Apple has a new iPad on the market, one that comes with support for Apple Pencil, and it starts at just $329. The new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support was designed with a focus on education, allowing users to sketch ideas and take handwritten notes on-the-go. The new iPad offers a large Retina display and the device features Apple’s A10 Fusion chip.
“iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Our most popular and affordable iPad now includes support for Apple Pencil, bringing the advanced capabilities of one of our most creative tools to even more users. This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, beautiful Retina display, advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices.”
The 9.7-inch Retina display features a higher-resolution touch sensor that enables Apple Pencil support, which was only previously available via the iPad Pro. These advanced sensors measure both pressure and tilt and provide pixel-perfect accuracy and low latency apps like note taking or if you want to create illustrations. The new sensors will also work in apps like Notability, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office. iPad’s palm rejection technology even makes it possible to rest your hand on the screen while you use Apple Pencil.
The new iPad features the Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture, delivering 40% faster CPU and 50% faster graphics performance for seamless multitasking and graphics-intensive apps. The front and rear-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording for document scanning, moviemaking and FaceTime calls.
The new 9.7-inch iPad features an aluminum unibody construction, with ultrafast wireless that can deliver two times faster cellular data connections. Using Apple SIM, customers can connect to wireless data plans right from their device when traveling in more than 180 countries and regions. You can watch the video presentation that Apple created below, showing off the new Apple Pencil support and Apple’s suite of applications.
Pricing and Availability
iPad comes in silver, space gray and a new gold finish and starts at an Apple retail price of $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The Apple Pencil is available for purchase separately for $99 . Schools can purchase iPad starting at $299 (US) and Apple Pencil for $89 (US).