Apple on Tuesday unveiled a long list of new products and services: , the and the launch dates and pricing for the and services. Perhaps a little lost in all that, the company also wedged in announcement, too.
The new seventh-generation iPad features a wider 10.2-inch screen, compared to the previous model's 9.7 inches, and a connector for Apple's Smart Keyboard case. Note, however, that it features the same A10 processor -- which first appeared in 2016's iPhone 7 ($184 at Amazon) -- as the previous 9.7-inch model.
The new iPad won't be available in stores until Sept. 30, but Apple and authorized resellers are already taking preorders. If you're in the market for the most affordable full-size tablet in 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 storage 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 that had 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 also 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 slight bit of extra screen real estate, the new model and the previous one look to be almost interchangeable -- so we wouldn't pay more than $250 for the 32GB version of either of them. To that end, don't buy without consulting.
Where can I get one?
Apple's new iPad was available for preorder immediately from Apple following its announcement. In the following 2 days, preorders have also popped up at most authorized Apple retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, B&H and Best Buy. Preorders will begin arriving Sept. 30.
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Will it have a new OS?
Published earlier, updated to include preorder links at additional retailers.