Apple’s most affordable iPad is bigger and better than ever

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2019 iPad
Meet the 2019 iPad.
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Apple today surprised us with a brand new entry-level iPad. It’s even bigger, with a 10.2-inch screen, and it now boasts a Smart Connector like iPad Pro. But it’s still nicely priced.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad.

Apple’s most affordable iPad has become one of the best deals in tech. It offers everything the average user needs in a tablet — and more — but costs considerably less than its siblings at $329 (or $299 for students).

And now it’s better than ever, with welcome improvements that make for a compelling upgrade.

iPad offers even more

In many ways, the new iPad is a lot like its predecessor. Under the hood you’ll find the same A10 Fusion processor, and the same 10 hours of use in between charges. But there are big changes on the outside.

iPad now packs a 10.2-inch Retina display that gives you even more room for movies, apps, and games. That screen boasts a whopping 3.5 million pixels and a wide viewing angle that makes it ideal for augment reality, Apple says.

Apple Pencil support remains (but only for the original Pencil). And when you want to get work done on the go, there’s a built-in Smart Connector for a full-size Smart Keyboard.

The same great price

“The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model,” said Apple marking chief Greg Joswiak. It “takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for creating, learning, working and playing.”

2019 iPad with Smart Keyboard
iPad supports Apple’s full-size Smart Keyboard.
Photo: Apple

Interested? You can order the newest iPad today before it starts shipping later this month. It’s priced at $329 with 32GB of storage just like its predecessor, but eligible education customers will pay just $299.

A 128GB model is also available, while cellular options start at $459.