Apple just cut the price of one iPad and killed another entirely

Pictured: Apple iPad (10th Generation)
// The last iPad with a headphone jack sails into the night
Fergus Halliday
May 08, 2024
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Apple has announced a refresh of its iPad Air and iPad Pro lines this week but if you're not a power user the real story is that the cheapest iPad in the lineup is getting a price cut.

Introduced back in 2022, the 10th-generation iPad was originally launched at a price that started at $749. In case you forgot, the big story at the time was that this was the first cheap iPad to feature a modern redesign complete with a USB-C port.

However, that's not to say it was all-roses for the entry-level device. In his review of the budget-friendly iPad, Alex Choros called it a good tablet let down by a bad price.

"At $749, the new iPad is disoriented. It's not a value play in the same way its predecessor is. If you want a cheap iPad, you'll buy last year's model. You miss out on a nicer design and a slightly larger screen, but neither dramatically improves the day-to-day iPad experience."

Going forward, you'll be able to snag Apple's 10th-generation iPad for just $599. This changes the equation in its favour. However, opting for the older model is also no longer an option for those who aren't willing to buy a refurbished tablet.

Alongside the price cut for its successor, Apple has moved to retire the 9th Generation iPad for good. As a result, Apple now no longer sells any iPads with an old-school headphone jack. While it's a sad day for those still using wired headphones, but hardly a surprise to anyone at this point.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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