Apple Unveils New 9.7-Inch iPad – Thicker, Heavier and Cheaper Than iPad Air 2
iPad enthusiasts wanting to see the newest slate lineup from Apple are not going to be disappointed because the tech giant has unveiled a brand new product. The 9.7-inch tablet is called the 'iPad' and actually features very powerful hardware at a very affordable price tag.
New 9.7-inch iPad features a Retina Display and goes on sale this Friday
The display of the new 9.7-inch iPad is able to display over 3.1 million pixels for the ultimate immersion experience when it comes to viewing images, video and other forms of media consumption. Apple’s Phil Schiller states the following on what you can do with the company’s newest tablet.
“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. New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, our powerful A9 chip, and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it.”
Both the back and rear-facing cameras can deliver exceptional low-light performance when capturing images and video, making it ideal for FaceTime with your friends and family in dimly illuminated surroundings. Handling all the tasks will be the company’s A9 chipset and yes before you ask, it is the same one present in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. What’s more is that the new 9.7-inch iPad features the company’s Touch ID fingerprint reader so not only can you unlock the tablet to access its contents, you can securely make transactions through Apple Pay using that fingerprint reader.
Apple's new iPad replaces the $399 iPad Air 2, however, it's certainly not an upgrade. While it's cheaper, it is also thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2. Compared to Air 2's 6.1mm thickness and 0.96 pounds weight, the new iPad will feel bulky, measuring at 7.5mm and weighing 1.03 pounds.
The tablet is going to be available starting March 24, Friday and will be available in the 32GB and 32GB + cellular models. The regular version is going to cost you $329, while the one that features an LTE modem is going to set you back by $459. Keep in mind that this is going to replace the iPad Air 2 so you will have a better display and more processing power at your fingertips. Also, if you are willing to pay $100 extra, then you can make the jump to a 128GB model as well. That's entirely your call, though.
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