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At Just $329, Apple’s New iPad May Finally Replace Your Laptop

The newest tablet from Apple may be powerful enough to take on laptops.


Ever since its inception, the iPad has operated in the liminal space between toy and tool. Great for streaming movies and casually browsing, it’s never quite been enough to replace a laptop. Apple’s newest iPad may change that.

At its event in Cupertino this month, Apple revealed the specs on its newest entry-level tablet. The 7th-generation model will feature a 10.2-inch Retina display, A10 Fusion chip, smart connector for a full-sized keyboard and a host of cool new multitasking features in iPadOS.

The net effect: an iPad that’s significantly more powerful than its predecessors — possibly enough so to fill the needs of light laptop users. What’s more, the price is set at a reasonable $329. (Apple’s compatible iPad keyboard will run you an additional $160.)

Will the extra utility and approachability of Apple’s entry-level iPad make the Pro somewhat less appealing? Time will tell…

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