Apple has released a brand new 9.7″ iPad model at the center of its tablet range, which replaces the incumbent iPad Air 2 which was released in late 2014.
Let the headlines scream it: The iPad Air 2 is dead!
While we’ve loved using Apple’s iPad Air series, the line has recently fallen into obscurity beneath the wave of releases under the ‘Pro’ moniker. Subsequently, Apple has decided to kill the range and return to form with one central offering: a new, 9.7″ iPad.
As with the new red iPhone 7, Apple released its new iPad quietly over the web on Tuesday the 22nd of March. The model is now the premier point of entry for consumers seeking an Apple-made tablet, and will retail for $329 USD.
Irony persists in the fact that Apple’s new tablet is now, in fact, cheaper than the iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399 USD for 128GB of storage. The introduction of Apple’s new tablet also spelled death for the iPad Mini 2, which itself was released in late 2013.
The device sports few design alterations over the Air models which preceded it, and lacks a True Tone display as well as support for Apple’s Smart Connector, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard.
Early rumours predicted that Apple had plans to release a near bezel-less tablet as part of its tablet revamp, though it would seem that either the rumour was incorrect or Apple has proceeded to delay the launch of the unit to tie in with the introduction of a similar iPhone model.
The new device arrives in Silver, Gold, and Space Grey, and is expected to be available from March 24th onwards.
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