iPad 2018 Review: 6th Generation Brings Apple Pencil Support

Our views and reviews on the new sixth-generation iPad 2018. We have also included our top picks for discounted cases to go with the device.

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Apple Pencil compatibility with the new 9.7 inch iPad is the current talk of the town from Apple’s latest public announcement in Chicago, but things don’t end there.

However, if you’ve been expecting anything more than a normal upgraded iPad, possibly with FaceID and A11x Fusion chip and high-end camera, you’ve set yourself up for disappointment. It was an education focused event, and what we got out of it was more than we bargained for.

The significantly lower price tag ($329 for the general public, and $299 for schools) and the Apple Pencil support, along with other bells and whistles previously restricted to the iPad Pro lineup, have earned this device a new name in my book: “iPad Pro Junior.”

Oh, and before we jump into the full review, take a look at these awesome discounts on the 2018 iPad cases. Thank us later.

Discount offer on the new iPad Cases

ProCase iPad 9.7 Case 2018 / 2017 iPad Case – Stand Folio Cover Case for Apple iPad 9.7 inch, Also Fit iPad Air 2 / iPad Air -Teal

Price: $29.99 
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ProCase iPad 9.7 Case 2018 iPad 6th Generation Case / 2017 iPad 5th Generation Case – Ultra Slim Lightweight Stand Case with Translucent Frosted Back Smart Cover for Apple iPad 9.7 Inch –Turquoise

 

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ProCase iPad 9.7 Case 2018 iPad 6th Generation Case / 2017 iPad 5th Generation Case – Ultra Slim Lightweight Stand Case with Translucent Frosted Back Smart Cover for Apple iPad 9.7 Inch –Rose Gold

 

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Design and Features

Unlike the iPad Pro that’s focused on use for professionals, this new iPad is meant for the education sector. That explains the thick bezels, the lack of laminated display and other finer details (akin to the 2017 iPad) which a school student just might not care about. Basically, it holds on to the design form factor that we know iPad to have. 

Apple Pencil... and Crayon ($49)

The biggest feature by far is the support for Apple Pencil, which by the way will retail for $89 for students and schools instead of the regular $99 sticker price for the general public. However, since $89 might still be sort of a stretch for most students, Apple has teamed up with Logic to bring you Crayon that works just like the Apple Pencil but lacks in its pro use cases (like pressure sensitivity). Crayon retails for $49.

The lack of smart connector is an issue but can Logitech’s new rugged case for iPad that has its own smart keyboard connector solves that problem. Hence, in the features department, there’s no real addition, but simply upgrades to the old ones. 

The Camera

An 8Mp camera offering on the rear shoots 1080p HD video while the front-facing camera is still a meagre 1.2Mp with 720p HD. The shooters haven’t changed from last year’s iPad, so that’s a bummer, but they can get all the camera-related job done pretty well.

Upgraded Storage for Schools

Apple has taken an unlikely step and provides 200 GB of iCloud storage for students instead of a mere 5 GB for the iPad 2018 lineup. This is great news for students since they’re already getting their hands on the new iPad for $299. This overhaul in iCloud storage means sharing an account between students and supporting multi-user will be a better experience from now. 

Upgraded Processor

The A10 Fusion processor used for iPad 2018 enables multi-tasking and better graphics performance, an overhaul to last year’s iPad. These superior graphics are not just another feature, they are a key to better Augmented Reality (AR) experience as well. This can range from dissecting a virtual frog to experiencing artwork in a greater detail than ever before for schools.

Bottom Line

A10 Fusion’s processing power, Apple Pencil support, upgraded iCloud storage, and an overall educational package at this price tag just might make the new iPad a go to for all schools. However, it’s not just schools that can take advantage of this new price and upgraded specs, it’s us, the general masses, that can get into the iPad and Apple ecosystem without emptying our wallets.

The new iPad is more powerful than most laptops in this price range and definitely the best option for students as well as creative individuals. 

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