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Apple Quietly Released a New 9.7-inch iPad

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Editor’s Note: The 9.7-inch iPad will continue to run iOS 10 out of the box, until fall 2017. In the fall, when iOS 11 is officially released, upgrades will be available for all existing iPads and come standard on new iPads.

There was no flashy release event for Apple's latest tablet release. Instead, the new 9.7-inch iPad quietly came on the scene with a lower price of $329 and up to 128GB of storage.

As a follow up to last year's 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple's new tablet features a brighter Retina display with a 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution and showing 3.1 million pixels. It is not necessarily compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard that you get with the iPad Pro.

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The rear 8-megapixel camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera should make for easy video chatting at home or at work. The iPad as a productivity tool can also benefit from the 1.3 million apps designed specifically for the iPad. 

Security professionals will appreciate that it comes with Apple's Touch ID to unlock the screen. You can also use it to make purchases via Apple Pay. And the aluminum unibody construction should be able to take a few dings. 

The iPad, which drops the Air that's attached to previous iPads, is powered by Apple's A9 CPU with 64-bit desktop class architecture. Apple says the tablet should last up to 10 hours on a charge.

It will run iOS 10 right out of the box. That allows for multitasking and using two apps simultaneously. For those who have iPhone's in their company will also appreciate iOS 10's ability to seamlessly interact with both. For instance, you can start an email on one and finish it on the other. Plus, you can use AirDrop to share files wirelessly. 

If you opt for an LTE model, Apple says you should get 150 Mbps. And via Wi-Fi you can get 866 Mbps throughput. The Wi-Fi plus cellular model, however, will cost you $459. The new iPad will be available beginning Friday, March 24.