The new seventh-generation iPad features a 10.2-inch screen, compared to the previous model's 9.7-inch, and a connector for Apple's Smart Keyboard case. Note, however, that same A10 processor – which first appeared in 2016's iPhone 7 ($ 200 at Walmart) – as the previous 9.7-inch model.
The new iPad will not be available in stores until Sept. 30, but Apple is already taking preorders. If you're in the market for the most affordable full-size tablet on Apple's line, here's how to get your hands on one.
7th-gen iPad pricing
Apple's new iPad starts at $ 329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and $ 459 for the LTE-enabled 32GB cellular model. Bumping up to 128GB adds $ 100 to the total cost of each configuration. Education discounts get the entry-level price to $ 300.
In the UK, iPads start at £ 349, with LTE models starting at £ 479. In Australia, prices start at AU $ 529 and AU $ 689 for LTE.
What's the difference between this and the 6th gen 9.7-inch model from 2018?
Not much. As mentioned above, the larger 10.2-inch Retina display, which replaces the 9.7-inch screen, has been in use since the first-gen iPad in 2010. The new iPad now has a dock connector for Apple's $ 159 Smart Keyboard case, but both Models appear to have the same A10 processor. If you're happy with your 9.7-inch model, you should be in no hurry to upgrade.
Will the price of this one drop to $ 250?
Time will tell, but that has been the de facto price of the 9.7-inch iPad since soon after it launched in March 2018. And aside from that, the new one and the previous one look to be almost interchangeable – so we would not pay more than $ 250 for the 32GB version of either of them..
Where can I get one?
Apple's new iPad is available for preorder immediately from Apple. Preorders wants to begin arriving Sept. 30, when the devices become available in stores. So, B & H and Best Buy now have the new 10.2-inch models listed on their websites. Apple retailers, including Amazon, Target and Walmart, between now and Sept. 30.
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Will it have a new OS?
iPadOS 13 Apple's latest update to its mobile operating system specifically tailored to iPads. Models from the old iPad Air ($ 140 at Amazon) More from the Apple event
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