.2 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.7 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.5 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
Heatmap of the back of the device under load
Heatmap of the back of the device under load
Heatmap of the front of the device under load
Heatmap of the front of the device under load

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker-test
Pink Noise speaker-test

Our tests demonstrate that while the iPad 7 has louder speakers than its predecessor, the two share an almost identical frequency distribution. The two speakers sit on the same side of the tablet though, so you will only hear them create a stereo effect when holding the device in portrait mode.

Overall, audio produced by the speakers sounds clear and is loud enough for most environments. You could always connect external audio equipment via the 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth, though.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.944.72535.838.93133.536.14034.936.65036.137.2633131.98022.526.210023.93412521.543.416019.650.22001852.32501752.8315165640014.658.95001562.163017.965.180016.464.3100016.270125013.47016001572.8200014.569.5250014.167.1315013.862.3400014.164.8500014.366630013.975.2800014.573.81000014.2671250014.2551600014.460.2SPL63.127.181.6N17.30.951median 14.6median 64.3Delta1.86.132.73430.830.331.132.53435.832.432.129.23033.931.128.338.326.351.826.148.624.351.922.955.1225522.363.320.962.42060.519.363.218.959.918.562.317.962.217.862.817.669.317.864.717.761.717.659.317.666.217.861.317.856.717.759.217.862.130.875.71.537.2median 18.5median 61.32.33.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad 7 2019Apple iPad 6 2018
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad 7 2019 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple iPad 6 2018 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - An iPad with good battery life

Power Consumption

The iPad 7 consumes roughly as much power as its predecessor. This also puts it on par with other tablets. The Galaxy Tab S5e is more economical than our review unit, but this does not result in better battery life, as we shall discuss in the next section.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.2 / 6.7 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 11.3 / 12.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad 6 2018
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
7736 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
7040 mAh
Power Consumption
-5%
15%
10%
0%
43%
Idle Minimum *
2.2
2.2
-0%
2.18
1%
1.2
45%
3.3
-50%
2.07
6%
Idle Average *
6.7
7.8
-16%
6.4
4%
4.1
39%
4.2
37%
3.94
41%
Idle Maximum *
8.2
7.9
4%
6.43
22%
7.5
9%
7
15%
3.96
52%
Load Average *
11.3
12.6
-12%
7.48
34%
13.6
-20%
10.4
8%
4.07
64%
Load Maximum *
12.5
12.8
-2%
10.65
15%
15.2
-22%
13.8
-10%
5.73
54%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Since the battery capacity and SoC has remained unchanged from last year's iPad, we expect the iPad 7 2019 to replicate the runtimes of its predecessor in our battery life tests. While we expected that the slightly larger display and new OS may affect runtimes, the two devices achieved comparable results in our tests.

This also means that the iPad 7 2019 fares well against high-end Android tablets. Our review unit lasted for 11:47 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test before it needed recharging, for example, which is anywhere from 37 minutes to 1:24 hours longer than our Android comparison devices. Overall, you should get at least a full day's use out of the iPad 7 2019 between charges.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 46min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
13h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 16min
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad 6 2018
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
7736 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
7040 mAh
Battery Runtime
-3%
-0%
24%
-8%
9%
Reader / Idle
1486
1501
1%
2056
38%
1254
-16%
1263
-15%
H.264
802
684
-15%
982
22%
629
-22%
864
8%
WiFi v1.3
707
714
1%
738
4%
920
30%
670
-5%
623
-12%
Load
196
185
-6%
214
9%
208
6%
220
12%
300
53%

Pros

+ good battery life
+ high-quality aluminium chassis
+ decent cameras
+ Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
+ bright and colour accurate display
+ decent performance

Cons

- thick display bezels
- pricier than its predecessor
- comparatively slow Wi-Fi

Verdict - A gentle facelift for Apple's budget iPad

The Apple iPad 7 2019 tablet review.
The Apple iPad 7 2019 tablet review.

Is the iPad 7 2019 fun to use? In our opinion, yes, but a large part of that is because of the new iPadOS, rather than any significant hardware changes that Apple has made this year.

In short, the new iPad is a slightly larger version of the iPad 6 that supports the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The bigger and higher resolution panel makes a difference in our eyes and is a welcome change from the 9.7-inch display of classic iPads. However, there have been third-party iPad keyboards on the market for years, so Smart Keyboard support is not necessarily a reason to upgrade from the iPad 6 to the iPad 7. The Smart Keyboard, while being well-made, is also extremely expensive for a detachable keyboard

Little news in 2019: Apple's budget iPad remains a good tablet, but the iPad 7 is not worth an upgrade to if you own the iPad 6.

The iPad 7 and its predecessor have practically identical battery life, performance and speakers, though. They also share the same chassis, making the iPad 7 only an incremental upgrade over the iPad 6. The former is pricey too, with it starting at US$329. It is worth keeping in mind that US$329 will only get you the 32 GB Wi-Fi SKU, with Apple charging US$429 for the 128 GB Wi-Fi model. Moreover, it will cost US$170 more for LTE connectivity, bringing the most expensive model within US$50 of the 256 GB Wi-Fi iPad Air.

Nonetheless, the iPad 7 is a great home and school tablet that has plenty of power for all the apps on the App Store. Its premium design, pen support, well-optimised OS and a decent camera will still likely turn heads, though.

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?
Florian Schmitt, 2019-10- 5 (Update: 2019-10-24)
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