Teardown shows new iPad bears strong resemblance to original iPad Air


A teardown shows the new iPad looks a lot like the original iPad Air.


With its tablet sales on a sustained decline, Apple made a surprise move last month by introducing a new 9.7-inch iPad with a lower price point of $329. This new model replaces the iPad Air 2 in the company’s tablet lineup, but its specs suggested that newer doesn’t necessarily equal better. It uses the same A9 processor as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but it otherwise closely resembles the iPad line it supplants: the familiar 9.7-inch Retina display, 32GB and 128GB storage options, and so forth.

Thanks to the teardown specialists at iFixit,…

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