The new Apple iPad 9.7-inch can last longer than ten hours. True story!

In fact, if you tweak a few settings, it can last all week.

Now, let's be clear about what "all week" means. If you add up the cumulative time the iPad runs, it's normally around 10 hours. In my tests, I was able to stretch that time to more like 14 hours after two separate weeks of testing (and charging only once).

By "all week" I mean the device won't last 168 hours. I mean, at more like 14 hours of total usage time and following a few simple best practices, you can trust that the new model will work whenever you need it, as long as you understand the best way to use it.

Here's what to do...

1. Pick your apps wisely

During my tests, I experimented with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch model, which is my go-to tablet. I have every app under the sun loaded on that model, from Facebook to Instagram to Spotify. I use it for reading books and magazines, but also as a productivity tablet with a keyboard. On the new iPad 9.7-inch, I only loaded reading apps and the Google Chrome browser. That's it. I went elemental, and if you want to extend the battery, you'll need to do the same. Every app tends to use processor power, and you might have to constantly shut them down and disable notifications if you keep loading apps. But what if you don't ever load any new apps? With nothing but the Books app, a magazine app called Texture, and the browser, I never had to manage any apps or notifications, and that made all of the difference. And, the Chrome browser still provided access to email.

2. Keep it somewhat stationary

The new iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and costs $329. It uses two separate chips, one called the A9 for processing power and one called the M9 for tracking your motion. They work in conjunction to give you the best experience on the iPad, but you have to know a bit about what's happening on the device to extend battery life. The M9 collects data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass--it processes this data separately from the main A9 processor. I don't claim to know anything about the engineering that went into these processors. I can tell you one thing: The iPad 9.7 stayed in my office all week. With the iPad Pro, I brought it with me everyday driving in a car, working at coffee-shops, and on a plane. The iPad Pro never made it more than two days on a charge. The iPad 9.7 lasted all week. You just have to minimize how much you move it around, and disable some of the motion-tracking sensors, the location-finding features, and anything else related to getting too mobile with the iPad. It's a different mindset.

3. Use the cover (no, really)

OK, this is not exactly a technical tip, but then again--it's surprising how many iPad users go slim and lean without a cover. That's not smart. The cover that came with the iPad 9.7-inch is a battery saver because it means, when I'm done using the tablet, I close the cover and the screen dims...and stays dim. With the iPad Pro, I don't use a cover as often, and every notification that pops up turns the screen on. With the cover, you're making sure that doesn't happen and the screen stays dim at all times. Apple makes a ton of covers, you just have to remember to always close it and make that a habit.

That's it! You can expect much longer battery life if you follow these tips.