Apple has released a new iPad to replace its old stalwart the Air 2. This sees an end to the Air line, at least for the time being.
The new iPad shares much of the same chassis design as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, measuring in at 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm, and weighing 469g for the WiFi only model or 478g if you also want cellular capabilities. This does make it slightly heavier and more portly than the Pro, but it’s still a svelte device overall.
With base model storage starting at a healthy 32 GB, the new iPad is priced so reasonably that it’s almost an impulse buy for anyone previously on the fence about iOS tablets. No longer do you have to pay an extra $100 to obtain a model that will actually work over the long haul from a storage perspective. No longer are you left with an anemic processor that feels somewhat feeble after an iOS update or two.
Even with its obvious shortcomings, the 2017 iPad is worth considering as long as you know what you’re getting into. If you’re brand new to the world of iOS, or you’re coming from a pre-iPad Air device, then you may want to seriously consider the new iPad.
iPad Air, the 2017 iPad comes with 2GB of RAM, which makes a massive difference in performance, especially when browsing the web with multiple tabs and switching between apps.
Where the new iPad may lack somewhat in aesthetic appeal, it makes up for in performance. Only the iPad Pro is faster than the $329 iPad when it comes to single core performance.
The FaceTime and iSight cameras feature the same configuration as the iPad Air 2. You get an 8MP iSight camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture on the rear, and a paltry 1.2MP FaceTime camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture on the front. The iSight Camera can shoot 1080p and 30 FPS, and the FaceTime camera is at 720p.