Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Tim Webb
Early this morning Apple brought down the Apple Store, and when it resurfaced a rebranded iPad Air arrived! The new iPad Air is simply being called an "iPad" but features the A9 chip. This chip change is notable on many fronts. Instead of the A9X chip used in the iPad Pro (both sizes), or the A10 found in the latest iPhones, this is the old chip found in the iPhone 6S/6S Plus.
Everything Old is New Again
Why is Apple recycling a chip that's over a year old? Who knows... Perhaps they just had a lot left over! This is still an upgrade over the iPad Air 2, which used the A8X. According to Apple the A9 is nearly twice as fast as the A8X.
Bigger, Faster, Cheaper
In a very un-Apple move the new iPad is 20% thicker than the previous iPad Air, but that just puts it back to the same size as the original iPad Air at 7.5mm. The new iPad is also cheaper than its predecessor. A 32GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi) is a little over $400, or $500 for the 128GB model. Today's newly announced iPad starts at $329 for 32GB, or $429 for 128GB (WiFi).
Seeing RED Again
In addition to the new iPad, a new version of the iPhone has been announced today. These (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are quite a bit more expensive than the iPhone 7s from Fall. The special edition iPhones are $100 more than their non-rouge counterparts, but seem to have no other differences. The sure look pretty though!