The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 2 is Dead! Long Live the new iPad!
If you’ve been frustrated with Apple’s horrendous iPad naming convention, there’s some good news for you. At a non-event yesterday, Apple announced the Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and along with it knocked off a couple of iPads – specifically, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 2.
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Apple also announced a new 9.7 inch iPad and the good news is that its now called the iPad. What’s even better is that it is now available at a super affordable price of $329. We have all the details on the new iPad lineup for you so if you’re interested in learning whether its finally time to buy that iPad, read on.
All Hail the New iPad!
The world’s most popular iPad just got better. The 9.7 iPad is available in three colors – Silver, Gold, and Space Grey and starts off with 32GB of storage. The price – an oh-so-affordable $329.
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The new iPad doesn’t really feature all-new components though. And that’s the price compromise you have to live with. It sports the A9 chip while the 9.7-inch Retina display is now a whole lot brighter. It also offers Touch ID, FaceTime cameras on the front and rear and 10 hours of battery life, which is awesome.
But there is no support for the Apple Pencil and it is not compatible with the Smart Keyboard (Is it worth buying a Smart keyboard?) either. Its also about 20% thicker (7.5 mm) than the Air 2 at 6.1mm thickness. Naturally, its also a tad heavier, at 1.03 pounds compared to the .96 pounds of the Air 2.
But what is most disappointing is the absence of a fully laminated display, which can make a huge difference in screen quality. Also note that the anti-reflective coating that comes with the iPad Air 2 is NOT AVAILABLE on the new iPad.
The new iPad goes on sale at Apple.com this Friday March 24th. It will start shipping next week in more than 20 countries. In India, the new iPad is priced at Rs 28,900 for the 32GB/Wi-Fi model and Rs 39,900 for the 32GB Wi-Fi/ Cellular variant. Availability details are awaited although it looks like it will give India a miss in April.
iPad Mini 4 Gets Better Storage
Along with the announcement of the new iPad, Apple also announced the end of the road for the iPad Mini 2. That leaves us with just one mini, that’s the iPad Mini 4. Not one to be left out, the iPad Mini 4 features better storage at 128GB. The WiFi variant will cost $399 while the Cellular variant costs $529.
The iPad Mini used to be the cheapest entry to the Apple ecosystem until now. Instead, the honor goes to the new iPad. I’m not sure why Apple even bothered with the Mini since the specs on the new iPad (bigger and sharper display and faster A9 chip) and its cheaper price point (almost $70 less!) makes it a much more noteworthy buy.
Check out the new iPad 2017 variant at Apple.com.