Apple today announced a new 9.7-inch iPad model to replace the ageing iPad Air 2 as the company’s entry-level offering. The tablet has simply been dubbed the “iPad” and features a design that is similar to the now discontinued iPad Air 2.
While the iPad Air 2 was powered by an Apple A8X SoC inside, the new model runs on the more powerful A9 SoC. The display resolution remains the same at 2048 x 1536, but Apple claims the display on the “new iPad” is brighter than the one on the iPad Air 2. It also happens to be marginally thicker as well as heavier in terms of size.
Rest of the key specs include an 8MP iSight camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens, 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, two speakers, Touch ID with Apple Pay support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, and a Lightning connector.
The new 9.7-inch iPad model will be available starting March 24 via Apple.com as well as at various Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Some other markets such as Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and Turkey will be getting the new model in May.
In the US, the new iPad will start at $329 for the base 32GB variant and $429 for the 128GB variant. Apple also announced that the iPad Mini 4 with 128GB of internal storage will now cost $399, as the 32GB model is being discontinued.