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Don’t worry if you missed out on an earlier deal for Apple’s 2021 iPad. Amazon is selling the 64GB entry-level iPad for $299, or $30 off the usual price. The 256GB variant recently dropped a similar amount to $449. That matches a previous discount at Walmart and Amazon, and is currently the lowest price we’ve seen for Apple’s latest 10.2-inch slate. Just don’t fret over color choices or shipping times — only Space Gray models appear to be in stock, and you’ll have to wait around three weeks for it to be delivered.
The basic design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in recent years, but the under-the-hood upgrades are particularly notable this year. The tablet now uses an A13 Bionic chip that’s reportedly 20 percent faster than in the previous iPad, making it a better fit for gaming or creative tasks. This may also be a good pick for an era of remote work and virtual friend visits, as an ultra-wide 12MP front camera offers Center Stage to keep you in view as you move around.
Just don’t expect a revamp on par with the new iPad mini or 2020’s iPad Air. You won’t find an all-screen design, USB-C, second-generation Pencil support or an improved rear camera. This is for anyone who wants a no-frills tablet that should still last a long while — if that’s all you’re looking for, you’ll probably be happy.
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