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What’s that Timmy? It’s that time of year again? A new iPad, you say? Well by golly, isn’t that just something! At least that’s what Apple are expecting us to say. And while it pains me to say, yes, it’s a new iPad and yes, that’s good and yes, you’ll probably want it (gimme gimme gimme), but has Apple really changed enough for you to justify dumping your old 5th Generation iPad from 2017 to invest in the 6th Generation, or is the iPad 2018 simply a rehashed version of an existing Apple product? Let’s delve deeper into the latest addition to the Apple family…

 

Same Old, Same Old?

At first glance you’d struggle to see much difference between the 2017 iPad and the 2018 version and that’s because on the surface there isn’t. Both iPad’s are 9.7-inches with an aluminium body that’s 7.5mm thick (the iPad Air 2 was just 6.1mm) and weigh just 469g (Wi-Fi-only) or 478g (Wi-Fi + Cellular). It’s a shame that Apple haven’t managed to slim down the iPad 9.7 (2018), however that does mean the 6th Generation iPad has enough room to retain it’s 3.5mm headphone jack (something that’s disappeared on the iPhone), which means you aren’t forced into buying in a pair of Bluetooth earphones like Apple’s very own (and expensive) AirPods – music to my ears.

If you were expecting an upgrade to the camera, you’ll be disappointed. The camera hasn’t changed either. Apple are yet to release a budget iPad with a camera beyond 8mp (you’ll have to get a Pro for that). It’s the same camera that you’ll also find on both the iPad Mini 4 and the 2017 iPad 9.7-inch tablet. Most disappointing is the 1.2mp FaceTime camera which is dismal when compared to the Pro’s 7mp. But while the camera won’t perform as well as the 12mp set-up on the Pro tablets (who buys an iPad for the camera anyway) it does sit more flush on this latest iteration of the iPad compared to the Pro which is slightly raised – so swings and roundabouts.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the aerial on the cellular models which protrudes slightly due to the rubber that covers it.

 

More Vrooom For Your Buck

So enough of what hasn’t changed, what makes this iPad stand out from, well, the other iPad. Well, firstly, there’s a bit more power under that hood. Apple have managed to pack in an A10 Fusion chip into the iPad 2018. For comparison purposes, the iPad (2017) came with an A9 chip, while the iPad Pro (12.9 and 10.5) has an impressive A10X chip. But while increased performance is all well and good (and quite frankly expected), this isn’t the biggest news worthy change. Let’s be honest, a faster processor is pretty much a given.

 

For the People

The biggest change to the iPad 2018 is that… dadada da… drumroll please… it’s Apple Pencil friendly. That’s right, you rumbled, grumbled and scowled, then you downright demanded and Apple listened… mostly. Precision drawing is no longer reserved for the privileged few who can afford an iPad Pro. Apple have made the iPad 6 compatible with their coveted stylus, allowing us mere tablet dabblers a chance at creating digital art without paying over the odds for an oversized, high performance Pro tablet we simply don’t want need or can afford. Sadly, the iPad 2018 is lacking a Smart Keyboard Connector, meaning that you’ll have to reply on the Bluetooth variety. So if this is something you were after, you may want to wait for the iPad 2019.

 

Because You’re Worth It

Just like the iPad 2017, the 2018 iPad is a good solid tablet at a price the average user can get on board with. Sure, there are improvements that could be made (3D Touch, Face ID, support for P3 wide colour and True Tone), but these are all things that make the Pro, well a Professional iPad with the price tag to match. If you already have the iPad 2017 however and can make do with a non-Apple stylus, this isn’t the iPad for you. The 2017 9.7 iPad is still perfectly fine. If this is your first iPad and don’t want to pay for a Pro tablet then you can’t go wrong with the 2018 iPad (6th Gen.), it basically does everything the previous model did but a little better.

What’s in the Box

Apple iPad (2018)
Design91%
Usability87%
Battery Life89%
Display79%
Sound Quality65%
82%Overall Score
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