brand-new base model SE for$399 beginning Friday, March 24. Goodbye, iPadAir. Hello, new 9.7-inch Retina iPad.Apple’s brand-new tablet, just called iPad, begins at$329,$ 70 less than the previous entry-level iPad. Apple is phasing out the iPad Air 2, the last of the Air line, to make the brand-new iPad its lowest-priced, best-in-class computer system. The iPad can be found in 32GB and 128GB versions (the bigger one is $100 more) with TouchID, an A9 chip, 10-hour battery life, and the normal range of color choices (silver, gold, space gray).