Apple launched a new 9.7-inch iPad overnight, equipped with an A9 chip and a brighter Retina display to replace the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued. Called “iPad,” this new tablet is Apple’s new entry-level model at the 9.7-inch size, starting at $AU469 for 32GB. The only other option (apart from colours) is 128GB at $AU599.
The new 9.7-inch iPad is outwardly similar in most aspects to the iPad Air 2 but is slightly thicker and heavier with a chip upgrade from the A8 to the faster A9 and a brighter Retina display. Another difference is that the new 9.7-inch iPad does not appear to have a fully laminated display or anti-reflective coating from the tech specs.
Other specs include:
2,048‑by‑1,536 resolution, 264 PPI 9.7-inch screen
8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera
1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera
3.5mm headphone jack
Touch ID with Apple Pay
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.2.
Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Stated.
“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.”
Given its price point, the tablet lacks most iPad Pro features, including a True Tone display with a wide P3 colour gamut, Smart Connector, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, 4K HD video recording, LTE Advanced, Live Photos, True Tone flash, and four-speaker audio.
The new 9.7-inch iPad is available to order beginning Friday, March 24 from Apple.com, (apple.com/au in Australia) and starts delivering to customers and arriving next week in Apple Stores, select carriers, and at Apple Authorised Resellers in Australia, the United States and more than 20 countries and regions.
The March 24 launch will include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey, and other countries will follow in April. Brazil and Taiwan, among others, will follow in May.
Ming-Chi Kuo Successfully forecasts again.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo accurately rumoured this low-cost 9.7-inch iPad in August 2016.