The best new iPad 9.7 deals in October 2017

We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all recently by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to buy the new iPad 9.7, you're in the right place. 

The new iPad 9.7-inch model is out now, and you won't even have to spend as much as you think (which makes a change for Apple, right?).

The price is incredibly cheap for a new Apple product and considerably cheaper than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch. In the US, prices for the 32GB  model started at $329, compared to £339 in the UK. Who needs Black Friday, right?

That's seriously cheap for a new iPad. It's actually cheaper than most of the best iPad Air 2 deals now and the new iPad 9.7 is essentially an iPad Air 3 in all but name. Come to think of it, it's cheaper than most iPad mini 4 deals too! The short version? If you're after a good value new iPad, this is seriously worth considering.

How big is the new iPad?

The new iPad has a 9.7-inch retina display. In terms of dimensions, the height and width is the same as the iPad Air 2 (240 x 169.5mm). It's slightly thicker though at 7.5mm, compared to 6.1mm, which is a bit of a modest increase. It's also about 30 grams heavier than the Air 2 (about the weight of a bag of crisps).

Where's the iPad Air 3?

It would seem that Apple is simplifying its lineup, just like we saw recently with the new MacBook range (which seems to have absorbed the Air brand). Seeing as the dimensions and internal spec of the new iPad are very close to the iPad Air 2, you could consider this the spiritual successor.

Is the new iPad more powerful than the iPad Air 2?

Yes, but just a little. The new iPad uses an A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor compared to the older A8x and M8. So more of a fine tune than a radical overall, but an improvement nonetheless. However, don't assume that means the old iPad Air 2 will be cheaper now...

How much is the new iPad 9.7?

Apple is coming in way cheaper than we expected. Prices in the US will started at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while UK customers saw a launch price of £339. As things stand today, that's cheaper than the iPad Air 2. The 16GB model of the iPad Air 2 seems to have been phased out at most retailers and isn't any cheaper. So if you're a new iPad buyer and don't need the pricey internal spec of the iPad Pro, the new iPad 9.7 is looking like your best option.

Can I put a SIM card in the new iPad?

Yes, but you'll need to opt for the more expensive cellular/4G model. This is only needed if you want to use data when away from Wi-Fi. At launch, prices for the cellular 32GB model cost $469/£469, with the 128GB model costing $559/£559.

What colors does the new iPad 9.7 come in?

For now, you can buy the new 9.7-inch iPad in Silver, Space Gray and Gold. There's no mention of a Rose Gold model yet, but we wouldn't rule one out in the future.

  • Check out the prices on the other models on our iPad deals page