iPad (9th generation)
iPad (9th generation) in Space Gray
Also known asiPad (9th generation), iPad 10.2-inch, iPad 9, iPad (2021)
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Release dateSeptember 24, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-09-24)
Introductory priceUSD$329
Operating systemOriginal: iPadOS 15
Current: iPadOS 17.4.1, released March 21, 2024[1]
System on a chipApple A13 Bionic with 64-bit architecture and embedded motion co-processor
CPUHexa-core (2× Lightning and 4× Thunder)
Storage64 or 256 GB[a]
Display10.2 inches (260 mm) 2160 × 1620 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits max brightness (typical)[2]
GraphicsApple-designed quad-core
SoundStereo speakers
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer
CameraFront: 12 MP, 1080p HD, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Rear: 8.0 MP AF, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilization, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture
ConnectivityAll models:
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) with 2x2 MIMO; speeds up to 866 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi + cellular models:

  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Gigabit-class LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 71)
  • Data only
  • Wi-Fi calling
  • eSIM
Power32.4 W·h, up to 10 hours of battery life
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions250.6 mm (9.87 in) H
174.1 mm (6.85 in) W
7.5 mm (0.30 in) D
MassWi-Fi: 487 g (1.074 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 498 g (1.098 lb)
PredecessoriPad (8th generation)
SuccessoriPad (10th generation)

The iPad (9th generation),[3][4] (also referred to as the iPad 10.2-inch) is a tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple Inc. as the successor to the eighth-generation iPad. It was announced on September 14, 2021.


The ninth-generation iPad has the same design as the seventh- and eighth-generation iPads, although all color options now come with a black screen bezel, and the gold option has been removed. It is compatible with the Apple Pencil (1st generation), and the Smart Keyboard and Smart Connector for keyboard attachments.[5] It uses the A13 Bionic chip which was previously seen in the iPhone 11 in 2019, which Apple claims gives a 20% CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine increase in performance compared to its predecessor. It features a 10.2-inch Retina display identical to the previous models, with 1620 by 2160 pixels at a density of 264 PPI, and includes True Tone technology, meaning the display can adjust its color temperature based on the surrounding lighting temperature. A new 12 MP front camera (122 degree wide-angle)[6] is fitted in place of the 1.2 MP camera of previous models, which features Center Stage technology that detects the user and moves the camera view accordingly during video recording and calls. The rear 8 MP camera is from the earlier iPad Air 2. The base storage is doubled to 64 GB.[5] iPadOS 15 is pre-installed at release.[5]


The New York Times called the 9th-generation iPad "the best tablet for almost anyone" in 2022, praising its price, performance and features.[7] CNET gave it a 8.1/10, and praised the iPad for its performance and increased storage over its predecessor, however, criticizing it for its outdated design.[8]


Timeline of iPad models
iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Air (5th generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2iPad Mini (6th generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (1st generation)iPad (10th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (9th generation)iPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)

Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[9]


  1. ^ 1 GB = 1 billion bytes


  1. ^ "About iPadOS 17 Updates". Apple Support. iPadOS 17.4.1.
  2. ^ "Compare iPad models". apple.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "iPad 10.2-inch". Apple. Archived from the original on July 31, 2020. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  4. ^ "iPad (9th generation) – Technical Specifications". support.apple.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2021. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "iPad 10.2-inch – Technical Specifications". Apple. Archived from the original on September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "iOS 17 Review: StandBy Mode Changed My Relationship With My iPhone". CNET. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  7. ^ "The iPad Is the Best Tablet". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  8. ^ "Apple iPad 9th Gen Review: Low-Cost Option May Be Best Bet for Now". CNET. Retrieved December 11, 2023.
  9. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News – Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
Preceded byiPad (8th generation) iPad (9th generation) 2021 Succeeded byiPad (10th generation)