While many business users are waiting for Apple to announce new iPad Pro models, Conner Forest, of Tech Republic, does a nice job of outlining what professionals should know about the iPad refresh announced yesterday.
Apple’s iPad refresh: 4 things business users need to know
Apple recently updated its base model iPad with some interesting specs. Here’s what professionals need to know
By Conner Forrest | March 21, 2017, 7:46 AM PST
On Tuesday, Apple silently took down its online store which, if history were to repeat itself, could only mean one thing: New hardware was coming. When the store came back up, users were presented with three new goodies: A new set of Apple Watch bands, a Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a refresh of its core 9.7-inch iPad, which will be available on March 24. While the updated iPad is not a groundbreaking change, its new features offer a nice set of tools for a lower price. In fact, Apple is starting these models at $329, or “its most affordable price ever,” according to the company.
Here are the core features and specifications for the new Apple iPad.
The refreshed iPad’s 9.7-inch Retina display is a familiar form factor. This model offers 2048×1536 resolution and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. It’s available in the silver, gold, and space gray colorways, with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPad is 7.5-millimeters thick and, yes, it still has the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
2. Power and connectivity
Like many of the models that came before it, the recently-refreshed iPad has both a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular model available. The cellular models are available with service from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and GigSky. Bluetooth 4.2 is available on all models as well.
The 32.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery boasts up to 10 hours of battery life when using Wi-Fi, which could make it a solid option for business travelers. These iPads are charged via an included Lightning cable.