CNET First Look
Apple's new iPad is cheaper, faster and brighterBut it also misses out on forward-looking tablet features like stylus support and quad speakers.
[MUSIC] The iPad has been around since 2010. Over the years has gone from being a status symbol to just another digital tool competing with [INAUDIBLE] size phones and hybrid PC's for our attention. That's why I'm surprised that I'm as excited as I am about this new 2017 model. A 9.7 inch tablet simply called iPad. It drops all the honorifics, Air, Pro, Mini. It's not the bells and whistles flagship, but it's the one you're actually most likely to get the best value out of. That's because of the price. It starts at 329, which is much less than the iPad Air 2 it replaces. This new model is basically built into an iPad Air one body, so it's slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad Air two. You'd probably have to put them side by side to notice, but in person, there's a definite difference. The screen is also brighter and I find myself spending most of my iPad time on video viewing through Netflix, YouTube, and other IOS apps. That's been a huge strength of the iPad from the very beginning and it's still a great personal media player. Inside there's an upgraded processor going from the A8X chip to the new A9 chip and definitely faster than the Air 2 which is great if you're into iPad games. If you need a tablet to be an all day, everyday, full time computing and communications device Then by all means strongly consider dropping a more laptop-like chunk of cash on an iPad Pro and it's accessories. But if you're looking for an iPad that excels at traditional iPad like things, such as video, games, web-surfing, and ebooks, this is a great value and should be the default first iPad you consider. [MUSIC]