New 9.7-Inch iPad and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Now Available to Order
Mar 24, 2017 8:06 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has just begun accepting orders for the new 9.7-inch iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores starting today.


The new 9.7-inch iPad is equipped with a faster Apple A9 chip and brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued. It is also somewhat thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 since it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.

The tablet's tech specs are otherwise identical to the iPad Air 2, including a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The new 9.7-inch iPad starts at $329 for a 32GB model with Wi-Fi, making it the cheapest new tablet that Apple has ever sold. Apple also offers a 128GB model with Wi-Fi for $429, while cellular-capable 32GB and 128GB models are available for $459 and $559 respectively in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is now available to order on Apple's website in dozens of countries around the world. The first online orders are estimated for delivery between March 31 and April 5 in the United States.

Apple said the new 9.7-inch iPad will be available to purchase at select Apple Stores, authorized resellers, and carrier stores starting next week in more than 20 countries, such as the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.


Apple's special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are also now available to order on Apple's website in 128GB and 256GB storage capacities for $749/$849 and $869/$969 respectively. Initial orders are slated for delivery on Tuesday, March 28 in the United States.

(PRODUCT)RED iPhones have a vibrant red finish complemented by a silver Apple logo and white front bezels. Apple said the models are in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), which gives customers a way to contribute to the Global Fund in support of HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.


The special edition iPhone joins the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, which is available to purchase year-round, including the full iPod line of products, Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, and a range of accessories for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

(PRODUCT)RED iPhones are available starting today at many Apple Stores, authorized resellers, and carrier stores in the United States and dozens of other countries. Apple said the new models will begin shipping to customers by the end of March in the United States and more than 40 countries and regions.

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16 months ago
That iPad is fabulous value. It'll definitely last a fair few years with that hardware. Yes there's no laminated display but as another poster pointed out, it means screen repairs will be much easier and cheaper if they're damaged.
Rating: 14 Votes
16 months ago

got my order in


NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I don't know why you bother coming on this website, you appear to be unhappy with everything Apple release/don't release/are rumoured to release.

For me personally, this seems a bargain. If there is a massive increased performance between this and my creaking iPad 3 count me in!
Rating: 14 Votes
16 months ago
I'll pass. Nothing here. Apple, Macs please!
Rating: 11 Votes
16 months ago
Who is ordering anything today? I don't see anything appealing
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago

I don't know why you bother coming on this website, you appear to be unhappy with everything Apple release/don't release/are rumoured to release.

For me personally, this seems a bargain. If there is a massive increased performance between this and my creaking iPad 3 count me in!


Literally every post he has made is anti-apple. I will never understand people that spend huge amounts of time on a company enthusiasts website just to bash the company. I have never been on any android or windows enthusiasts website to denigrate their products, because I don't care. Never. It just seems so weird to me that people spend so much of their time doing this. Oh well, to each his own.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
well, they got me. ordered the red plus 128gb.

the fool that i am!
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
How about an updated red Mac Pro for matching iPhone app development.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
got my order in

NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And here are my top 3 reasons why:

1) Apple doesn't do anything with the larger screen. It's a big iphone.
2) No Apple Pencil support.
3) Lack of reason to upgrade. Old generation ipads still functional to browse the web and watch videos.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
so when is iOS 10.3 released? i presume these ship with iOS 10.3??
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
Got my order in for a RED 7 plus! Available for pickup today! Whoohooo!!! This is my first smartphone. I've had ipods and ipads but always talked on a cheap tracfone. I'm really looking forward to using the camera. :)
Rating: 5 Votes

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