On Tuesday, Apple silently took down its online store which, if history were to repeat itself, could only mean one thing: New hardware was coming.
When the store came back up, users were presented with three new goodies: A new set of Apple Watch bands, a Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a refresh of its core 9.7-inch iPad, which will be available on March 24. While the updated iPad is not a groundbreaking change, its new features offer a nice set of tools for a lower price. In fact, Apple is starting these models at $329, or "its most affordable price ever," according to the company.
Here are the core features and specifications for the new Apple iPad.
The refreshed iPad's 9.7-inch Retina display is a familiar form factor. This model offers 2048x1536 resolution and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. It's available in the silver, gold, and space gray colorways, with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPad is 7.5-millimeters thick and, yes, it still has the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
2. Power and connectivity
Like many of the models that came before it, the recently-refreshed iPad has both a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular model available. The cellular models are available with service from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and GigSky. Bluetooth 4.2 is available on all models as well.
The 32.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery boasts up to 10 hours of battery life when using Wi-Fi, which could make it a solid option for business travelers. These iPads are charged via an included Lightning cable.
3. Storage and processor
Storage options are limited on the base model, with users only able to select between 32GB and 128GB. The 64-bit A9 processor (with embedded M9 coprocessor) powers the refreshed iPads, and it is the same processor that debuted with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus back in late 2015. So, if you need more power than the iPhone 6S is capable of, you may want to look elsewhere.
4. Additional hardware
For photos, an 8MP camera offers common features like autofocus and panorama. On the front of the iPad, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera records 720p HD video with face detection and more. The refreshed iPad works with a Nano‑SIM.
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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.