New 9.7-inch iPad Specifications and Features
The 9.7-inch iPad supports super-high resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Since it is an entry-level tablet, it does not offer features like True Tone display, wide-gamut color, ProMotion (120 Hz response rate) and so on that are found on high-end iPad Pro tablets. However, the screen offers enough real estate for browsing the web, watching movies, playing games and reading.
The 9.7-inch iPad that was released last year was powered by Apple A9 chipset. However, the successor model is driven by Apple A10 Fusion that features a quad-core processor that clocks at 2.2 GHz. It is the very same chipset that fuels the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The new chipset supports better graphics and users can also run AR apps on it. The SoC is coupled with 2 GB of RAM.
The new tablet from Apple features an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with f/2.4 aperture. There is no flash for it, but it is capable at recording full HD videos. The front panel of the device is fitted with a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The front camera can be used as Retina Flash to light up the display while shooting from the front.
The iPad Pro models come in 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB storage models, but the iPad models come in 32 GB and 128 GB storage variants. Each of the storage model is available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + LTE models.
As mentioned above, it is the first iPad model to support Apple Pencil. The new iPad official supports Logitech Crayon pen that carries a pricing of $49. Its pressure sensitivity is nowhere close to Apple Pencil, but it offers the same kinds of features. One should be aware of the fact that the Logitech Crayon will be only available in schools.
For schools, it includes the latest version of iWork productivity apps. It features tools designed for schools. It also brings along 200 GB of free iCloud storage compared to 5 GB storage for regular customers.
The new iPad measures 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm and it weighs 470grams. Its body is made out of metal. Its other features include GPS, compass, gyroscope and accelerometer.
9.7-inch iPad Price and Release Date
The Wi-Fi only 9.7-inch iPad with 32 GB of storage is priced at $329. Its Wi-Fi + LTE model is priced at $459. The Wi-Fi only 128 GB 9.7-inch iPad costs $4429 and its Wi-Fi + LTE variant has a price tag of $559. Each of these models are available with $30 discount for schools. Also, the Apple Pencil that usually sells for $99 will be available at a reduced price of $89 for students.
The new 9.7-inch iPad is available for pre-orders starting from today. A week later it will be coming to markets like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the US.
India, Russia, Thailand and Turkey and some others belong to the second batch of markets that will be receiving the new 9.7-inch iPad in the next month. At the beginning of May, it will be available in South Korea and rest of the world.