Apple’s new, cheaper iPad is very, very familiar

We just spent some time with Apple’s new $329 iPad, announced here in Chicago at its education event. It’s… an iPad.

The new iPad is very familiar. It has the same basic 9.7-inch screen size, bezels, Touch ID sensor, button placement, and cameras. The big new features are Apple Pencil support, which works the same as it did on the iPad Pro, and an update to the A10 processor. As with the previous iPad, it has 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera that supports 1080p video, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, supports optional LTE, and weighs one pound. Interestingly, there is no Smart Keyboard connector, which seems like a big omission.

Holding and using the iPad, it feels very much like an iPad! The air gap on the screen…

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