Apple is Launching a Cheaper New iPad

Apple is Launching a Cheaper New iPad

Apple is launching a new 9.7-inch iPad that will start at $329, making it significantly less expensive than the $599 iPad Pro of the same size. It's available to order starting March 24 and will be in Apple Stores next week.

The new iPad differs from its pricier sibling in several ways: To start, it runs on the company's A9 processor, not the Pro's beefier A9X chipset, and it isn't compatible with accessories like the Apple Pencil or SmartKeyboard. While the forthcoming iPad's screen has the same 2,048 x 1,536 resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it's not fully laminated and does not feature an anti-reflective coating like the company's other tablets. The new iPad is also missing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's sharper camera and 4K video capabilities as well, offering an 8-megapixel camera versus the Pro's 12-megapixel shooter and 1080p video recording instead. The table only has two speakers instead of the Pro's four.

Still, the tablet will be plenty powerful for those who intend to browse the web, check email, stream Netflix and play games, which is to say most people. Apple has been pushing the iPad Pro more for those who intend to use their tablet for creative and professional work, like photo and film editing, which are tasks that can require more processing power and a better camera. Despite its cheaper price, the new 9.7-inch iPad should be faster and more capable than Apple's older iPad Air 2, which runs on a dated A8 processor versus the A9. In fact, the new iPad will replace the iPad Air 2, which is no longer present on Apple's website.

Read more: http://time.com/4707774/apple-new-ipad/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

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