New iPad is thicker and heavier than iPad Air 2

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Apple’s new iPad might be identical to the iPad Air 2 it replaces, but don’t be fooled by how sleek and slender it looks in official photos.

The new slate is noticeably thicker and heavier than its predecessor.

Starting at $329, the new iPad is Apple’s most affordable 9.7-inch tablet to date. And you’re getting a pretty decent package for your money. It boasts the same A9 processor from the iPhone 6s, 32GB of storage as standard, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera.

There’s also a 128GB model for just $429, which is only $30 more than the iPad mini 4 (a complete ripoff now), and Wi-Fi + Cellular models that cost $459 with 32GB of storage, and $559 with 128GB of storage.

But it’s not all good news. It turns out that rather than using the slimmer iPad Air 2 unibody, Apple has brought back the original iPad Air’s design. It’s 7.5mm thick, and weighs 469 grams without LTE (478 grams with LTE).

In comparison, the iPad Air 2 measured just 6.1mm thin — 1mm slimmer than the iPhone 7 — and weighed 437 grams without LTE (444 grams with LTE).

It’s not clear why Apple chose to use the thicker form factor, which will force iPad Air 2 owners to buy new cases and accessories if they upgrade. It could be that the new model is powered by a slightly bigger battery, but we’ll have to wait until it’s torn down to find out.

  • tariq

    The camera isn’t 12 megapixel, it’s 8. And also the display is a downgrade from air 2 i.e. it isn’t laminated.

  • David Kaplan

    The display is a downgrade from the iPad Air 2, it’s not laminated and it’s also less anti-reflective. Basically no iPad Air 2 owner should be looking at this as their upgrade option and the 10.5 inch iPad Pro next month should be price dropped to $499 for iPad Air 2 upgraders.

  • WiscoNative

    So they’ve re-released the iPad Air 1, which came out 3.5 years ago. They’ve added Touch ID from the 2.5-year-old model and a CPU that’s already 18-months old. And they’ve removed the mute switch!

    Now they have the nerve to call this a replacement for the Air 2? Money-grubbing, pure and simple.

    • Larry Fulkner

      It’s a pretty powerful CPU for the price.

  • Disappointing. Restricting the Apple Pencil to iPad Pro line up is #BadApple. I was expecting pencil support with the new “iPad” and disappointed. huh.

    Robin.