Apple’s newest 2018 iPad is basically the 2017 model with a faster processor and support for the apple pencil, a pricey stylus that lets you draw on the screen with remarkable accuracy.
Apple unveiled the new iPad at an event in Chicago touting its commitment to education. It stills feels like a miss compared to its primary Chromebook competitors.
For average customers, this updated iPad feels like a Solid A, with the iPad pro remaining the A+. The world of iOS apps is chock full of everything you need, and even without the fancy screen upgrades of the iPad pro, the retina screen remains gorgeous and responsive.
Yes, buying the pencil and good keyboard or case gets you back up into the pricing territory of a midrange windows laptop.
The 2018, iPad 9.7 inch model has the same build, but improves all its internal significantly faster, beating out every iPhone and iPad in benchmark, except last year’s iPad pros and the iPhone 8, 8 plus and X.
Apple has also knitted pencil support into its iWork suite of apps, including pages, as well as the built in notes app. Instant annotations of pdf and photos are easy, and it’s responsiveness is great. But you don’t need the pencil. Your finger will work just fine for basic mark-up.