During their education event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled their latest tablet offering. They called it “The New iPad”.
Starting off at the display it’s got a 9.7″ Retina display (same one as the previous model).
For those of you wondering it does have a headphone jack (so breathe a sigh of relief on that front).
Switching to the camera, it’s got an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera on the front.
One of the more interesting additions is that it supports the Apple Pencil stylus. Therefore, any apps that support the Apple Pencil will also work if you are using it on this iPad.
On the inside, it’s got an A10 processor (slightly more powerful than the previous iPad) along with your usual array of Wi-Fi (802.11 AC) and Bluetooth. If you are going for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model then it will support LTE (if your smartphone provider/network/carrier supports that technology).
It also supports Augmented Reality (AR: super-imposing virtual objects onto the real world using the camera at the back of the iPad). For example, if you point the iPad at a table then you will be able to have a closer look at the human anatomy.
The 6th generation/2018 iPad is available to order right now from Apple’s website and starts at £319 for the 32GB version of the Wi-Fi only model. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model will start from £449 for the 32GB version. It will come in Silver, Space Grey and Gold. Schools will be able to pick one up for a discounted price.
Whilst the above pictures show it, I should say that the Apple Pencil does not come with the new iPad. You can buy that separately for £89 if you want it.
Otherwise, the new iPad will be available to buy later this week in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA, India, Russia, Thailand and Turkey. More countries will get the iPad in April. Those of you in South Korea and other countries will get the iPad in May.
Overall, not much has changed about the new iPad. It’s basically a bump up in the internal hardware plus support for the Apple Pencil.
Personally, I do not really care enough about the Apple Pencil working with this new iPad. I can see that a stylus is useful especially when annotating images, drawing or annotating powerpoint slides.
In short, it’s nothing to write home about. Whether it’s enough of a performance increase (from the previous iPad) to warrant a purchase remains to be seen.
Will you be buying the new iPad? If so, why? Let me know in the comments.