Apple Introduces Cheaper and New iPad As a Successor to The iPad Air 2
Apple has quietly announced the successor of the iPad Air 2. The new generation iPad – which is simply being named “iPad”, has the same screen size and design of the discontinued iPad Air 2, but does come with an updated system-on-a-chip and a larger battery. To make room for this larger battery, Apple has decided to go back to the enclosure of the original iPad Air which makes the new iPad somewhat thicker.
If we compare the numbers, the iPad Air 2 has a maximum thickness of 6.1 mm, while the new iPad without a name will measure at 7.5 millimeters. On the bright side, the new Apple A9 processor is more energy efficient than the previously-used Apple A8X and the battery capacity has been improved as well from 27.3 to 32.4 Wu. Apple hasn’t specified the weight of their latest tablet yet, but it is expected to be a tad heavier than the Air 2.
Remarkably, the new iPad comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, a feature that was omitted on the latest iPhone 7 devices. As mentioned above, the iPad will use the A9 soc, the same processor that’s being used in the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S smartphones. The chip is running at 1.85 GHz just like the smartphone versions and features a custom Apple-made dual-core design.
Regarding camera functionality, Apple has placed an 8-megapixel iSight camera at the back while the front camera can shoot 1.2 megapixels snaps.
Apple will start shipping the new iPad models starting this Friday, and the prices are a little bit cheaper than what the iPad Air 2 used to cost. Alongside the news of the new iPad models, Apple also announced an iPhone SE with 128 GB storage capacity and a new Project RED iPhone 7 color option.
A new iPad with 32 GB storage capacity will cost $329 for the 32 GB option and costs $429 if you pick the version with more storage capacity at 128 GB. Wi-Fi plus cellular LTE options are also available and cost $459 and $559 for the 32 and 128 GB models, respectively. You’ll be able to purchase the new tablets in Silver, Gold and Space Grey color options.