At its “Let’s Take a Field Trip” event held last Tuesday at a local Chicago public school, Apple premiered its newest, sixth generation 9.7 inch iPad model. The new model starts at $329 for the 32GB model, but schools benefit from educational discounts to purchase at $299 each. Next level models include a second Wi-Fi + Cellular model with the same 32-GB storage capacity at $459 and a 128-GB versions at $429 for the Wi-Fi version and $559 with cellular.
The new iPad is the first iPad model outside the Pro series to support the Apple Pencil. This is very useful for writing and drawing similar to using pencils and pens. This makes the new model more attractive to educational institutions, schools and students who are on the lookout for af-fordable tablets with drawing and writing capabilities. The Apple Pencil is still an add-on and re-tails at $99.
The new iPad has an upgraded processor, an A10 Fusion processor with 2GB of RAM available in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. This offers 40% faster performance and 50% better graphics performance. This is suitable for augmented reality applications.
This iPad also has a rear 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video and a FaceTime HD camera. Battery life is expected to last 10 hours.
The new iPad can be purchased online at the Apple store in a choice of silver, space gray, and gold finishes and is delivering to more than 25 countries already. The first list includes in addition to the United States and Canada, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Nether-lands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the UK. In April and May, the iPad will be released in India, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea and other markets.
Apart from buying directly from Apple, authorized reseller B&H is also selling the 2018 iPad line with no tax collected in most states.