Apple quietly announces new $329 iPad: Everything you need to know

Apple Store is back again after a maintenance break, and it has announced a new cheaper iPad, going on sale Friday for $329. Apple discontinued the iPad Air 2 and replaced it with this product and is simply called as “iPad.”

To enable the lower price point, Apple used older internals for the iPad; it features an A9 chip and a crisper 9.7-inch Retina display. The seamless and aesthetic design comes from an aluminum unibody construction. However, it is more thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2, weighing 453 grams and measuring 7.5mm in thickness.

iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display which packs a resolution of 2048 x 1536 plus a pixel density of 264ppi. Beneath the screen, it runs iOS 10 which is claimed to be the world’s most advanced mobile OS by Apple. The device is powered by a 64-bit Apple’s A9 chip with an embedded M9 coprocessor in it.

Optics-wise, an 8-megapixel shooter with a f/2.4 aperture, Auto image stabilization, and Face detection is on the rear, while a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera is on the front. A fingerprint identity sensor dubbed “Touch ID” by Apple is built into the home button. Built-in 32.4-watt-hour battery renders upto 10 hours of battery life while surfing the web using Wi-Fi and 9 hours while using cellular data network.

It will be available in two variants–Wi-Fi model and Wi-Fi + Cellular model–and color options include Silver, Gold, and Space Grey. The 32GB Wi-Fi model has been priced at $329, and the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model costs $459.

Per Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing: “iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies, to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable.”

The new iPad will go on sale in a couple of days, order starting at 8:01 a.m. PDT on Friday, March 24th.


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