Apple quietly announced via press release this morning that it would be replacing not any of its top-end iPads, just its two-year-old midrange iPad Air 2.
The company’s new mainstream 9.7-inch tablet, called simply “iPad,” includes an Apple A9 SoC (not an A9X), but its most exciting feature is its starting price of $329, $70 less than the previous starting price of the Air 2.
The tablet will be available to order starting March 24 and will begin shipping next week.
At that price, it actually appears that you take a step back from the design used for the Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
At 1.03 pounds (469g) and 0.29-inches (7.5mm) thick, the tablet is actually almost identical in size to the original iPad Air, not the Air 2. Hopefully this doesn’t also mean that the screen or any other aspect of the tablet is also taking a step backward, but we’ll have to wait to get one in our hands to know for sure.
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