The key changes for mobile musicians are:
- The upgraded A9 CPU should be significantly faster. The A9-powered iPad Pro is about twice as fast as the earlier iPad Air 2.
- The new iPad is 20% thicker than the iPad Air it replaces, about the same as the original iPad Air.
- Baseline memory has been doubled to 32GB.
The new iPad retains the same connectivity as the iPad Air 2, and does not include support for Apple Pro features, like Apple Pencil.
Pricing & Availability
The new iPad is available to order beginning Friday, March 24, priced starting at US $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.