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It’s back to basics with the new iPad

Posted:  March 21, 2017   By:    13 comments   

Apart from introducing the red iPhone 7 and larger iPhone SE storage options, Apple has also introduced its new iPad in Malaysia. This replaces their 2-year-old iPad Air 2 and it’s their most affordable 9.7″ iPad right now.

The new iPad is simply called the “iPad” and it retains the same 9.7″ Retina Display that pushes 2048×1536 resolution. Like the rest of its iPad models, it also comes with Touch ID on the home button. Powering the new 9.7″ iPad is Apple’s A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor that’s also powering the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. This should be a notch above its previous iPad Air 2 that runs on an older triple-core A8X chip.

For imaging, it gets a similar camera set up as the current iPad mini 4 as it gets an 8MP f/2.4 main camera and a front-facing 1.2MP camera for FaceTime HD.

In terms of dimensions, the new iPad is thicker at 7.5mm and it weighs 469g for the WiFi version or 478g for the 4G capable model. As a comparison, the iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm thin and it weighs as light as 437g for the WiFi version. Connectivity wise, it supports dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and the cellular version has additional support for 21 LTE bands. As usual, the battery claims to push up to 10 hours of web surfing or video watching over WiFi.

The new 9.7″ iPad are priced as follows in Malaysia:

iPad WiFi 32GB – RM1,549
iPad WiFi 128GB – RM1,999

iPad WiFi + Cellular 32GB – RM2,199
iPad WiFi + Cellular 128GB – RM2,649

If you’re interested, the new iPad will be available on the Malaysian online store beginning 24 March. You can have it in Gold, Silver and Dark Grey colour options.

SEE ALSO:  Thailand gets its first official Apple Store. Malaysia bila lagi?

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13 Comments for It’s back to basics with the new iPad


apple is massive bulk buyer with tight grip on suppliers , yet still wants to charge each buyer extra RM650 to add in a LTE radio ….. definitely exploiting gullible youngsters


    Back to basic? More like out of ideas..


      why dont u run back to ur mommy.
      cry baby…..


        Who's crying?

User 1

have you read. The reason its thickness its because of the display. It's different from the Air 2. Please note and update accordingly

    User 1

    Update: After a careful look at Apple's iPad comparison page, we've found the new iPad's Achilles' heel. Its screen isn't laminated to the glass and doesn't have the anti-reflective treatment found on the screen of every other iPad. The iPad Air 2, by comparison, had a fully-laminated screen, which removes a visible gap between the display and the glass cover. If you've used a device with a laminated screen (which includes most phones out there now), the notion of going backwards there isn't promising.

    Indeed, as a device that is basically meant to be a giant window to the internet, skimping on the screen here is a bummer. The new iPad's price point is still excellent, but there's no doubt this is a budget iPad compared to the Pro.



      Fully laminated display can be found in iPad Air 2 onwards, not on the screen of every other iPad. No iPad mini has ever had.

      Also, this iPad also have ~20% more battery capacity than Air 2. Its casing also exactly same with iPad Air 1.


        Sorry, IPad Mini 4 actually has AR coating same with the Air 2 as it was introduced at the same time. What Mini 4 lack is 120Hz digitizer.

Vincent Wee

it is still not available on 24 March 2017, maybe you should update your article

    Keith K

    Yeap. Still not available yet as on 31st March 2017.


I have check with apple helpline yesterday, they also can’t confirm the date will be Available in Msia. We just can patiently wait.


Available for sale on Apple website now

Vincent Wee

Yeah, available since yesterday to order online.