Apple announced a new iPad with minimal fanfare; the news came through a press release, rather than the usual launch event we’ve come to expect. The new iPad is effectively a sequel to 2014’s iPad Air 2, although Apple appears to have killed the ‘Air’ naming convention – no iPad Air 3, folks.
“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.
iPad Pro 2 is a 2017 refresh of the world’s most popular tablet. It is an update to the iPad Air 2, which was launched back in 2014. iPad (2017) is the most affordable iPad ever and features a brighter screen and the more powerful A9 chipset.
The new iPad (2017) comes in three colours options – Silver, Gold, and Space Gray – with pre-orders set to go live from Friday, March 24. You’ll be able to place orders through Apple.com, or purchase one in-store from “next week” in the UK and the USA.
Here’s how the new 9.7-inch iPad pricing breaks down:
- iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi) – £339/$329
- iPad (32GB, LTE) – £469/$459
- iPad (128GB, Wi-Fi) – £429/$429
- iPad (128GB, LTE) – £559/$559
There are also polyurethane Smart Covers for the new iPad that start from $39 in the US. You’ll be able to pick these up in the following colour options: Charcoal Gray, White, Midnight Blue, Pink Sand, and (RED).
iPad Pro 2 (2017) Key Specs & Features
- 9.7-inch Touch Display, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
- 1.85GHz dual-core Apple A9 Chipset with 2GB RAM
- iOS 10
- 32GB or 128GB Built-in Storage
- 8MP Rear Camera and 1.2MP Front Camera
- 4G LTE (Optional)
- Fingerprint Sensor (Front)
- Up to 10 hours Battery Life