Apple Introduces New, Cheaper 9.7-Inch iPad

On Tuesday, Apple announced a new version of its 9.7-inch iPad, and they decided to call it the “iPad”.. An odd naming choice that’s sure to cause some confusion in the short term, but we’ll let it slide, because there’s alot to like about the new iPad!

The updated iPad sports a 9.7-inch Retina display, 64-bit A9 chip, 8MP HD cameras, Touch ID, Wi-Fi and LTE, and 10 hours of battery life. And best of all? It starts at just $329 for a 32GB model ($429 for the 128GB model).

I’ve been using my trusty iPad 2 32GB LTE for years now, trying to get the most out of my $799 expenditure. But over time, it’s gotten slower and slower, to the point where it’s almost unusable anymore. But I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $$ on an iPad Air 2.

The specs on the new iPad are VERY similar, but with a price point that makes it accessible to pretty much anyone. This is huge, as Apple should be able to pick up a lot of new customers who have been put off by their high prices, along with people like me who can finally justify upgrading because the cost isn’t so great.

My only complaint? I wish they offered a 64GB version for $379, as my 32GB iPad is always at capacity, but I don’t want to drop an extra $100 for the 128GB when I really only need another 10GB or so to hold movies and other stuff. 🙁

Will you be purchasing the new iPad?


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