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Differences Between The 2018 iPad 9.7 And 2017 Model

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Differences Between The 2018 iPad 9.7 And 2017 Model

At their eduction event, Apple today has announced a new 9.7″ iPad. It looks quite similar to the previous 2017 iPad, and in most ways, it is. So what’s the difference between the 2018 iPad 9.7 vs the 2017 iPad?

The new 2018 iPad features Apple’s A10 Fusion Chip, with the 2017 iPad featuring the A9. The M9 coprocessor in the 2017 iPad was also updated to a M10. The new 2018 iPad fully supports the Apple Pencil, whereas the previous generation didn’t.

Not only is this great for teachers and students, but it also is great for artists on a budget. The Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive, which allows for much more precision that just isn’t possible with a standard stylus. Along with being pressure sensitive, the Apple Pencil supports palm rejection, which allows students to use the iPad more like a traditional notebook. The 2018 9.7″ iPad doesn’t have a smart connector, improved camera, 120Hz ProMotion display, or a True Tone display like the more expensive iPad Pro lineup.

It’s clear that this new iPad is aimed for the education and budget markets, with a price tag of just $329. What’s interesting was the the iPad Mini was originally supposed to be the solution to a budget friendly iPad. We’ll have to see if Apple decides to update the aging iPad Mini lineup, or if the budget 9.7” iPad will slowly replace the iPad Mini altogether. With the iPad Mini 4 featuring an Apple A8 processor and starting at $399, you get a lot less bang for your buck compared to the new 9.7″ iPad.

What do you think of the new 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil support? Do you plan to buy one now that it supports the Apple Pencil? Do you think this budget iPad is a good replacement to the iPad Mini? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!

Here’s a quick specs comparison highlighting what’s changed between two generations.

Specs

iPad 9.7 (2018)

iPad 9.7 (2017)

Processor

A10 Fusion

A9

RAM

2GB (Unconfirmed)

2GB

Display Size

9.7-inch

9.7-inch

Resolution

2048X1536

2048X1536

Apple Pencil Support

Yes

No

Smart Connector

No

No

ProMotion Display

No

No

TrueTone Display

No

No

Cameras

8-Megapixel Back and HD Front

8-Megapixel Back and HD Front

Touch ID

Yes

Yes

Storage

32GB and 128GB

32GB and 128GB

LTE

Yes

Yes

Pricing

$329 ($299 for schools)

$329 ($299 for schools)


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