Apple's Cheap New iPad Is Overdue, But It's Here

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Folks who like iPads but hate spending lots of money will be glad to learn that Apple has just announced a new 10.2-inch entry-level iPad.

It replaces the sixth-generation 9.7-inch model which the company released last spring. And let’s not forget that the basic design of the cheapest Apple tablet has remained largely unchanged since the iPad 2. So one might say it’s about time.

The new iPad packs a Retina display, a Smart Connector to connect Apple’s optional keyboard, and an 8MP camera. Powering the 10.2-inch device is the A10 Fusion chip, which Apple says is twice as fast as the “top-selling PC.”

The 10.2-inch iPad will start at $529 for the Wi-Fi model and $729 for the Wi-Fi + 4G model. It starts shipping at the end of September.

Additional reporting by Andrew Couts

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