There is a newer model: iPad 9.7 (2018) with Apple Pencil support – tech specs, reviews, comparisons, more
On March 24, 2017, Apple announced in a press release the launch of the new model, called simply “iPad” and featuring the 9.7-inch Retina display.
The new iPad 9.7 (2017) is a successor (or rather a replacement) of the iPad Air 2.
It’s the medium-shelf model with the 2048 × 1536 px Retina display and Apple A9 chip.
The most exciting thing about the new model is it’s surprisingly low price. The entry-level 32 GB + WiFi version costs only $329, which is $70 below the starting price of iPad Air 2, and twice as cheap as iPad Pro 10.5, released in June.
iPad 9.7 (2017) – launch details
The new iPad 9.7 (2017) launched without the usual spring event. The company simply released the iPad 9.7 press announcement and the same day the new model appeared on Apple website.
The sales on Apple.com website started on March 24, 2017. A few days later the model arrives in Apple Stores and authorized resellers in the US and 20 other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
The launch in a few more countries is set for April 2017. On the list, you’ll find, among others, Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, or Turkey.
There are three color options to choose from: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. First two versions have the white front bezel, the third one comes with the black panel.
The prices depend on the combination of memory and connectivity options:
- 32 GB / Wi-Fi – $329,
- 32 GB / Wi-Fi + Cellular – $459,
- 128 GB / Wi-Fi – $429,
- 128 GB / Wi-Fi + Cellular – $559.
iPad 9.7 (2017) – comparisons
When it comes to features and prices, the new iPad in the middle of the landscape. Its Retina display is much better than entry-level tablets from Samsung or Amazon.
On the other hand, the new 9.7-inch iPad is slower and lacks advanced features of the top-shelf models, such as Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (2017) or the new iPad Pro 10.5.
If you want to stay in the Apple ecosystem, you’ll most probably compare iPad 9.7 2017 to iPad Pro 10.5 2017. The latter is Apple’s premium tablet released in June 2017.
At the first glance, the two tablets look similar, especially when you compare dimensions.
The difference in price is twofold – $329 versus $649. The question is whether you are willing to pay more for the improved performance, better screen with proMotion technology, and compatibility with original accessories (that are sold separately): Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
The comparison below will let you quickly see how many and which features the cheaper model lacks – and whether you need them at all.
For me, the tablet is not the good device to shoot photos and videos. If you are, however, concerned about the performance of cameras, you should forget the cheaper iPad. The front camera is only 1.2 MP (vs. 7 MP), and the device doesn’t support Life Photos.
Were you thinking about buying a tablet for writing emails, social media updates, blog posts, or draft ideas? Has the idea of the physical keyboard ever occurred to you? The cheaper iPad is not compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, so you’ll have to rely on third-party keyboard cases.
iPad 9.7 (2017) vs. iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
|Feature||iPad 9.7 (2017)||iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)|
|Display resolution||2048 × 1536 px||2224 × 1668 px|
|Pixel density||264 ppi||264 ppi|
|Processor||A9 + M9||A10X + M10|
|Internal memory||32 GB
|RAM memory||2 GB||4 GB|
|Cameras||Front: 1.2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
|Front: 7 MP
Rear: 12 MP
|Dimensions||9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29 in
240 × 169.5 × 7.5 mm
|9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in
250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm
|Apple Pen compatible||No||Yes|
|Smart Keyboard compatible||No||Yes|
|Release date||March 24, 2017||June 12, 2017|
|Launch price||from $329||from $649|
iPad 9.7 (2017) – review round-up
Want to get a hint of what reviewers are saying about the 2017 iPad. Take a look at the highlights from the most popular reviews:
The new iPad and its A9 chip was a bit faster than the iPad Air 2 and a bit slower than the iPad Pro. The iPad remains a great mobile gaming machine, as long as the games you want to play are available as iOS apps.
If you’re looking for an iPad that excels at traditional iPad-like things, such as video streaming, games, web surfing and ebooks, this is a fantastic value and should be the default first iPad you consider.
–Dan Ackerman, CNET
This is the everyman’s tablet — it’s got great battery life, a solid processor, plenty of memory, gets regular updates, and has access to a mind-numbing library of tablet-optimized apps.
With a bigger 8,610mAh battery than the Air 2 (which explains the thickness), this iPad has refused to die on us. We have used it for more than a week in Wi-Fi-only mode, with some use every day, and it only recently dipped under 40 percent.
–Julian Chokkattu, Digital Trends
In no way is the new iPad a burden to hold or use. While the difference in thickness between the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the new iPad is barely noticeable, the difference in weight isn’t really detectable between the two.
–Mike Wuerthele, Apple Insider
The 2017 iPad isn’t geared towards the early adopters and those looking for the absolute latest and greatest.
Sure, it lacks the gorgeous laminated, anti-reflective display of the iPad Air 2, and sure it’s not as svelte in either thickness or weight. But there’s no denying that the 2017 iPad with A9 dual core processor in tow, is a good value
Having Touch ID adds a considerable amount of value to an iPad, and those who adopt the $329 tablet will no doubt grow to appreciate it as a feature.
–Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac
If you have an iPad that’s older than the iPad Air you will notice a significant improvement with this iPad. It will be much faster, much lighter, and the screen will look better. If you have something newer than that — an iPad Air or Air 2 — then you probably won’t get much benefit from upgrading to this new iPad.
–Dieter Bohn, The Verge
iPad 9.7 (2017) – pictures
We’ve collected below the highest quality pictures that are available on the web.
iPad 9.7 (2017) – full tech specs
What are the detailed tech specs of the 2017 9.7-inch iPad? Check out the complete listing below.
|Screen||9.7-inch Retina LED-backlit with Multi-Touch|
|Screen resolution||2048 × 1536 px|
|Pixel density||264 ppi|
|Storage capacity||32 / 128 GB|
|RAM memory||2 GB|
|Processor||A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, embedded M9 coprocessor|
|Battery||32.4Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, non-removable|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music on a single charge|
|Charging||Via power adapter or USB to computer|
|Weight||16.54 oz / 469 g|
|Dimensions||9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29 in / 240 × 168.5 × 7.5 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO|
3.5 mm headphone jack
|Operating System||iOS 10|
|Sound||Two built‑in stereo speakers|
|Sensors||Touch ID, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor|
|Cameras||Main / Rear: 8 MP, f/2.4
Secondary / Front: 1.2 MP, f/2.2
|In the box||iPad
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
|Compatible with Apple Pencil||No|
|Compatible with Apple Smart Keyboard||No|
|Launch date||March 24, 2017|
|Prices||32 GB / WiFi – $329
32 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $459
128 GB / WiFi – $429
128 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $559
iPad 9.7 (2017) – product chart
And here’s what Apple says about its newest tablet.
Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)
Learn, play, surf, create. iPad gives you the incredible display, performance, and apps to do what you love to do. Anywhere. Easily. Magically.
Stunning Retina display
Whether you’re enjoying photos, shopping, or building a presentation, the vivid 9.7‑inch Retina display has the detail and size to really bring them to life.
Fast, fluid performance
The 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance that makes every app feel fast and fluid. Explore rich learning apps, play graphics-intensive games, or even use two apps at once. All while enjoying up to 10 hours of battery life.
Apps for everything
Every iPad app has been designed specifically for the power and scale of iPad. And with so many great iPad apps in the App Store, there’s sure to be an app for whatever you love to do.
Advanced security at your fingertip
Your fingerprint is the perfect password because it’s unique and always with you. Touch ID lets you unlock your iPad instantly and secure private data in apps. You can also use it to make purchases with Apple Pay in apps and websites.
Front and back cameras
Taking photos and videos with iPad is a snap. Use the 8-megapixel camera to shoot detailed images or 1080p HD video, then edit them right on iPad with Photos, iMovie, or your favorite app from the App Store. Or use the front-facing FaceTime HD camera for video calls and gorgeous selfies.
Durable and portable
At just one pound and 7.5 mm thin, iPad is designed to go wherever you go. And it’s as durable as it is portable, with an aluminum unibody construction that delivers a reassuringly solid feel.
All images: Apple.
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