Earlier this year Apple returned to its education roots by releasing a sixth-generation iPad aimed at teachers and students. The latest 9.7-inch model is not only available at the discounted price of $299 for schools, but it is also the first non-Pro tablet to offer Apple Pencil support. The Apple stylus is available for $99 making it a bit pricey for schools thus defeating the purpose of Apple offering the iPad at a discounted price. Apple does offer a $10 student discount, but that's hardly a dent for struggling education budgets.
9.7-inch iPad (2018)
Apple on Monday released several 12- to 17-second spots on its UK YouTube channel. The videos highlight the abilities of the Apple Pencil on the new 9.7-inch iPad. The new iPad is the first non-Pro model to feature Apple Pencil support, and Apple has been promoting both the stylus and iPad in a series of video ads around the world, starting with Turkey.
The WiFi-only 9.7-inch iPad weighs 1.03 pounds (469 g), and the cellular model weighs 1.05 pounds (478 g). It is 9.4 inches (240 mm) x 6.6 inches (169.5 mm) x 0.29 inch (7.5 mm).
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro weights the same at 1.03 pounds, and the 12.9-inch model is 1.53 pounds. The lightest available model is of course the iPad mini 4 at 0.65 pound.
The iPad 6 released in 2018 is equipped with two speakers, unlike the iPad Pro models which ship with four speakers. The 9.7-inch model also includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack for audio.
The 9.7-inch iPad was released on March 27, 2018 at at its education event in Chicago. It is equipped with an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, an embedded M10 coprocessor, 8MP camera and it ships with Apple Pencil support. It is availble through apple.com, Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers starting at $329.
Is the sixth-generation iPad worth buying?
Typically it depends on what you're looking for when purchasing a new iPad, but when it comes to the sixth 9.7-inch iPad, or second "low-cost" iPad, it really comes down to one thing: speed. The 2018 model isn't much of an upgrade over the previous. The only real difference is the A10 processor, which makes the 2018 model 40 percent faster than the 2017 model. The new iPad is also equipped with Broadcom chips for Apple Pencil support. A feature not found on the previous model.
The iPad 6, introduced on March 24, 2018, is equipped with an Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24 SoC with 2 GB Micron D9VBD LPDDR4 SDRAM, according to iFixit. It is "40 percent faster" than the iPhone 5, with 50 percent faster graphics performance, according to Apple.
iFixit has released its report on the education iPad, aka the iPad 6, and it has earned a 2 out 10 (10 is easiest to repair) on the Repairability scale.
The newly released 9.7-inch iPad is equipped with much of the same hardware found inside its predecessor, the original "low-cost" iPad (fifth-generation). The only differences between the two models are the A10 Fusion processor and Apple Pencil support. The tear down also revealed 2GB of RAM, the same Broadcom chips found in the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and a 32.9 Wh battery.
Apple's 9.7-inch iPad does not ship with AirPods or Earpods. It only ships with a Lightning to USB Cable
and USB Power Adapter.
No iOS products ship with AirPods, not even the iPhone X. AirPods are sold separately through apple.com or third party retailers. AirPods retail for $159.99 and include a charging case.
Apple replaced its original 9.7-inch "low cost" iPad with a new model on March 27, 2018 at its education event in Chicago. The new iPad ships with an updated A10 chip, AR support, and Apple Pencil support. Pricing however remained the same. The iPad starts at $329 for consumers and $299 for students and teachers.
- 32GB - $329
- 128GB - $429
Wi-Fi + Cellular
- 32GB - $459
- 128GB - $459
The 9.7-inch iPad (2018) is powered by an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and Embedded M10 coprocessor. It is 40 percent faster than its predecessor with 50 percent faster graphics performance, according to Apple.