Sometimes, you just can’t beat the original. The standard iOS Apple iPad is the one that started it all, and although it’s been updated half a dozen times since its first release, the classic design is still hugely popular. The 9.7-inch iPad also remains our favorite all-around tablet, making it the one to get for most iOS people.
The current seventh-generation 2017 iPad models include a built-in speedy 1.85 GHz dual-core ARMv8-A CPU and 2GB of RAM. Its 9.7-inch touch display has a crisp high-definition resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. It’s also considerably lighter and less bulky compared to its predecessors, coming in at around the same size as the original iPad Air. It comes in such colors as Space Grey, Black, Rose Gold, Silver, and Pink, not to mention it’s loaded with the feature-rich OS 11 mobile operating system. Plus, if you buy it directly from Apple, you can also get the Apple Pencil — for those of you who are more education-focused.
With a price tag of $329, the 9.7-inch iPad is competitively priced and not prohibitively expensive, but you can snag one for even less with these ongoing new iPad deals — some with free shipping included:
iPAD AIR DEALS
Officially, the iPad Air line has been more or less rolled into the standard 9.7-inch iPad, as more efficient mobile technology has allowed Apple to make its tablets smaller and lighter than ever before. This has effectively made this iPad device redundant, given that the seventh-generation iPad is as slim and light as the original old iPad. Though this particular iPad model does pair very well with the MacBook Air.
Nonetheless, the Air is still a fantastic tablet (earning a glowing 9 out of 10 rating in our hands-on review), and if you aren’t picky about having the latest gadgets, you can score some great deals on last-gen hardware. The Air has the same 9.7-inch display as the standard iPad, placing it in the “Goldilocks zone” of tablet sizes. It runs on Apple’s A8X 64-bit chip architecture with a 1.5 GHz tri-core CPU and 2GB of RAM — still very respectable specs for browsing, watching videos, light gaming, and work. It also has a front-facing camera if you want to FaceTime your loved ones.
The second-generation iPad Air has been out for a couple years, so it’s a great time to snatch one up for cheap. Initially launched at $499, this iPad can now be yours for much less with these low-cost offers gleaned from online retailers: