This morning Apple quietly announced a new iPad in the familiar 9.7-inch form factor, yet this one has a significantly reduced price tag.
Starting at $329, it’s significantly more affordable than the $599 starting point for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The reduced-price device will come in silver, gold, and space gray, having 32 GB and 128 GB storage options. At 7.5 mm thick, it’s also slightly fatter than its big brother, measuring in at 6.1 mm.
If you’re someone who really digs the Apple Pencil, the brand’s tablet stylus, we have some bad news: This new iPad does not work with it. For that, you’ll need to spring for the more expensive iPad Pro. The iPad Pro remains the faster, higher-performing device, as its A9X chip is Apple’s latest and greatest. If you want something to use as a primary computing device (or simply want to have the latest and greatest), go for the iPad Pro.
The cheaper iPad will be powered by an A9 chip, which first appeared in iPhones in 2015, making it perfectly suitable for a wide variety of professional and recreational tablet needs. You don’t need to spend big money to enjoy a worthwhile tablet, and it would seem that Apple’s finally answering that call.
It’s available for order beginning on March 24. If you’ve ever wanted an iPad without having to come to terms on spending a big chunk of change, then this is the one to get.