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iPad Air 2, 9.7 inch iPad Pro, new iPad… after all, what are the differences?

In addition to the obvious intention of giving a one or two year survival to a product that would otherwise be on its way out, there is another motivation in Cupertino in upgrading the iPad Air 2: making options clearer of its tablet line, featuring three subdivisions Pro, “ordinary” iPad and mini that each bring its own advantages.

However, at this first moment, things just got even more confusing. Right now, we have two 9.7 inch iPads for sale and many still don't fully understand what the differences between them are and the now-slim iPad Air 2. So, to make everything crystal clear, let's do the following. main distinctions between the three models.

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New iPad vs. iPad Air 2

The new iPad is the model that comes to replace the iPad Air 2, so the natural logic would entail thinking that the new handset is superior at all to its predecessor, right? Well, this is one thought you can already get out of your head: in fact, the new iPad outperforms its ancestor by a number of points, but in others, it actually represents an involution explained, of course, by the fall of Price: If the iPad Air 2 started at $ 399, or $ 3,199, the new model starts at $ 329, or $ 2,499; In other words, Apple's idea is to really make this line (and the iPad mini) the company's low-cost tablet options.

So let's start with the disadvantages of the new iPad compared to the iPad Air 2. Probably the most notable are the thickness and weight of the device, which rose from 6.1mm and 437/444 grams (Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi + Cellular). , respectively) to 7.5mm and 469/478 grams in effect, the new iPad is virtually identical in body and weight compared to the original iPad Air of 2013. Another notable disadvantage has to do with the display, which is no longer laminated to the glass and lost the anti-reflective layer; In this case, however, we have the collateral advantage that the model has greater simplicity when it comes to repairs.

Some things remain the same on both models, such as resolution and screen type (remains a 2048 Ă— 1536 pixel LED-backlit LCD panel) and cameras (8 megapixel on the rear and 1.2 megapixel on the front) . Both tablets have 2GB of RAM, the same Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity specifications, identical speakers, and the same Touch ID built into the Home button. The battery, while jumping from 27.62Wh to 32.9Wh, continues to give the new iPad the same amount of use, according to Apple: 10 hours of internet browsing via Wi-Fi or 9 hours via cellular data.

The “no improvement” in battery performance, even with its physical increase, is certainly due to the processor upgrade that the new iPad has achieved over its predecessor: now the tablet equipped with a two-core A9 processor running at 1.85GHz against the three-core A8 running at 1.5GHz on the iPad Air 2. To get an idea of ​​the difference between them, just compare the performances of an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6s and if you've never done it , you may know that we are talking about a very welcome jump.

New iPad vs. 9.7 inch iPad Pro

Here, the fight is far more disadvantageous for our newest friend, which, by the way, is quite understandable: the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, among all Apple tablets, which features the most up-to-date and full specification list, even surpassing its larger brother by comparing the list of both, I was shocked at how many points the 12.9-inch model loses to its smaller equivalent.

The new iPad is obviously cheaper than the same-size iPad Pro, which starts at $ 599 or $ 4,999. But its lower processor (A9, compared to the iPad Pro A9X), the lower screen (the same resolution, but the Pro has laminated panel, anti-glare layer, wide color gamut (P3) and technology True tone), the cameras are smaller (the Pro is 12 megapixels in the rear, with 4K footage, and 5 megapixels in the front), the speakers are lower (only four in the Pro and two in the iPad), and the even slimmer Pro. It is lightweight, with a body similar to the sleek iPad Air 2. In addition, the new iPad is not compatible with the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard and does not feature the Smart Connector pins.

Should I invest in the new iPad?

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It depends, of course, on the iPad you have at home. If your current tablet is an iPad Air 2 or even the original iPad Air, I'd say that the new iPad doesn't have enough news to recommend the upgrade.

If your model predates these two I mentioned, however, the upgrade starts to make more sense, and is inviting in a number of ways: the new iPad (in theory) is fast, relatively thin and light (will compare with the original iPad for you to see) and has the lowest price in Apple's history in terms of 9.7 inch tablets. If your intentions with the tablet are modest, a strongly recommended purchase now, if you have bigger aspirations, you may want to jump to the iPad Pro or better yet expect a certain 10.5 inch model.

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9.7 ″ iPad

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Price: Starting at R $ 2,249.10Installment Price: at up to 12x from R $ 208.25Colors: space gray, silver or goldCapabilities: 32 GB or 128 GBRelease: March 2017

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