Although there were rumours on the cards, Apple surprised everyone today with an Apple Store refresh that replaces the iPad Air 2 with a brand new iPad.
Simply called ‘iPad’, the new device uses the updated A9 CPU and the M9 motion co-processor, a generation newer than iPad Air 2’s A8 and M8 processors. Aside from this and the depth and weight, the two are virtually the same physically.
The new iPad is another 9.7″ screen device with a depth of 7.5mm (iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm) and weight of 469g (478g for Wifi and Cellular model). It comes with the now standard fingerprint sensor on the Home button, stereo speakers and 2048 x 1536 resolution (264 ppi) Retina display with lighter screen for easier reading.
What’s perhaps more surprising is that all this comes at a lower price point than the iPad Air 2, only £339 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, £559 for the 128GB, Wi-Fi and cellular model.
The iPad Air 2 has been scrubbed from the Apple Store page in the meantime, leaving just this, the iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Pro on the store. This also means that the new iPad is the cheapest on the store.
When can you pre-order? 15:01 GMT on 24th March 2017, that’s only a couple of days time.