With overall tablet sales dwindling, it’s no surprise it’s taken Apple such a long time to come out with a successor to the iPad Air 2. Dropping the “Air” monicker, the new iPad 9.7 Inch seemingly takes a few steps back. Instead of going thinner or at least maintaining the current 6.1mm thickness of the iPad Air 2, it goes back to 7.5mm, similar to the first iPad Air. It’s also heavier at 469 grams for the WiFi only model instead of 437 grams.
The 9.7 inch iPad can still be considered an upgrade though. Though its A9 chip is technically from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it’s still an improvement over the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.
The new 9.7 inch iPads also have a more affordable starting price versus their predecessors. The 32GB WiFi-only model goes for just $329 while the cellular 32GB model goes for $459.
iPad 9.7 Inch Specs
- 9.7 inch QXGA IPS display (1536 x 2048 resolution, 264ppi), protected by scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
- Apple A9 chipset
- 1.84GHz dual core processor
- PowerVR GT7600 GPU
- iOS 10.3
- 2GB RAM
- 32/128GB internal storage options, non-expandable
- 8mp rear autofocus camera, f/2.4 aperture
- 1.2mp front camera
- WiFi-only or WiFi + 4G/LTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS (WiFi + cellular model only)
- Fingerprint sensor
- 8,610mAh battery
[Via: The Verge]