New $329 2017 Apple iPad with A9 processor now shipping, arriving March 30

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in iPad edited March 27
The first batch of 2017 iPads ordered on Friday have shipped from Apple's warehouses, with recipients getting arrival notifications for as soon as March 30.




Announced on March 21, as part of several announcements, The 2017 iPad comes the A9 processor, 32- and 128-gigabyte storage options, and wi-fi or wi-fi + Cellular connectivity options. Silver, gold, and space gray colors are available.

The product also has an 8 megapixel rear camera without a flash, and a 1.2-megapixel 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Other features include support for Touch ID and the international Apple SIM format, which can make it easier to switch data plans. Active battery life is rated at about 10 hours, the same as the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. The display has a 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution, matching the 9.7-inch Pro and the now displaced iPad Air 2.

Pricing starts at $329 for 32GB of storage with wi-fi only, ranging up to $559 for 128GB and 4G. Apple authorized resellers B&H and Adorama are offering $10 instant discounts on the new iPad models with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Retail sales will begin at some point this week in 20 regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. Various other markets including Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey, and will get the new iPad in April, with the remaining countries that Apple services seeing it arrive in May.

Apple is also selling polyurethane Smart Covers for $39, in colors including gray, white, blue, pink, and (Product)Red.

The new 2017 iPad seems intended to maintain differentiation between the non-pro iPads and the entry-level product. It is the least expensive way to enter the iPad ecosystem, with the 128GB iPad mini 4 retailing for $399.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    sflagelsflagel Posts: 520member
    I am confused about UK pricing where a 128 GB iPad mini is now £ 419; and the larger more powerful 128 GB iPad is only £429. . 
  • Reply 2 of 8
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 2,924member
    Yup, got my notice yesterday. Original promise date was 4/4-4/5. Love the way Apple under promises and over delivers. Wouldn't it be nice if the president worked that way?
  • Reply 3 of 8
    SoliSoli Posts: 2,817member
    sflagel said:
    I am confused about UK pricing where a 128 GB iPad mini is now £ 419; and the larger more powerful 128 GB iPad is only £429. . 
    What's confusing about it?
  • Reply 4 of 8
    sflagelsflagel Posts: 520member
    Soli said:
    sflagel said:
    I am confused about UK pricing where a 128 GB iPad mini is now £ 419; and the larger more powerful 128 GB iPad is only £429. . 
    What's confusing about it?

    Wasn't the price difference more than £ 10 in the past? 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    SoliSoli Posts: 2,817member
    sflagel said:
    Soli said:
    sflagel said:
    I am confused about UK pricing where a 128 GB iPad mini is now £ 419; and the larger more powerful 128 GB iPad is only £429. . 
    What's confusing about it?
    Wasn't the price difference more than £ 10 in the past? 
    It was, but the entry-level 10" iPad had a significant drop in price with the update.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Yup, got my notice yesterday. Original promise date was 4/4-4/5. Love the way Apple under promises and over delivers. Wouldn't it be nice if the president worked that way?

    You might want to double check your delivery estimate.  Mine was supposed to be delivered today, 3/29, according to Apple and UPS.  Even got an email telling me it'd be here between 2:45 and 6:45 today.  Then after lunch, without notifying me, they changed it to 3/31.  It still hadn't left China. 

    Any idea when these will be in stock at the stores?  
  • Reply 7 of 8
    iRonXiRonX Posts: 4member
    I ordered mine from Best Buy (was able to trade in my iPad Mini 2 [16 GB WiFi ]for $150 BB gift card plus an additional $25 gift card for the early purchase)

    Looks likes I can pick it up today (received email confirmation March 29th)


    edited March 29 Soli
  • Reply 8 of 8
    iRonXiRonX Posts: 4member
    Picked up the new iPad after work and here are the comparison photos v the iPad Air 2 on the right 


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