Apple revamps its iPad lineup as its annual product occasion kicks off.

Apple on Tuesday launched the new model of its entry-level $300 iPad with a ten.2 inch display screen.

At its annual product occasion, which the corporate holds to set the stage for its vacation gross sales, the iPad was the primary gadget to be showcased. The new pill emphasizes video calls, a preferred use for the units in the course of the pandemic. The new model consists of improved cameras and particular software program to make video calls extra nice by detecting people and robotically following their actions.

Apple additionally up to date the iPad Mini, its smaller $500 pill, giving it a new design and bigger, brighter display screen. It now consists of flat edges, matching the aesthetic of newer iPhones, and the house button was eliminated to make extra room for the 8.3-inch show.

The new tablets be part of an already crowded iPad portfolio. The firm now presents 5 fashions of the iPad in varied display screen sizes with costs starting from $300 to $2,400.

The iPad has been Apple’s fastest-growing product phase over the previous 12 months, as extra people purchased the machine while having to work, study and socialize from residence in the course of the pandemic. Apple earned $30.4 billion from iPad gross sales within the 12 months ending June 30, up 41 p.c over the identical interval a yr earlier.

Jack Nicas contributed reporting.

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