In a bid to boost its tablet sales, Apple is today introducing a significantly cheaper variant of its 9.7-inch iPad. The new model starts at just $329 and features the 64-bit A9 chip (instead of the A9X) which they launched back in 2015 during the iPhone 6S launch.
The new 9.7-inch iPad comes with the company’s signature Retina display capable of generating 3.1 million pixels and is wrapped with an aluminium unibody which weighs merely a pound. Apple says, it can last an entire day on a single charge. There are two cameras, one on the back and another on the front, both of which can record HD videos. Surprisingly, Apple has also managed to include TouchID fingerprint sensor housed under the home button. For software, the new iPad obviously runs on the latest iOS 10 with support for multitasking features including Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture. The most apparent reason we can think of behind Apple naming this “iPad” is probably because of the fact that it doesn’t the external keyboard and Apple Pencil its beefier siblings boast about.
“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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.”
The new iPad will be available in three color options – silver, gold and space gray and it starts at a price of $329 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model (the 9.7-inch iPad starts at $599 for the 16GB ) and $459 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + 4G Cellular model. It will be accessible to order beginning Friday, March 24 from Apple’s official website, sales for which commence next week in Apple stores. The company also mentions that the iPad will arrive in other twenty countries including India, UK, Russia and more sometime in April.