The Apple iPad is not only the first iPad line of models released but also one of the best-selling ones. With the price of an Apple iPad being slightly higher than the Mini and the Air, the tablet does deliver a few extras in terms of performance and features. It is easy to find the justifiable differences that make it a more expensive device and why it caters more to professionals rather than casual users.
While being launched back in late 2019, the iPad does not feel dated in any way. It uses the Apple A10 Fusion SoC with a quad-core CPU and PowerVR GPU. While newer hardware has been released by Apple, the main focus on more recent CPUs has been on power draw. The Apple A10 still performs flawlessly even on the latest version of iPadOS.
The main camera is an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, it has a 1.2 MP one with an f/2.2 aperture. Photos and selfies will look great with these two cameras alone, requiring little if any software processing.
One interesting aspect about the Apple iPad and why the price of an Apple iPad may still be worth it is the amazing display and the presence of a 3.5mm jack audio port. While all newer devices from Apple ditched the jack port, with the 2019 Apple iPad you can still use your old headphones. Also, the tablet still comes with a charger, something that is missing from newer Apple products.
How Much Should You Pay For One?
Certainly, not more than what Apple sells it for on their official website. You will notice that you have a few configuration options that will determine the price of an Apple iPad.
The first thing that you need to decide upon is the color. That does not influence the price. What will change the price is the internal storage you pick for the iPad. You can get it in 32 or 128 GB of internal storage. The last option you have is to choose between Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular.
If we put things together, the cheapest Apple iPad you can get is the one with 32 GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi only. This can be purchased for S$499 directly from Apple. If you go for the one with 128 GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular, you can expect to pay around S$849. Depending on your configuration, you can get anything in between in terms of pricing.
If you want to get a better deal on a new Apple iPad, you can also check with local mobile carriers. Most of them offer at least one tablet model from Apple. What you will notice is that carriers usually have just the Wi-Fi + Cellular on sale. This is because they want to sell a data plan as well. If you decide to get it with a data plan, you can get a discount on the tablet. The price of an Apple iPad can be much lower than what you can get it for directly from Apple.