Spell cheap: new Apple iPad 9.7" price, release date and country availability


It's a weird day in Applelandia this Tuesday - the team from Cupertino just waved the white flag on tablets, and lowered the launch price of their most popular slate line by the whopping 40%. Well, not exactly 40%, but thereabouts, given that the iPad Air 2 used to start from $499 for the basic version, and now the "new iPad 9.7" will cost just $330.

Yep, Apple's freshest iPad edition comes with a brighter Retina Display and faster A9 chip, compared to the Air 2, but starts at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, and $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version. The 128 GB unit will cost you just $100 extra with Wi-Fi connectivity, while adding a cellular modem to the 128-gigger nets you a $559 tag, which is still a price that may move the new iPads like hot muffins at a bakeoff. The tablet components have likely fallen in price drastically over the two and a half years since the Air 2 announcement, so Apple is probably still making bank on the new iPad, and yet its tablets are about to become much more accessible in times when it started to earn significant amounts from apps and services, which might explain why Apple's stock is at record high these days.

The new iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray, and will be available to order at Apple.com and Apple Stores as soon as this Friday, March 24. It will start shipping next week in Apple Stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers in the US, simultaneously with the international launch in more than 20 countries like Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. In April, the new iPad will be available in Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey and others, while Brazil, Taiwan and the rest will get the freshest Apple tablet goods in May. The orders are starting at 8:01 a.m. PDT on 3/24, are you in line?

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iPad 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1850 MHz
  • Battery 8827 mAh

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25 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They should have just made it one size @ 128GB and sold it for $399 and be done with it. 32GB is worthless on a tablet, considering the size of apps today. If you want to have one with small storage, it should be 64GB instead. Lame!

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You find the most nonsensical things to bitch about. It's $300 bucks lol....chump change.

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

TechieXP is hands down the biggest idiot on Phonearena. The iPad Air 2 (which this basically is) is one of Apple's best products ever, and most who own one will attest to this. I bought my iPad Air 2 at 600 bucks and it's still the best tablet I've ever used despite also owning a surface pro and a Pixel C. 1. Has outstanding battery life 2. Easily one of the fastest mobile devices on the market 3. Extremely portable at 1 pound 4. Awesome design TechieXP is nothing but a certified Apple hater. He simply doesn't understand that 95% of people will not occupy 32gb of space.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

"TechieXP is hands down the biggest idiot on Phonearena." This is already common knowledge.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31543; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"TechieXP is hands down the biggest idiot on Phonearena." This is incorrect, he is hands down the biggest idiot on the internet. I bet his wife is finding ways to go deaf.

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

Not only is he a certified hater of pretty much anything not Samsung, he doesn't even know much at all about technology yet claims to be some tech expert. He has been debunked countless times in the past by many PA users including myself yet he still spews the same nonsense misinformed hilarity. It's no wonder why everyone just scrolls pasts his diatribes in the comment sections, people are tired of seeing and reading the complete nonsense, he has lost all credibility 100x over with his posts He also upvotes his own comments (made a video on it showing that you can upvote your own comment on mobile site, he knew about this recent bug before anyone and abuses it daily now) I gurantee you he will never take a screenshot of his own comment to prove he "doesn't" upvotes his own comment, because you would see either a green thumb on his own comment on same account or one less reduced thumb up

18. fyah_king unregistered

Are you seriously comparing your iPad to a full blown computer in the surface pro?lmao

25. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Lebron is telling the iPad Air 2 is better than a Surface Pro and the Pixel C. Battery life, yes but the rest, it is incomparable.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I have multiple devices with 32Gb of storage, none of which are full, but whatever.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie quote: "They should have just made it one size @ 128GB and sold it for $399 and be done with it." Apple thought about that, but then they were afraid you'd bitch how there's no choice and w/e..

2. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's a really good deal. The A9 inside is an upgrade to Single-core and GPU performance, making it a beast in the tablet world. Considering it's only legit competition at this price point are cheap Android tablets and the iPad mini line, I think it's a really smart business move.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Right? At this price it competes with Samsung's budget Tab A line. Tab A 2016 is $299.99 and only has 16Gb storage.

5. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Another 2000 dollar product from Apple. Oh wait..

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

I knew it wasn't gonna be a 9.7 iPad Pro but just "iPad" or new iPad mini

8. fyah_king unregistered

A9 still?lol

9. cogito

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Is this permanent pricing or some kind of an introductory deal?

10. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Pretty fantastic bang for your buck.

11. RajRicardo

Posts: 503; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

A9? Isn't that sh!t like 2 years old? And WTF is 32GB doing in a tablet in 2017? 128GB NAND costs $19 to manufacture and the A10 Fusion chip costs $26. And the same people supporting this cheap move went crazy because LG used a 8 month old processor on their 2017 flagship :/ Crazy AF.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

G6 has the newest processor available at launch, it's nice to know you think they should have delayed their launch and lost sales to put a slightly faster chip that 99% of people don't care about in it. Glad you don't make business decisions for these companies.

15. RajRicardo

Posts: 503; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Your comprehension skills seem pretty average. I'm bashing 'the people' who went after LG for the the processor in their G6. Please READ. The more you read, the better you understand.

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I see how I confused myself earlier. And I won't even pretend reading comprehension is one of my strengths haha.

16. fyah_king unregistered

Same look for the last 10 years. Wtf?

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice bang for buck. Too bad it's only 32GB.

19. miketer

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

After so many years, a price reduction of such a kind for an apple product, that also for a product with low sales, not for any other in their range. Oh well...

21. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2272; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Might grab one to replace my wife's broken 4th Gen iPad.

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