Apple upgrades its 9.7" iPad and slices price to $329


— 8:38 AM on March 21, 2017

Apple quietly updated its entry-level 9.7" iPad this morning. The new iPad—called, simply, iPad—replaces the Air 2 at the base of the full-size iPad lineup. The new slate offers the same A9 SoC found in the iPhone 6S, a 2048x1536 Retina display, a claimed 10 hours of battery life, and 32GB of storage for $329. That's a significant slice off the Air 2's $399 base price. 128GB models start at $429.

The new iPad also offers an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.4 lens, capable of 1920x1080 video recording at 30 FPS or 120-FPS slow-motion. A 1.2MP selfie shooter resides on the front of the device, and it can perform HDR capture and 720p video recording. Apple will sell the new iPad with 802.11ac wireless connectivity only or with an LTE radio inside for on-the-go connectivity. LTE models will start at $459. All iPads will be available in silver, gold, or space gray.

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