Not necessarily faster, but it’s better than ever.
While Apple typically always introduces a faster and more expensive iPad, this year’s 2018 version (or 6th-generation) updates the 2017 iPad in a more affordable form. It’s clear that Apple’s tablet isn’t just made for those who can afford the expensive price as shown by the iPad Pro line, but this cheaper option gives everyone a chance to enjoy the tablet that’s backed by millions of apps that also take a notch better than Android-based tablets.
The 2018 iPad is basically last year’s 2017 version with a few upgrades: most notably the support for Apple Pencil which was originally exclusive to the iPad Pro line. This iPad also utilizes the A10 Fusion chip that originally powered the iPhone 7.
Dimensions are mostly the same, and it also has the same 9.7-inch display that features 1536-by-2048 pixels. Gone are the fancy additions from the iPad Pro like ProMotion and True Tone display support.
Then again, that’s the whole point of this iPad. It is offering you an alternative from the more expensive options, which could be an ideal choice for someone looking for their first iPad or, as Apple has highlighted it in its recent keynote, a tool for education.
Take my mother’s case, for example, she uses an iPad Mini for a couple of years until she asked me if I can get her an iPad with a bigger screen – since getting her a Pro isn’t really ideal, this cheaper iPad is the best choice.
Other specifications on the 2018 iPad include an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also a choice between 32 GB and 128 GB of storage and a Wi-Fi and Cellular option.
It runs iOS 11 perfectly well, and with my time with it, I didn’t notice any slowdowns or lagging. Everything from browsing the internet to editing a video on iMovie was smooth and seamless. I’ve even used the Apple Pencil and it still worked the same way as it did when I was using the iPad Pro 10.5-inch.
The latest improvements in ARKit introduced on iOS 11.3 showcased how AR can help apps be more inactive. I see now how this tablet can be a great tool for education.
In the weeks I have spent with it, it still amazes me that it can still deliver the same 10-hour battery life which I was used to from the previous iPads I have used.
With a starting price of 1349 AED, in which you can get further discounts if you are a student, the 2018 iPad only proves that Apple has perfected what a tablet should be able to do.
If I were to choose, I’d still prefer the 10.5-inch iPad – but that‘s because I choose to get the extra fancy features. That doesn’t make this iPad less capable. In fact, the cheaper price makes the 2018 Apple iPad one of the best tablets that you can buy.
– Same beautiful design
– A10 Fusion still works perfectly
– Still one of the best tablets available
– Incredible price
– None so far!
Final Rating: 5/5