Right now, you can buy the 2019 iPad for $229 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy ($249), a full $100 off the regular $329 price tag.When you buy something using the links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Here's how it works . You can also support our reporting and reviewing by purchasing a 1-year print + digital WIRED subscription for $5 (Cyber Week Discount) .
Is the iPad for You?WIRED: It would have been nice if Apple had bumped the processing power a little for the 2019 release (it still uses the A10 Fusion processor), but we do like the small .5-inch bump in screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 (this one is half an inch taller). That increased size makes room for the Smart Connector hookup so you can use an Apple Keyboard.TIRED: The only real downside is that this model has a slightly larger air gap (space between glass and screen) than the iPad Air, Mini, and Pro, so it isn't our top choice for drawing with the Pencil, though it is compatible and works just fine.
It's also worth bearing in mind that this is not a good choice for more processor-intensive tasks like editing photos, making movies, or recording with GarageBand. While you can do all that on this iPad, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will offer a much faster, smoother experience. For example, if editing photos in Lightroom is your primary use case you're better off spending the extra money on an iPad Pro.WIRED's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Coverage
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App Expose, the macOS feature which shows you all of your open apps, will soon work on the iPad. The Files app will have a column view, with a preview window, similar to the way Finder works on the Mac. The iPadOS demo at WWDC reached a kind of crescendo when a virtual thumb drive appeared on the giant screen behind Federighi, illustrating that the Files app on iPad will now recognize external drives and devices.