Apple Announces New 9.7-Inch IPad At $329, Replaces IPad Air 2 And Goes On Sale Friday

Apple has today released a new cheaper iPad, replacing the iPad Air 2, simply called ‘iPad.’ The new iPad starts at $329, comes in three colors, and has 32GB of base storage.

The $329 iPad features older components, with a lower price point. It features an A9 chip with an improved Retina display. It however does not support the Apple Pencil or include a Smart Connector like the “iPad Pro” line does. The company also increased the storage of the iPad mini.

Apple SVP Phil Schiller says that the new iPad will appeal to new users and old iPad owners looking for a new tablet.

The $329 iPad replaces the old iPad Air 2, which retailed for $399, making it $70 cheaper. The new iPad sports an A9 chip whereas the iPad Air 2 had an A8X.

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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.”

The new iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray color options in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular. It goes on sale in a couple days via and will begin arriving in Apple retail stores next week.

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