Apple’s entry-level $329 iPad gets bigger and brings Smart Keyboard functionality

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Apple’s September event is finally here, and with it, new products. To much surprise, Apple took the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater to unveil a new, seventh-generation iPad. The new iPad packs many features of the higher-end models but keeps its $329 price tag. Here’s everything you need to know.

Display

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The new seventh-generation iPad features a bigger, 10.2-inch Retina display. The 10.2-inch Retina display features 3.5 million pixels that Apple says allows for a “vivid canvas for creative expression.”

The 10.2-inch Retina display still offers support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, allowing users to express their creativity on an even larger canvas.

“The new iPad features a stunning 10.2-inch Retina display with nearly 3.5 million pixels for enjoying more than a million iPad apps, including the newest games in Apple Arcade,” says Apple.

Design

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For the first time, the seventh-generation iPad is built entirely from 100% recycled aluminum. The new iPad joins the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and just-announced Apple Watch Series 5, in being more environmentally friendly than the model before it.

Also for the first time, the new iPad features Apple’s Smart connector technology, allowing users to pair their seventh-generation iPad with a Smart Keyboard.

“The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model featuring a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard,” says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing in a statement.

Pricing and Availability

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The seventh-generation iPad to order today and will ship on September 30th. It will be available in silver, space gray and gold finishes in 32GB and 128GB configurations.

The seventh-generation iPad starts at $329 for consumers and $299 for education.

For customers who purchase an iPad using their Apple Card, they’ll receive 3% cashback. Furthermore, customers who purchase any new device will receive Apple TV+ for a year, free.

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Sid Ramirez

I usually write stuff, mostly Apple. Photographer, film major, environmentalist, techie.

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