Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad and its cellular model were announced, taking the place of iPad Air 2. It is seemingly the most affordable iPad the company has ever created. It is not a successor of the series, but rather a slightly enhanced, more affordable version of the iPad Air 2.
The new iPad is not very different from the Air 2. It looks pretty much the same and the majority of specifications haven’t changed either.
The few differences are:
The new iPad weighs 469g (cellular model: 478g), while the iPad Air 2 weighs 437g (cellular model: 444g).
iPad Air 2 has an A8X processor and an M8 motion co-processor while the new iPad comes with a faster A9 processor, the same as iPhone 6s has.
The biggest difference is the price. The new iPad 9.7-inch starts at $329 (AED 1,200) for a 32GB Wi-Fi model, and $559 (AED 2,000) for a 128GB Wi-Fi and cellular version.
The new iPad will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold with 32GB and 128GB versions from March 24 onwards.
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Apple will also be releasing a red colour version of its iPhone 7 & Plus on March 24 to continue its support for the (PRODUCT)RED global fund. Up to 50% of profits of every purchase will be donated to this fund to support HIV/AIDS programmes. These versions of the devices will only be available in 128GB and 256GB storage options and not in 32GB storage.
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(PRODUCT)RED is a global fund managed by (RED), a private and licensed organisation to raise awareness and funds to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. In addition to Apple, Nike, American Express (UK), The Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks and Converse are also some of the companies which contribute to this global cause. This concept was founded by U2 frontman and activist, Bono and Bobby Shriver of the ONE Campaign and DATA in 2006.
This is not the first time that Apple Inc. has contributed to this global fund. It has previously released special editions of MacBook Pro, iPod touch 5th generation, five other generations of iPod nano and iPod shuffle, $25 iTunes Gift Card, branded covers and cases for the iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini and a leather case for the iPhone 5s. In 2013, the MacBook Pro (RED) was auctioned for $977,000.00 (Approx. AED 3,600,000.00).
Apple has reportedly raised more than $130 million for (RED) since 2006. It also claims to donate funds generated by in-app purchases from these RED series products. This 10-year partnership between Apple and RED supports HIV/AIDS programmes to “provide counseling, testing, and medicine that prevents the transmission of HIV from a mother to her unborn child.” With such contributions, Apple hopes that every purchase “brings us a step closer to an AIDS‑free generation.”
While releasing a new product and contributing to charity, Apple has also acquired Workflow and its creators today. It is a tool that lets you combine apps and functions to perform complicated tasks with a single click. This app was created by Ari Weinstein, a former iPhone employee, along with Conrad Kramer, Ayaka Nonaka and Nick Frey. Workflow won the 2015 Apple Design Award for its high compatibility with iOS. It will be available for free later today on the App Store.