Apple now shipping new iPads, deliveries set for March 30

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An iPad refresh could be right around the corner.
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Apple has begun shipping orders for the new 9.7-inch iPad.

The $329 device went on sale on Friday alongside the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 series, and the first deliveries are scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 30.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is Apple’s most affordable tablet to date. Targeting the enterprise and education sectors, it sports the same form factor as the original iPad Air, and contains an A9 processor, up to 128GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera.

Touch ID is also built-in, along with a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, and there’s an option for 4G LTE, too. Prices start at $329 for the entry-level model and rise to $559 for a 128GB model with cellular connectivity.

Less than three days after the new iPad went on sale, Apple has begun shipping the first units from its warehouses, AppleInsider reports. Customers have received shipping notifications that confirm their device is scheduled for delivery as early as this Thursday.

Retail sales are also expected to begin this week, with availability in 20 regions, including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, the U.S., the U.K., and a bunch of other markets throughout Europe.

Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and Turkey will receive the device in April, while other countries will be added in May.