Apple users don't tend to upgrade their iPad as much as they do their iPhone. This means a lot of iPad owners are still using older models making a new iPad a great gift idea. However, you must be careful when buying someone a new iPad. For example, the current 9.7-inch model isn't much of an upgrade from the iPad Air 2, but it is better than the iPad Air and iPad 4.
The 9.7-inch iPad is available for $329 making it the most affordable model in Apple's current tablet lineup. It features the same resolution (2048‑by‑1536) as the iPad mini 4, and it is powered by the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s. The 2017 iPad model is equipped with an 8mp camera, and includes most of Apple's current technology, such as Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay. It does not work with the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard.